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Signs you have progress in your language learning Of course there are official tests and metrics you can use to assess your progress, but I have noticed a few subjective ones recently. The other night I had a dream with some Spanish in it. I don't remember the content, but it was the first time I had Spanish in my dream. Also I think humor is a good sign too. I remember my linguistics professor said jokes and cultural humor are among the most advanced things in a language. I don't think I'am there in Spanish yet, but when I hear something meant to be funny in Chinese I usually laugh appropriately. Also I think watching movies is one of the hardest things to do. I can hardly understand anything in comparison to short youtube videos or news reports. You have to be able to gather context. 
Sep 22, 2016 9:47 PM
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Oh yeah that too, sometimes I can have conversations like that. Though I still feel a relief of mental weight when I switch back to English most of the time after I have been in a Spanish conversation.
September 23, 2016

One sign is when you re-read or re-watch material that you studied a few weeks or months ago and it seems really easy or basic, when at the time it seemed difficult or almost impossible. 

Having a sustained conversation without your head hurting is another good sign!

September 23, 2016

I am six weeks in and the progress seems painfully slow. I often gravitate to vocabulary since that is the one area I can objectively measure progress. I can clearly see the effort of my work (vs grammar, listening and speaking).

A couple "mini signs" I am slightly improving:

I catch more lyrics in the Spanish music I listen to (even when not paying attention). 

A native speaker no longer sounds like one long continuous garbled sound (with an occasional gap in an English sounding word like "problemas"). Although I do not comprehend most of the words, I can now hear the many more pauses.

I can catch the prefixes of more verbs in spoken language. This helps me get the "gist" of what is being said. For example, I can catch "cre----" and know its something to do with creer and believing. I still can't catch the tense and don't know if it is past, present or future.

I'd say my listening comprehension has increased from 10%-14% in the last three weeks, but it doesn't feel like a 40% increase!


September 22, 2016
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Afrikaans, Chinese (Cantonese), English, German, Russian, Spanish, Xhosa, Zulu
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Afrikaans, Chinese (Cantonese), German, Russian, Spanish, Xhosa, Zulu