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My greatest difficulty is remembering, retaining and maintaining what I learned.
Being able to find native speakers to speak with when not travelling and trying to schedule time to actually practice my speaking skills on Skype. I definitely need a lot more of speaking practice, especially with Japanese.
Finding people who are willing to practice with you, and not just one way conversations. I find it hard also to juggle school, work, girlfriend, guitar, and my many languages.
I think the greatest difficulty in any language is the only "vocablory".
becasue the sequence of the sentences in all languages is almost same the differ is "what is the name of that specific thing in specific language".
No favourable environment to practice is the most prominent problem for most beginners . It is so harsh reality in front of you that you cannot find a reliable native speaker to learn either . Language school could be the preferred option for most learners .
Oh, actually for me it's the fact that I tend to forget new words extremely quickly!
The thing is that I'm really good in my native language (I'm kind of a lawyer and have to talk a lot and to do so really impressively, using really long compound sentences, etc) and I get really disappoined, not - gutted with the way I sometimes 'perform' in English! I know it's the gospel truth that without practising there ain't be any results, but you know... when you want to speak like Stephen Fry but you from time to time you express yourself live a chav it's not that much encouraging at all.
So. for me the main thing is to have patience and don't think of myself that I'm an utterly hopeless linguistic case, to overcome the fact that learning a language literally takes time.