Hi everybody, this is Stefano, welcome back to my channel! In today’s video I’d like to answer one of the questions that I get asked the most by, you know, language learners or enthusiasts and that is to say: “How do you maintain all your languages?” I think this is an interesting topic and today I’m going to answer that question probably in different languages, so please make sure your subtitles are switched on… That’s it, let’s get this started, and I hope you enjoy… So, first of all, well my mother tongue is Italian so I don’t think we really have to talk about Italian too much I obviously use it everyday with my family and with my friends back in Italy It’s still good to be using your mother tongue though (when living abroad) because I really think there’s something you can lose over time even in your native language and I think it’s a good idea to pay attention to it and make sure you’re not losing touch all too much with your native language as well… As far as English is concerned, well there’s not much that I do actively to maintain my English I don’t use it so much everyday, I have to admit that’s probably why I don’t feel all that confident when speaking English… I think my strongest language would be German, actually but, well, the vast majority of the contents that I consume online is in English you know, there’s a lot of stuff on YouTube, elsewhere on the Internet so it’s very easy to get exposed to English this is something that is pretty obvious, so not much else that I do for my English actually What I do for my German is sometimes watching the news on ARD, for instance or reading magazine articles etc. and obviously I also have several friends here in Brussels and elsewhere in Europe with whom I can speak or text every now and then, and this is more than enough… And then, for my Portuguese, what do I do for it? Actually it’s only about seizing every opportunity to practise it even though I don’t have many Portuguese friends who I can speak with there are Portuguese people living and working here in my district so there are chances to talk to these people sometimes, in shops etc. and what else do I do? I listen to the podcasts from publico.pt, which I find very good as well as the news on the RTP site, where you can also find other kinds of programs made available for anybody interested I think they’re really good for learners of this language and well, I think that’s it, nothing else Then it’s Finnish time! So, what do I do for my Finnish? Well obviously I do speak some Finnish almost everyday, in my family that is… and I have also Finnish friends who I can chat or text with, mainly on WhatsApp and… I sometimes read Helsingin Sanomat (main Finnish newspaper), if there are interesting articles there but… well, I know I should be reading some literature at this time but recently I haven’t had that much time on my hands to do that but yeah, I am going to read more literature in the future but up to this point I actually haven’t had many problems maintaining my Finnish… … so let’s keep looking ahead 😀 Now my French… There’s not much I must do for my French because I live in Brussels and that’s really good Clearly, I use this language everyday what I also do is listening to the radio for like 20-30 minutes while driving alone in my car because for family reasons I often have to use my car in the mornings and because traffic is heavy, I have enough time to listen to the radio, and I think it’s great for my vocabulary and it’s also fun, so that’s just perfect! Then, Japanese… that’s a really hard language to maintain… I really believe that you need a lot of practice If you ask me what I’m doing in order not to forget what I’ve learnt so far rather than to learn new vocabulary or grammar points, well, that would be reading the NHK simplified news online and taking conversation lessons with tutors on Italki.com That’s pretty much it… I don’t think it’s really enough but… that’s life! Well, there’s not much I do for my Spanish, unfortunately I don’t have many chances to practice it but at the latest Polyglot Gathering in Bratislava I had quite a nice opportunity to practice it because I spent quite some time in groups of people where Spanish was our common language so I was able to speak more Spanish (in those few days) than I probably will in the rest of the year that was really good for my Spanish… I don’t do anything because…. I don’t know why but I’m not forgetting it, I’m keeping the same level over time even though I never use it actually I’d like to practice it more in order to get better, but I know that’s not possibile at this time it’s something that I still hope to be able to do in the future, that’s all Now Romanian, yeah… For Romanian I only attend a course, like I said in the video that I uploaded two weeks ago or was it last week… I don’t know 😀 so my Romanian course… it is now over, that’s why now I have to organize myself to practice some Romanian also in the summer so as not to forget everything I’ve learnt so far… I think I’ll just take some (conversation) lessons on Italki.com in order to speak with native speakers… And as far as Icelandic and Mandarin are concerned, well, there’s not much to maintain unfortunately, so…! 😀 I don’t have to maintain those languages because I’m still learning them I’m still a beginner in both of them, so that’s more the time that I have to spend actually learning new stuff and really getting used to the structure of the language, so that’s another story that’s not maintaining, that’s learning new languages, so that’s basically it Alright guys that’s all I got, this was my answer to the question: “What do you do to maintain all of your languages?” So now what about you? I’m very curious, what do you do to maintain your languages? please let me know in the comment section below I think that’s an interesting topic, slightly different from the usual new language learning thing that we always talk about but as important as learning a new language, I think, is to maintain those that you have already learnt so yeah, just let me know what you think, what you do to maintain your languages and thank you very much for watching, and I will see you in the next video, bye bye!