Does this look like a foreign language class you have taken? If not, good; that is how it should be. If yes, I am sorry, but it’s not too late for you.
Having studied how to teach a foreign language while at the same time learning a foreign language has helped me learn how humans actually learn language. And it turns out, the overall concept is not too complicated.
Through this experience and through traveling, I have also had the opportunity to chat with many language learners about learning language.
What I hear time and again (from native Spanish and English speakers and especially from U.S. citizens) are things like:
“Stop!” I say.
“You listened to it, non-stop for about a year.
Then, you mumbled a few words. After a couple years of mainly listening, you formed some sentences.
Then, after about six years of full exposure, you learned to read. Last came writing.”
So if you think you were a bad student or “are just bad at learning languages,” that is a load of baloney. The myth that toddlers learn language faster is also baloney (although they beat us on the accent thing…)
So, if you want to learn another language–DO IT!!!
I imagine it is like having a child…definitely can be a pain in the a**, but is rewarding in the end. I mean, hey, it brought me here.