I’m far from fluent, but there have been a couple of moments in my life that I felt really awesome about.
Just before getting married, I was in Japan, talking with a girl who worked at a bar and a school teacher about my life plans and all, there were two words that the girl working at the bar didn’t understand, and I thought maybe since I was drunk I was mispronouncing them or something. 海抜 and すててこ. The teacher leaned over and told me my pronunciation and usage was fine, the bar girl was just dumb.
Forgetting which language a conversation was in. I’ve got a few friends who are on similar levels and we’ll switch languages depending on the subject, but after talking sometimes I can’t remember which language we had discussed a subject in.
Being able to use it for work, effectively translating pretty advanced topics. But, at some point when we got into medical terminology and diving safety, I was well out of my league and tapped out. Still have no idea how to say tension pneumothorax in Japanese.
Been studying off and on for about 7 years. Love it anytime I can finish a book or movie and have a good understanding of what’s going on, but other times I’m just completely lost, and they may as well of been speaking Korean.