Those times I find it amazing that I can actually compare my English learning steps with Hausa. I remember the times when I could spot a few words of English and get the main topic of the conversation, which is actually great. I guess I am now at that level in Hausa after 2 years of learning and no-one to practice with, including a higher level of complexity and a total difference of lexicon & structures. Also, doing a presentation in the language thinking if my sentences or ways of pronouncation are correct or not at the same time.
I am rejoicing these delightful moments of the language learning.
Now, with English I am free to the point that I can play with the structures and make them my own as I do in French - I guess that's how much fluent someone can feel.
Hopefully I will reach that same level in Hausa very soon and focus a bit more on another language that I have already started learning to go beyond lexicon and learnt phrases.
May I add another fantastic aspect: it is through my knowledge of English that I gained access to the Hausa language learning.