When I first began my quest to learn Spanish, I came to understand the importance of the four facets of learning a language: speaking, hearing, reading, and writing, as well as the importance of all four.
At first, all four were equally difficult, since I knew few words and less grammar.
As time progressed, a "continuum of difficulty" seemed to emerge for me, with reading being the least difficult, followed by by writing, and hearing and speaking being of about equal (greatest) difficulty:
Reading > Writing > Hearing/Speaking
I was thinking this morning about how my continuum has changed as I have learned more. Now it is probably more like
Reading > Speaking > Hearing
I take this change as a sign of progress: my ability to form and express thoughts has improved, so my writing skill has caught up with my reading skill, and it seems a little easier for me to speak than it does to hear (and understand) spoken Spanish, probably because I can control the speed when I am speaking, and while trying to listen, part of my mind is thinking about how to form a response.
I wonder if others have noticed that the aspects of learning Spanish have changed for them over time?