What's your next step in your language-learning journey? You've reached your goal, are now comfortable enough to speak without too much difficulties, what now?
Mar 17, 2017 3:36 PM
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I still keep practicing the languages that I have an advanced level in because I want to internalize the process to the point that it becomes second nature. I guess I just accept the fact that it's something I would need to do for the rest of my life if I don't want to lose that acuity. So for me, I'd say it's not so much about having a goal as it is about struggling against complacency upon having reached it. That's why I think it's important to keep challenging yourself, like reading more complex books, working with other accent variations, or improving your accent in your target language. There's always room for improvement.

March 17, 2017

Hi Torusan and Alan, 

Thank you both for giving your thoughts on that matter.
What I will retain from your answers is that there's no ultimate goal to language learning as it is an everlasting process. 

Far be it from you to rest on your laurels! Quite admirable!

March 18, 2017

Good question.

I can't see myself ever reaching that point. I agree with Torusan, even if you can say the words you haven't necessarily internalised it. That process can take decades rather than years. Even with our native languages, people under 10 can understand normal conversation and have a normal conversation but it'[s not until they're well into high school that they can speak and write in a genuinely articulate way. Even then I don't think there is a day when they can say "Well, that's it, now I've learnt the language". There's no finish line; there are always ways to improve your language skills in any language, including your own.

In the case of a language that you may have learnt but may not speak every day, there are also issues with idioms. It's easy to study the "standard" language, but courses and textbooks don't necessarily give you a sense of the way that the language is spoken "on the streets". This is something that you'll be learning forever.

Reading, watching TV shows or movies, reading some of the better quality newspapers online in your target language; you have to do things like this regularly or you'll lose the language skills anyway. So for me, I can't see it ever being a question of "What now?"

March 17, 2017
The next step should be to learn about the history of language 
March 18, 2017