So, even though my high school gpa was ruined by my grades in language, I really thought that I would be fluent in six months. So not true. I've tried self-paced online tutorials, 80 hours of private lessons, group lessons 4 hours a day and now group lessons 1.5 hours a week. Eleven months later, I am so frustrated by this!
Anna summed it up when she said it was really about motivation. To learn spanish you must memorize a ton of stuff. Boring! I find boring stuff is better in small doses, so my new method is a fun group class once a week and monotonous irregular verbs and thousands of verb tenses every day for one hour. If you are great at languages, I envy you.
I still really want to make it to being an intermediate speaker...which is officially defined as a person who "can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible w/o strain for either party." Strain. That's so exactly it!
Telemarketer: Hello, would you be interested in participating in our survey?
Me: (pause, composing carefully...) I'm sorry, I am not interesting.
Friend: The party will be great, are you coming too?
Me: Yes, I am so exciting!
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