The topic about mental dialogues got me thinking about a long-standing question I’ve had: How does one maintain a high level of proficiency in another language (besides Chinese or Taiwanese) while living in Taiwan? I had a Spanish/English language exchange years ago, which was nice. Now I’m considering taking a conversation class here (once a week, if possible) to keep those mental juices flowing.
It’s been quite a long time since I’ve studied most of my other foreign languages (the one exception is I recently took beginning Japanese in Taiwan), and I know how easy it is for them to slowly slip away over the years. I figure a good hour of use once every week or two will be substantially better than nothing.
I’d love to hear what strategies others here have come up with.