Today, was the acid test!
I’ve been listening to Spanish for sometime and I feel like it’s time to speak.
A few of my students in a company I’m working for speak Spanish or come from Spanish-speaking families. So I walked in this morning and tried to talk. After a few introductory phrases, I froze. Froze up completely.
I was a bit disappointed but then the same student came up for a lesson. After a little while, I was able to string a few phrases together. All in all, the result was not bad.
I’m still a long way from being completely satisfied, my objective is to have a C1 level but for the moment there is still a lot of work to do.
However, some of the feedback from the students was that the Spanish sounded natural with not too many mistakes which is what I was looking for.
It was pretty automatic too, which is what you need – I was able to think directly in Spanish but only for a few phrases.
Time will tell but overall I’m pleased with the result I’ve got up until now.