These days I'm having so much fun living the dream! While doing phone interpretations today in Spanish/English and allowing my latest intern Alaina to shadow me (a whole new way to look at tutoring), she asked: "When we're listening to the clients, I still don't always know what they're saying? When did you finally start just getting it when you were interpreting?"
I shared with her, smiling, that my first in person interpretation was ROUGH. But to answer her question more directly, from my 20 years experience vantage point, I couldn't remember exactly HOW I finally got over the hump.
As I thought back, I could remember that it has a lot to do with smiling, laughing, being personable, and LOVING THE PEOPLE AND CULTURE you are interpreting. I also recommend finding a close friend (and perhaps even better boyfriend/girlfriend) to get to know up close in your target language.
The most important question is when will YOU start understanding Spanish as it flows into your ear, mind, heart? I have a system to help you get there. I live locally and work globally. It is my honor to join you on your language learning journey!