Kijk! Iemand spreekt Nederlands!
Part of the reason why I haven't been around much recently is that I'm really trying to tuck in and finally get a hang of this language. I'm getting better and can occasionally get the gist of conversations I hear around me or hear on tv, but I've got a long way to go still.
On the other hand, I can still understand whole Italian conversations, even if I find myself incapable of now responding to even the most simple things. Inevitably I end up thinking of responses in Dutch. We ran into a couple of tourists last week. The husband is from Italy and the wife is originally from Russia, but they both live in Italy. I had no trouble following their Italian -- my boyfriend is Italian and I had studied it some long before I met him -- but I couldn't think of anything in Italian when I tried to say anything. Sad, because I used to be more fluent. I think I'm too focused on trying to learn Dutch now. Of course, when I try to say anything in Dutch, I can only remember how to say it in Italian and sometimes French, which I studied in high school and college. So basically, I'm a mess.
Nu, tijd voor een Nederlands les.