An acquaintance of mine has been learning Standard Chinese in his spare time for a number of years. He passed the HSK3 test with a very high score and started preparing for HSK4. However, he recently noticed that he lost his motivation to continue. What's worse, he even noticed a certain aversion from learning Chinese now. So he decided to take a break for a few months to see what will happen. Are there any better ideas than this?

(Note: He doesn't need to learn Chinese for professional reasons and currently can't think of any specific learning goals that he still considers worth pursuing.)

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    Is this person's situation any different from a typical "loss of motivation" pattern? If not, have they considered standard methods of creating (semi-)artificial self-motivative reasons to continue the study?
    – bytebuster
    May 23, 2018 at 15:11
  • @bytebuster In this particular case there is neither "necessity" (no specific learning goals) nor fun (there's even aversion now). So I don't think the answer you pointed to would work.
    – Tsundoku
    May 23, 2018 at 16:34
  • add fun: listen to songs, watching movies, chatting with friends. Especially the ability to communicate with others in their native language can be very satisfying. You don't necessarily learn, but you maintain a certain level.
    – Boondoggle
    May 27, 2018 at 1:32
  • I can't think of anything better to motivate your friend than a trip to China or Taiwan. Going to a country where the L2 is natively spoken is the best motivator, in my opinion.
    – AML
    Jun 5, 2018 at 17:17


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