I'm an American who as an army brat, lived in Germany for a big chunk of my life. My english is native, I went to American schools both in America and in Germany, and my german is intermediate at best. I feel a bit emberased about not being able to speak german better than I do considering how long I lived there, so I've tried to fix that problem. I've started reading beginner and intermediate level books in german, and for some reason, I seem to have forgotten alot of the language. I find myself constantly looking up words like "oh right, I remember that now!". I only moved from Germany two and a half years ago! It amazes me that I've gotten this rusty so fast. But, for some reason, reading and looking up the unknown words is not helping me very much. I've still got problems using what I learn to speak better. Basically, I'm trying to find a more effective way to learn how to speak German better and more fluently while living in America. Anyone got any really great ways to learn a language effectively when you're not immersed in that country's culture? I'm trying to get up to where I'm speaking on an intermediate to near-fluent level. And I've already been advised to find groups in my college that just speak German with each other for practice, but I can't find any such groups. I appreciate the help!