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Here is another important point to know when learning a language.
Use English as a tool.
When you have a chance to speak, do that for as long as you can. Ask questions, answer questions with as many details as you can. Even if that means a few words.
Watch and learn what the "native" person does. His/her facial expressions, intonation, use pictures and or gestures to communicate with this person. Absorb what they are saying as much as you can, even if you can't understand everything.
This will really help you, but YOU have to make the effort.