I took four years of Spanish in high school (well, three in HS, one in junior high). I did really well in it: Straight A’s, 4 on the A.P. test junior year, even got some special award from my high school as one of the best two students in class one year.
I am now a junior in college, and except for occasionally flipping on SAP when I watch the Simpsons, or bumping into a Spanish-language radio or TV station while searching for another station, I haven’t used it in four years.
I recently took an on-line test to see how much I had remembered, and I bombed out at the second level (out of five). Ouch!
So, how long would it take me to regain my formery semi-mastery of the Spanish language? Considering that I’ve learned most of it before, it shouldn’t take too long. What would be a reasonable time period? Could I get it all back in a few weeks with a review book and some practice? What if I were to spend some time in a Spanish speaking locale? (The great city of Santa Ana is a mere 15 minutes away.) Will watching four hours of Sabado Gigante help at all, or does it need to be a bit more active? Help from linguists, ESL and language teachers, or just those with personal experience is much appreciated.
I hate to think that the net result of four years of study will be “Lo siento, pero he olvidado todo de mi espanol menos este” (Which probably isn’t even right).