I have been feeling quite demotivated and beginning to feel that I was really getting nowhere. This week I had Kaffee und Kuchen with an Austrian friend. I decided to be brave and speak German. I was hesitant at first, but was pleasantly surprised that I could understand her and I could converse. Not on a sophisticated level, but I honestly thought I would get really stuck and not be able to say more than “How are you?” Did me the world of good to realize that there has been improvement.
And what's more it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be, so am going to sign up for conversational practise.