I learned English at a Junior, senior high school, and at a university about 2-3 hours almost every day, for about 10 years.
Plus I was listening to the NHK's radio English programs, "Kiso Eigo 1-3"(Basic English course), "Eikaiwa"(Conversation course) for about 5 years. I also did Benesse's "Shinken Zemi Chugaku kouza"(Textbooks for junior highschool student) for three years, lots of textbooks, phrase books and with English dictionaries(E-J, J-E, E-E), and used textbooks, reference books for "STEP"(Eiken), TOEIC, TOEFL tests, Penguin Readers, Puffin-Penguin Classics, Oxford bookworms,
I sometimes read The Japan Times online, the CNN.com, AP's website, etc, and watch several DVD movies. They are difficult, I don't understand them without dictionaries.
But it seems they were not enough. I am still bad at listening and speaking. I feel the number of textbooks, or such materials are enough, but my experience of English or hours of training are not enough .... that may be because I live in Japan and there's almost anyone who speaks English here, at least around my house.
If you get somebody that can speak English very well, either a native speaker or somebody very fluent, and hold conversation with them you should eventually pick it up.
You could also try English websites online with voice chat if you have a microphone. I'm born and raised in Louisiana myself, and while I didn't pick up a strong accent I do still have one, and speak with my own dialect so I would not be a good candidate to help you.
Mostly places with video feeds, seeing as this is a chan site, stickam is popular on 4chan, but more for raiding and shit and not so much for talking. Also yahoo and several other emails have video chat services.
There's always moving to America/England/some other English speaking country and trying to get by with what you have. Full immersion is what I think is best. But that's really only after learning a lot on your own.
tell you what. just get a text book of French (language) written in english. then, do your best to learn french through the book. you'll find it easy to understand or read in english than what you are actually learning.
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If you want to learn english, i recommend a site called iKnow.co.jp. There are courses for learning English, Japanese, and several other languages. The site was originally for Japanese Speakerslearning English and English Speakers learning Japanese. The site has grown to teach other languages, but Japanese and English are the main ones. It's very helpful, And the users there are very encouraging. You will find natives to speak with, (text chats and voice chats, all free through Skype.) Believe me, it helps :)
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