…but you have no idea (don’t know jack diddly squat).
This is how I felt the moment I stepped foot in Panama. So much Español everywhere around me, it was a bit overwhelming. I signed up for immersion and that is exactly what I got. However, as soon as the next day, I started to settle in and feel more comfortable. The great thing is, I know more than I gave myself credit for the first day. The first day was filled with lots of listening and nodding, and an occasionally ´Si, si´or sound effect. I almost started to convince myself that talking is overrated, and you can have just as meaningful conversations if you only listen and don´t contribute, lol.
That didn´t last for long. The main thing that I am keeping in mind is to be patient with myself. And realize that sometimes I will sound like a 5 year old, and that´s okay.
Each day is getting better than the previous, and I know that when I am listening, I understand and when I am speaking, I am being understood. I´m even starting to think in Spanglish!