My Russian here is getting tons better every single day! I even text and talk to my host mom on the phone in only Russian now! I feel pretty dang legit. Today I was trying to do some shopping before school and I found a small shoe store. Given my shoe size, I try to look in every shoe store to see if they even have anything in my size…some things never change. Anyways, when I walked in, the store owner started spouting off sentences faster than I could process. I smiled, opened my mouth to speak, and to my surprise, only Russian came out! I just simply started having a conversation with her without really thinking!! I told her that I was sorry but I only can speak and understand a little bit of Russian—not a lot. Then she and I talked about the type of shoe I was looking for and the size and she said she only had one in the whole store and to my surprise (insert sarcasm) it was hideous. I told her thanks for her time and right before I left she complimented me on how well I spoke Russian! I native complemented me on my ability to speak their language understandably!! Woooooo-hoo!!