Thank you for your rich explanation Thomas!
That's why I say: we can be real fluent
in a foreign language only living in that country and getting immersed in that culture.
It's kinda magic when after just a couple of days your tongue just "rolls off" and you start babbling without even thinking about grammar, etc..
But the best you can take from the experience abroad is to distinguish the plethora of words with similar meanings but different uses..
It's like the look, seek, search words.Movies
too can help in your jorney, because no matter how much you've studied that word, you run the risk of running into it again and having to look up at the dictionary...
BUT, if you've heard even once in a movie line, it kinda miraculously gets stuck in your head.