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    Practising without sources

    In my country we have compulsory military obligation and probably I will attend it in December. And, it might take 1.5 year. During that period books, tapes, internet all are not allowed to bring in.Plus, I don't think so I can find someone to practice it by speaking. In that future period my purpose is of course not to improve my english, I just don't want to forget the knowledge which I've learned. Is there any way to do that? Do you know any kind of exercise which can be done withouth sources?

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    Re: Practising without sources

    What about letters? Is there a military law against receiving letters from friends and/or family? What about poetry? Reciting poetry (to yourself) is one way of keeping connected to language. Start memorizing.

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    Re: Practising without sources

    I really love these forums I can't believe that how your brain works that practically. Is it the result of being teacher. Letters are great idea, though I am not talented poetry as well.Thank you Soup



    PS Actually I saw the answer when you firt wrote, but my connection was suddenly gone so I could't reply until now.I'm sorry.

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    Re: Practising without sources

    Another way is simply to talk to yourself (in your mind if there is someone that could hear you and you want to avoid it). Sounds a little bit silly, but it does work. Some time ago I practiced it and found quite useful, though now I don't do that too often; one needs to be really motivated for this exercise. You can simply describe in your mind what you're seeing, but the topic is totally free; the only obstacle is your own mind, which will quite quickly become bored of this kind of exercise; it was with me, in fact, but I wasn't in the army (lucky me!). This is at least a good way of not forgetting the words.

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    Re: Practising without sources

    Thank you nyggus for your recommendation, I will try that one as well. Luckly I am self-motivated on this subject.

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