This is a story about my first interaction with a German speaker(s), and how it motivated me.
I was at my community pool, and there was this elderly couple sitting in the pool. I wasn't really paying attention to them, until I heard the word "treppen", German for stairs. I started listening and realized they were speaking in German!
I have been learning German on duolingo for a couple months, and hadn't yet had the chance to put my skills into practice. Long story short, the couple was getting out of the pool, and the lady kept slipping on the underwater stairs. They had this whole conversation about the pool and how tricky the underwater stairs where on old people. I was shocked that I understood the gist of what they were saying!
It was so motivating to see that all my hard work on learning a language was paying off. I could mostly understand a basic conversation in German! Sadly, the couple left the pool before I was able to talk to them. However, this has really encouraged me on my Duolingo journey. I feel re-energized to learn even more German!
So if your out there and you are losing your motivation for learning, I want to encourage you by saying that your hard work will pay off eventually. I believe that if anyone tries hard enough, they can master a language. You can learn anything you put your mind to.
Edit: Wow thanks for all the support!
Ich freue mich für dich, dass dir die deutsche ( und auch zugleich österreichische) Sprache gefällt. Ich mache es genau umgekeht wie du. Ich versuche die englische Sprache besser zu lernen, damit ich im Ausland bei meinen Fußballreisen besser mit den Fans reden und diskudieren kann. ich hoffe du kannst die Sätze übersetzen.