Early on an acquaintance said, “You don’t speak much (Spanish) but what you do, you speak well.” A compliment and a curse. It is nice to know that I pronounce words well, but that leads to the impression in the listener that I also understand well and I don’t.
As frustrated as I still feel, I guess I am making progress though. Not only did some people I haven’t seen in a few weeks comment that my Spanish is mucho mejor (much better) but I recently took a quiz in my book and, according to them, I am doing “superior work,” the very best.
I still wish that translated into real conversation but all good things come those who wait, right?
I will practice patience and hit the books some more.