While learning the English language may involve more work than most people expect maintaining the level you’re at is not something that just comes with the territory. Let’s say that you reach your desired level of proficiency. Depending on the reasons you learned the language and how you will be using it this may vary from beginner level where you can only understand basic terms to fluent where you can talk and write with the best of native speakers.
Once most people reach this point they consider that regressing is practically impossible and will stop practicing or having anything to do with the English language. This may be fine if your job, studies or lifestyle demands you use English on a daily basis, however, if for whatever reason you didn’t get the chance the use the language at all, you will have to maintain some form of practice in order to retain what you learned.
Learning English Is Not Like Riding A Bike
Learning the English language is not like riding a bike. As hard it may be for you to learn the grammar or to increase your vocabulary, it can be extremely easy to forget everything, lose your accent or even lose the ability to speak and understand the language altogether.
In order to avoid this all students that don’t speak English on a daily basis or at the very least a couple of times a week need to develop a system where they either repeat some key lessons, do some exercise or use their already formed skills and converse with other English speakers.
There are numerous ways of keeping things light so you won’t have to permanently be in the midst of learning the language in order to keep what you know fresh. You can even make this a growing experience and incorporate it into something you’ve been putting off for some time. Starting a blog, writing articles for a website or becoming more socially active can be great ways of having fun, doing something productive and keeping your English knowledge fresh.
It’s Important Not To Make Practicing A Chore
It’s important not to make this a chore. Don’t think that you now need to have an inseparable bond with the language in order to remember it. Think of practice as a new opportunity to use what you already know. You won’t have to do demanding exercises or read volumes upon volumes of text. Simply explore, read and have fun. A new world of opportunity will be available on the internet. Watch movies, read up English magazines for your favorite hobbies or even travel. Don’t consider the fact that you learned a new language as wasted time even if you didn’t get to use it for its original purpose. Try to find better jobs with the help of your improved resume or try to get better paying work abroad.
You will also be able to more easily learn a third language if you find the time and resources as you are pretty much aware of how a language learning process should go.