There’s so much talk about how to learn grammar, how to learn collocations and new vocabulary, that we can forget that the true value of learning a new language is that it helps us build relationships with other people.
In the big picture of things, if you’re building relationships and having a real dialogue with people, then don’t be so hard on yourself if you forget the past form of ‘to shrink’ or if you say ‘I get in very well with her’ instead of ‘I get ON well with her.’
And even if you feel your level is low, you can still build relationships using the words you already know, as well as gestures, your smile, your charm.
Sure, we all want to improve our foreign language skills. But the words and grammar you use are merely tools for you to achieve something even bigger.