Returning to a Language

Hello everyone

This is undoubtedly a topic that has been covered before, but how does one approach returning to a language? I know Steve has brushed upon the topic before in some of videos, often expressing that if you return to a language at a later date you will become better in the language than when you had originally started, But I more wanted to ask about what the best way is to return after multiple years of non study? I’m talking about a language that I haven’t studied for a couple of years and at my peak I was probably early/mid intermediate level. So should I just throw myself in at the deep end or try to ease myself back into it? incidentally this is not a language I can study on Lingq. Any advice would be greatly appreciated :slight_smile: Thanks!

What kind of material do you have available? What do you prefer? Listening, reading? Would you be happy to feel uncomfortable at a higher level or would it be better for you to start a few steps back?

Whenever I go back, I burn the candle at both ends, so to speak: I look at beginners’ material and try to listen to the news or some documentaries on the telly.

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If it is something that is on DuoLingo. Smash it there for some easy wins. It will come back pretty quickly. Start listening again to get the rhythm and then maybe try a basic lesson with someone. It’ll be hard as hell, but given your previous skills you should begin to recover quickly enough.

That;s the thing, there’s not a great deal of material out there for it. I have some DVD’s with subtitles so I don’t know if I should just try and look at some of them to “jog” my memory or whether I should almost “start” over. I don’t know what i’ve forgotten if that makes sense :stuck_out_tongue:

That sounds like a good idea actually, and I checked and it is on DuoLingo. I think I’ll try that and see how much i’ve forgotten :stuck_out_tongue: It doesn’t seem the sort of web site you could use to reach an advanced level on, or am I judging it too early in that respect? Thank you for the suggestion also :slight_smile: