when you are no longer immersed in it!
1. Go to your local library. Many larger libraries have great resources including books, magazines and newspapers in foreign languages. Keep magazines on your coffee table and pore through them at any chance you get, or read Cervantes or Goethe in their original languages next time you are lounging by the pool.
2. Rent and watch foreign films. The great thing about DVDs especially is that you can include subtitles in English or the foreign language of your choice, or you can opt for no subtitles at all. If you are just learning a language, this is also a great way to learn more; you'd be amazed at how much you can understand from just watching the action of the plot. Also, get out to the cinema and see as many foreign films as you can!
3. Self-study. There are several books you can purchase that offer lessons solely in review, so you won't have to waste time learning basics again.
4. Listen to the radio. I was amazed recently to find that one of our AM stations here offered a Spanish-speaking program late at night. Check out local listings - there is no better way of feeling immersed than driving in your car, listening to a foreign program.
5. Listen to foreign music. You'll be singing along in no time!
6. Join local conversation groups. Universities are a great place to start, but most major cities have independent conversation groups that meet at coffee shops or libraries. Although most members will not be fluent in the selected language, at least you will feel immersed again in this type of setting.
7. Chat rooms. At times, the foreign chat rooms can be a bit too informal, but think of it this way: you will pick up more slang!
There really is nothing like being in another country, where the language is all around you at all times, but if you utilize the resources your city has to offer, you will be amazed at how well you will get back in the swing of things!
By Horizontra | Published 06/29/2004