Mitä sitten? Mitä seuraavaksi? - Then what?
I don't know for sure, but I have this feeling that many people study like crazy to pass the exam and then forget about their Finnish studies. Usually the reason is that they don't have the time or the professional need to learn more, or that there simply aren't so many courses above the intermediate level. Also, self-studying is often more motivating if you have a clear goal to reach, but the advanced test is so difficult that you might feel that it's not very realistic to reach the level 5 any time soon.
Anyway, here are my tips for keeping up with Finnish even after you have passed the Yki.
- Find a friend who also wants to study Finnish. Set small goals and meet regularly.
- Find a Finn who wants to learn your language, and study those languages together.
- Remember that studying doesn't have to be boring and you don't need to be sitting inside in order to learn. Go for a walk or for a drink in Finnish. Or watch a movie, or go to a museum.
- Read a lot. Start with reading everything that has been written in selkokieli.
- If your friend doesn't live in your city, study together via Skype.
- Ask for help with your Finnish. People like to help, if they know how to help.
- Watch Finnish tv with subtitles. (Best on Yle Areena right now: Downshiftaajat and Sorjonen!)
- In short, add more Finnish to your life and make it fun.
- Use Ykitreenit to see if you'd be ready to take the advanced level test, and go for it.
Feel free to comment and I'll add your ideas to this list.