The simple explanation: I can frequently understand enough to think I understood but still often misunderstand the meaning behind the words.
The goal for level 8: To understand almost everything, minus the occasional word in a new topic, and even understand why the Paraguay is saying what they are saying.
Simply put, I have a lot of work ahead of me--but I have to remember that I have a lot of work behind me, too. The upcoming levels are some of the hardest to work through, because of the more complicated verbs (remember learning what "I would have eaten was called?) I'm also learning Paraguayan culture, which will take quite a while.
I thank you profusely for your prayers--they are a huge part of what keep me going each day. My next language evaluation should be in January, so in February we should know how much progress I made in my first six months in Paraguay!