When I think back to six months ago (I was only a few weeks into Mexico), I realize just how much Spanish I have learned. However, I also realize that my caveman command of Spanish has plateaued to a point that I can get by quite adequately without much effort. I hold complete conversations with the confidence of fluency while spewing made-up words and incorrect verb conjugations. The biggest difference between then and now is that words have surpassed gestures in actually communicating my ideas. Yes, I need to push myself to learn more; I don’t understand about half of what people say to me. But with views such as this, who would want to sit around and study?!