That Ah Ha! moment.
The greatest moment of my journey into learning Chinese came, not when I was on the Duolingo site, but when I was watching Daredevil on Netflix with my husband. Season 1 Episode 5 , 'World on Fire'.
The bad guy was meeting with a group of people and there was this older Chinese lady there. She laughed and said something to the main bad guy and I. UNDERSTOOD. WHAT. SHE. SAID!!! even before the cute side kick said, "She's happy to see you."
It was a priceless moment for me! Spontaneous translation! It's moments like these that make all my hard work here, at Duolingo, worthwhile. And let's me know that I CAN do this.
Feel free to share your own Ah Ha! moments here. I know WE ALL CAN DO IT!! ^_^
My ahha, this week when an older Chinese woman was telling me off for having told her not to cut in front of the line. I ONLY spoke English to her and she ONLY spoke Chinese to me until she realized I understood her and then she began speaking in English...it was priceless.
I use WeChat translation to talk to many of my Chinese friends. The first time I could read a sentence without translating it was amazing for me.
Reminds me of when I was watching anime and I could actually pick up on some of the things they were talking about without actually reading the subtitles. It wasn't too much yet, but it still made me happy regardless
I studied Chinese for only three days, and I watched a humorous concert on Russian television, where a Russian boy said in Chinese, "I am very busy," and I suddenly understood this. And we watched with the family and I translated it before the translation sounded on the TV. They looked at me like a fool, but when the translation was confirmed, they felt like fools. ))))))) I walked proud all evening, and then I was deeply interested in learning the language. Such moments are very motivating. Recently I talked to a Chinese in a store, asked what his name was, what city he was from, and what kind of product he recommended that I buy. I understood half of the answers, but still I was very pleased. The Chinese also liked our communication.