Learning is more effective when you have a larger community that values learning. University professors have the luxury of working alongside colleagues and students who share their enthusiasm for their subjects and encourage them in their work. You can enjoy similar benefits by building your own network to support your language studies. A friend might help you get in touch with a native speaker you can practice with or meet you for lunch at an ethnic restaurant. A local librarian or bookseller might let you know about a new book related to your language that was just published. Other friends might enjoy going to foreign films. By involving friends and associates in your learning, you will probably find resources you wouldn't have found before, and you're much more likely to succeed in your learning.