For the past two months, I've been living in Buenos Aires... in Spanish. I learned Spanish in high school, but have never practiced it in "real-life" and have barely used it after high school.
The nice thing is that I can understand most of it, but speaking is really difficult for me. In certain situations, I would get nervous and my mind would just blank on words I already know well.
I've been a bit frustrated at myself - just assuming that full emersion is not enough. I should be taking a course / Duolingo on top of just living in Buenos Aires and getting by every day. But something happened after two months - I suddenly speak much better Spanish and even sometimes think in Spanish words. Spanish is suddenly fun vs an obstacle I have to constantly jump through.
The progress seems very sudden. After two months of frustration, my Spanish suddenly works!
But this just reminded me once again that progress is not an upward straight line - it looks more like the ups and downs of a rollercoaster. So as you progress through your New Year's Resolution or whatever you're working on or learning, don't give up at the stagnant or down parts. Keep going 🚀
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