Oh my, when was it ever easy to learn a language. As an adult learner it seems so stilted and endless to start feeling comfortable with pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary. I learnt Portuguese and Afrikaans literally by osmosis, so to speak. I think the only way I am ever going to get a handle on this is to go and sit in a village in Germany or other German speaking country, where no speaks English. That was the case in Mozambique. In South Africa we lived in a rural area and we were sent to an Afrikaans primary school. The teachers spoke very basic English and it was a case of sink or swim. Within a term I was speaking, writing and reading, albeit badly. English was our home language.
What a lament!