So let us say you have finished your course in the English language and you are at a level you feel comfortable with. A level that allows you to easily make yourself understood when talking to both native and non-native speakers, one that would allow you to say just about anything you would in you native tongue and be just as clearly understood.
So… what now? You may ask yourself. Well after achieving what you want from the learning process there are two major parts that will dictate the way you use your new skill and those are: maintenance and usefulness.
Keep What You Learned Fresh By Revising Every Now And Then
Image you bought a house, a car, a piece of furniture or some new tech item. The first thing you’re going to want to do other than use it is to keep it in perfect working order. It’s the same thing with the English language. Now that you can speak the language you will have to revise what you know every now and then to make sure that you don’t forget certain key aspects of its grammar, syntax or punctuation.
This is particularly important if you don’t really use English on a daily basis as you will very easily forget something you worked very hard to learn in the first place. The best way to revise is to look over all the material you have or do some advanced exercises. If you notice problems with a certain aspect focus your revisions on those chapters. It is hard to revise your entire vocabulary so instead try to watch an un-dubbed English movie without subtitles and see how many words you need to look up in a dictionary.
Whatever You Do, Keep Using What You Have Learned
Most people start learning a second language because they need it in some way. It can either be a way to improve their current work/job situation or a way to move to a different country. Regardless of the reasons behind your decision to learn the English language it is key that once you master it, you actually use what you have learned. Even if your new job doesn’t require you to speak English anymore, try to find a new way to use it. Consume English written culture, read or re-read English authors in their native tongue to get a better experience of their work or simply watch movies, videos or read the news in the English language.
It is the best, most natural way to retain what you already have learned while also improving things like your vocabulary or your accent. It is a great help if you travel so if you sorted out your job situation make use of your new skill and visit an English speaking country. Even if you choose a country that doesn’t speak English you will find your knowledge useful as it is the easiest way to make yourself understood in just about any part of the globe.
You can even help other students out with advice or by tutoring them. This way you will constantly keep your knowledge fresh while helping others and even making some money on the side.