“Ask any solider the difference between basic training and combat. The same difference exists between language study and language use. ” – Barry Farber, “How to Learn Any Language”
Try recalling the words you’ve learned most recently the next time you meet by surprise a speaker of the language. Your mind is likely to be a frustrating blank. Once you’ve used your knowledge in real life, your chances of recall are much greater, Barry Farber assures us.