Yesterday I caught up with a friend who has 2 daughters 4 and 6.. I hadn't seen them for some time and assumed that the children would be easy to talk to but the 4 year old babbled in Russian and I think only her mother understood her (I hope)... But the 6 yr old was good fun to talk to.
Children use more words that I understand and only use one or two concept sentences which make them easier to understand for learners.
When I am tired it is more difficult to put Russian conversation together using the correct grammar so my language becomes 'pidgin Russian'. Some people try to understand and connect the language dots but others look at me as if I'm an idiot...its a really interesting feeling when you don't have the words to communicate as you do in English. ..you need to improvise and rearrange what you want to say all the time.
I had a few language successes today. I went shopping and managed to negotiate fitting rooms, sales assistants, purchases and to get my coffee exactly as I like it... Yeh!!!
We would love to hear your stories of travelling and speaking the language you have been learning... Was it difficult? Did you have high expectations of being able to communicate with the locals?