How long should it take to learn to speak French fluently?
I have been studying French on my own for almost two years now, but I don't have anyone with whom I can speak it. The few times I have tried to speak, I get stage fright and my mind goes blank even though I can have complete dialogues with myself in French. I watch French television, with French sub-titles, but often find the dialogue too fast. I am becoming discouraged with my lack of fluency and speed. Just how long should it take to learn to speak a second language fluently? Am I deluding myself that I can learn on my own?