I was wondering about ways German learners might positively describe their current German level. I quite often find myself wanting to describe my ability in a way that suggests that I can understand a decent amount, but which also mentions that I’m still in the process of learning.
When I am struggling to understand what a native speaker is saying, I might blurt out something like: Mein deutsch ist nicht so gut, or slightly better, Ich spreche nur ein bisschen Deutsch.
Both of these are a bit negative and self-defeating. I don’t always resort to making such admissions, but occasionally I find myself needing to say something along these lines.
So my question is: are there some more positive ways that suggest to people that you can and want to talk in German (and not revert to English!), and at the same time gently inform that you are still working toward fluency?