Mastering a Foreign Language: How To Become A Brilliant Speaker, Part 3 of 7

How far have you come in your study of a foreign language? Where did you start? What abilities did you have the first day? What abilities in the foreign language did you have in the first week? What abilities do you have in the foreign language do you have now?

Many learners of foreign languages neglect to note their progress in the foreign language. They trip themselves up in their futile quest for perfection by comparing their current level of fluency to a level of perfection unattainable even among native speakers of that language, rather than comparing themselves to where they started and how much progress they