Being an intermediate learner can feel like it stretches on forever, with annoying plateaus and unique frustrations. If you’re a beginner, you’ll likely become one. A large portion of us are currently intermediate in one language or another. “Intermediates” are by far one of the most widely-defined and arguably largest group of longer-term language learners. They're also one of the most inconsistently addressed group of learners, too. Intermediate-level status sees the largest number of drop-offs in terms of people giving up on a language, and it doesn’t have to be that way. In this talk, we’ll take a deeper look at intermediates, what makes them a special group of learners, what we can learn from them, and how we can use that to motivate us to “move beyond the middle” and out of the sometimes endless-seeming desert of intermediate-hood, towards steady progress and learning satisfaction.