A long way to go
In the Canary Islands and missed my bus, so set off on a three mile walk in the sun. I got to a bus stop and was offered a lift by an elderly car driver.
I was able to convey a few things about my holiday but my, dont the Spanish speak fast (I know, I listen too slowly)
However in telling him I was from England, had returned a bicycle and other snippets it was a lot more than he would have got three months ago. At that point I could have ordered a beer!
Duolingo keeps telling me I can understand 65% of written Spanish. My stats on oral are not so good.
You can become conversant in another language at almost any level with practice and a willing partner. Try a site like mylanguageexchange.com to find someone you can practice with. Learn a few basic phrases to help yourself out, and then go. Here's a couple I find useful:
- Qué es la significa de la palabra [word]?
- Como se dice [word/phrase] en español/castellano?
- Repitalo por favor.
- Lo siento, pero no entiendo.
I speak Spanish with native speakers as much as I can, and you are further down your tree than I am (although I studied Spanish before Duolingo). The other night, after an intercambio with a native speaker, I was talking to my wife and mentioned my goal to one day be fluent. She said 'you sound fluent to me'. I am not, of course, but it was a very nice compliment.
Jacob is absolutely right- conversation is a different skill set than reading and that is different that oral comprehension, and you need to practice all of them. Good luck!
por favor, dame cerveza!
How often do you listen to Spanish music, audiobooks, telenovelas, noticias or peliculas? I try to listen as much as possible. "Hace mucho tiempo, en una galaxia muy, muy lejana "
You will get there, buena suerte!
Yes, I'm never sure what that percentage actually means! I seem to understand so little, I took it to mean I was 65% of the away through the DuoLingo..... or something....