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  • - Hello, I'm Julian Northbrook from doingenglish.com,

  • coming to you from sunny, Ireland.

  • It's been about six weeks since I came to Ireland

  • and that I have been separated from my beloved family,

  • with whom, I speak Japanese, on a day-to-day basis.

  • And of course all of the media, the films, the TV,

  • the radio that I used to listen to

  • in Japanese every single day.

  • And yes, being by myself,

  • in a completely English-speaking environment,

  • I do feel like my Japanese proficiency has dulled somewhat.

  • I am not worried about this at all.

  • Because I know exactly what to do,

  • to bring it right back up in record time.

  • And I do get that this is a real concern for a lot of people

  • and that's what I'm going to talk about here in this video.

  • Perhaps you lived in an English-speaking country

  • and you've just gone back to your home country,

  • either temporarily or permanently.

  • Perhaps you were working in an international company

  • and used English on a day-to-day basis there

  • and you've now left that job

  • and gone to something different, in your native language.

  • Whatever the reason you may find yourself

  • in a situation, where suddenly,

  • you're not exposed to English on a day-to-day basis.

  • You're not using English as much as you used to

  • and you feel like you're going to forget everything.

  • Like I said, this is a real concern.

  • It's a real worry for many, many people.

  • First and foremost, don't worry too much.

  • You never actually forget something that you've learned.

  • This dulling of your proficiency,

  • is a result of the way that the brain works,

  • the way that it manages multiple languages.

  • Basically, if you got English in your head,

  • and you're not using English right now;

  • what your brain's gonna do is, it's almost gonna just,

  • it's gonna push it to one side, put it to sleep,

  • sedate it somewhat so that it's, again, out of the way.

  • So that it's not draining precious cognitive resources,

  • which can be allocated much better,

  • to something that is immediately in front of us,

  • that we've got to get done now.

  • What this means then is that, your English,

  • it doesn't disappear.

  • It's just a little bit tired and a little bit sleepy.

  • So what you've got to do is, you've got to wake it up

  • and that is pretty simple to do.

  • It's just a case of getting back into the habit

  • of using English on a daily basis.

  • Once you get back into the routine,

  • it'll come right back up.

  • Easy ways to do this is things like, you know,

  • switching up the media that you consume,

  • so that you're watching TV, films,

  • things like that in English.

  • Reading books in English, instead of your native language.

  • Listening to the radio in English,

  • instead of in your native language.

  • All this exposure will just help to keep the English up

  • and sharp and active in your brain.

  • Just understand that it's good for keeping your level,

  • not really for improving your level.

  • However, a big mistake that many people make,

  • is thinking that they can just listen to stuff all day

  • and suddenly become fluent from that

  • or go to an English-speaking country and just being there,

  • is gonna make them highly proficient in the language.

  • Whereas what they actually find is,

  • that if they're not doing anything else, again,

  • the level is just kept and that's about it.

  • If you want to go beyond the level that you're currently at,

  • yeah, you're gonna have to put some hard, intensive,

  • focused study time in, to learn the language that you need.

  • To practice it,

  • and to actually force your English to get better and better.

  • That however is a topic for another day.

  • That's about all we've got time for for today's video.

  • So, this is me, Julian Northbrook,

  • signing out from another one.

  • If you found this useful, give it a nice big old thumbs up.

  • If you thought it was crap, whatever,

  • give it a thumbs up anyway.

  • If you haven't read my book, Master English Fast!,

  • an uncommon guide to speaking extraordinary English,

  • check it out at MasterEnglishFast.com.

  • It'll show you step by simple step

  • exactly what you've got to do,

  • to bring your English level up to the level of Mastery.

  • It's a good 'un.

  • Like I said, check it out.

  • Bye-bye.

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Will You Forget Your English If You Stop Using It?

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