Confuzius wrote:Dude, don't feel bad.
I have seen a lot of people say it here and I agree-with learning Chinese there are a lot of plateaus, valleys and mountains (more so than with other languages). What I mean by that is that there is not really a linear progression. Its more like one week you feel like a dumbfuck and then next week when you go out of town and HAVE to use your Mando people are so impressed and you can get by! Then when you come back home you feel more confident, try to speak to people...but then feel like a dumbfuck again.
And in terms of understanding people...(this just happened to me the other day) sometimes in the moment you are trying SO hard to understand you get all flustered and screw it up. My security guard was asking me about the elevator and if I wanted to pitch in to pay for an added sensor. I couldn't understand wtf he was talking about, not a darn work, (until he took me to the elevator and showed me).
Afterwards I reflected on the conversation and remembered him saying all the words I know (pay, elevator, etc) though it was mixed with a lot of words I don't. BUT, I thought he was talking about exercise equipment (lol).
spyfire27 wrote:In real life situations, I still have a lot of problems understanding and asking for things, and I barely understand anything if a store clerk asks me something. For example, I went to a vegetarian buffet yesterday and the lady asked me if I wanted rice, and I could not understand when she did it in Chinese. I was completely lost. Same thing at the immigration office.
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