Do I need to know how to conjugate ALL my Spanish verb infinitives? Or do I need to know just enough to get over the net?
Getting over the net is an interesting phrase to keep in mind when you're learning a new discipline. Ask yourself this... Do you have to know everything? Is perfection always expected from someone learning something new? I don't think so. There is a level you need to aim for. You need to know enough to get you over the net. Let me explain...
If a colleague from production approaches me and asks if we can do something with this thing he saw on his mates phone then he's hit the net. The conversation is over. However, if he adds that it had something to do with 'GPS' and 'checking in' then he's got 'over the net'. He's done enough. He's given me enough to elicit a response. I can advise him that he's probably talking about Foursquare or Gowalla and talk to him in more detail about how it works, the benefits and pitfalls, where I think it may be useful.
He didn't know everything there was to know about geo-locative applications, but he knew enough to engage me in a conversation, allowing me to fill in the gaps using my expertese on the subject. He did what it takes to get on the court. He came in with just enough knowledge to get over the net, then left clearing it by a good few inches.
I'm 15 hours into my 100 Hours Project (to learn to speak Spanish in 100 hours). It's going... just OK. Problem is I haven't spoken a word of it to anyone, so I can't get feedback, which is essential. I need to find someone who speaks the language and lives near me so that I can start putting it to use. I need to see if I'm anywhere near getting over the net yet.