Hello everyone! This is my first post to the forum and I need some advice.
After wanting to Japanese for many years, I was recommended WaniKani/Tofugu and it’s really helped make this language feel like something I could really learn and has motivated me a lot!
Right now, this is great because my university is on summer break so I have a lot of free time to study Japanese.
My issue comes in that when I begin my second year, I will have a weekly language class for sign language.
I spent my first year in a sign language club learning the basics and my uni has a program for second years getting proper language lessons for free that you take as part of your main course/major.
I know learning multiple languages is more difficult than a singular one. But unfortunately:
A) I still do feel like learning sign language is something I want to do (even if I feel more motivated towards Japanese)
B) I’ve spent the last year telling all my family (who do not understand passion for learning language beyond “looks good when applying for jobs”) that I am planning to study sign language and since the lessons have to be done online, I feel like they’d notice if I swapped classes from BSL to Japanese.
(also before anyone asks, my school only allows one language class per student so I can’t just do both)
I also have past experience of trying and failing to keep up with Spanish (which I was already a high school level at), Esperanto and Japanese on Duolingo simultaneously (I don’t know why i picked those three either)
Sign language is quite different from Japanese so I was hoping someone would have experience and tips for learning two very different languages at once and not getting overwhelmed or neglecting one.