I'm pretty sure the literal answer to my question is "re-immersion," or some other form of constant study and use of the dormant language. (Indeed, when I have done that with other languages—even for a short time—it's worked like a charm.) However, if one is not prepared to do that now, what are the fastest and best methods for re-acquiring a language one has not spoken in years, particularly re-acquiring facility with the active/production elements: speaking and writing?

(With my language—Russian—I find that I can understand about 75% as well as before, but speak only about 15% as well as before. In my case, it has been about 6 years, with another language in between.)

  • I doubt there is a catch-all fastest way to reacquire a language. Simply force yourself to speak and write is what I'd say, but I can't imagine that's extremely helpful... :) – Hatchet Nov 2 '16 at 4:36
  • I agree with @Hatchet. I don't think a "fastest" method can even exist. The fastest way is, no doubt, a combination of many methods. And which way is fastest is undoubtedly different for each learner, and in each situation. Perhaps you can find a way to focus this question on something more tangible? If Russian is your target, and you can't move to Russia, state that. What is your situation, and what resources do you have at your disposal? – Flimzy Nov 2 '16 at 11:11
  • Do any skills have a higher priority for you (reading, writing, listening, speaking)? Is fluency more important than accuracy, or the other way round? – Tsundoku Nov 22 '16 at 16:55

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