Welcome to the EE site Cínthia.
I can relate to your story, once I took an English course I was a bit shy, but I didn´t shy away at the end. Hopefully you will conquer your shyness with time and help of your friends and family there, don´t worry.
Some minor corrections and general remarks of mine:
...and I have been living
in The Netherlands since 11th D
I had the opportunity of traveling
with my husband (he is a B
razilian doctoral student) and I had never thought I would do it (travel to Netherlands, perhaps?).
I think that I am integrating to the country and people yet, and I feel like every day I have been improving a little more. In my city of Brazil I took
nglish course (actually I had just finished the advanced level when I came to the Netherlands and to finish
the course I was lacking to have the master level),
I thought that it would be enough to understand and make me feel understood by people... ok, I think I am getting it, but I discovered that I need to
improve my En
glish a lot yet, mainly the vocabulary.
I recognize that it is my fault. I am a little shy, but I discovered that I am shyer in english than in portuguese rsrsrsrsrs.
(no surprise here, everyone or almost everyone is...so don´t sweat the small stuff!)
Grammar points: English and Portuguese, LOL.Sometimes I know what I should say or how I could start a conversation but I simply didn't do.
That happens, even in Portuguese, sometimes we are afraid of making mistakes or that, somehow, we become the center of the attention. Mainly coming from another country, and having some accent. The beauty of that situation is, people want to know what you want to say, which experiences you had, the novelty of newbie coming to visit the family. And yes, the accent may be of help, not hinder the communication. Unless it´s too thick/strong, but then you are in family, they will help you out.
At this moment I want just saying that the Dutch
people have many qualities. Overall, they are polite, friendly, funny, honest and of course patient...
(patients if they were all in a hospital, even if it was the case, at least some would be doctors, nurses, etc.)
I would like to live here and to learn the D
utch language, besides the English. I hope I will have good days here in 2015... that I can learn more and more and that I can be losing my fear/shame of speaking E
You certainly will do both, just push yourself out of your comfort zone. See you around.
And when you are speaking like a chatterbox don´t put the blame on us! ha ha ha!
By the way, your speaking skills might certainly be better than mine, don´t overestimate me just because I can write some words.