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 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.
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
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 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