When I got to Peru on my mission, I could understand most of what was said, thanks to the 2 months in the MTC, but I was still translating everything into English in my mind and trying to formulate answers or comments in English and then translating them into Spanish to respond. Needless to say, I was usually 2 or 3 minutes behind in the conversation by the time I had a comment ready. So I listened a lot and said very little. It took me another month or two to begin to think in Spanish without using any English, even in my mind. Then I could carry on a conversation that was not related to the memorized Missionary Lessons.
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