Even if you don’t live in a country where your target language is spoken natively, you can still emulate some of the benefits you can get from such a situation.
Thanks to technology, the world is more connected than ever before. For today’s tip, you don’t need much more than you already obviously have (seeing as you’re reading this right now): a computer and a web connection.
Go to YouTube.com (or any other online streaming service) and search for a topic you are very interested in or already know a lot about. Watch videos pertaining to that topic and see how much of your existing knowledge helps you understand the context of what is happening. Don’t worry about picking up individual words. Don’t worry about how much you understand. Just engage all available senses and allow the input to soak in and synergize.
Couple this with your existing language study plan, and I think you’ll find yourself learning much more quickly and deeply than you would through books or classes alone. Try it out! Leave a comment below and let everyone know how you’re fairing.