I have had some time to reflect recently on my path of Portuguese language acquisition. I am so excited and encouraged by the progress that I have made up till now, even if I am very frustrated at the lack of meeting my personal expectations.
Recently my Portuguese language learning has taken another step forward. This step is that I am understanding more about what is being said however I am struggling on keeping up in real time. I have noticed recently that if I am listening to or participating in a conversation I am only a sentence or two behind. This is a big change from a month or two ago when I was really focused on just understanding the major theme of the conversation. I am very thankful for the change but I am reminded of my slow progress every time I have to think about the sentence.
This past weekend I went to a conference for the new seminary in the area. It was a great opportunity to practice my Portuguese. I was able to follow all 3 of the messages which were preached on the scriptures. The highlight of the conference for me was when one man who I did not know came up to me the second day and said that he did not realize that I spoke English when we had a short conversation the previous night. This was a very encouraging part of the conference for me.