I want to be fluent in this language, I love it so much. It would really help my nursing career, and I would love to be able to talk to my Dominican family. I've tried to keep penpals, but it's so hard to find someone who is really committed to learning English like I am to learning Spanish, so they always fall apart. I don't really have the money or time to study abroad, I'm really focused on getting my nursing degrees as soon as possible. More than anything, I want to raise my kids in two languages.
Is there anything you guys can suggest? What is a realistic goal for becoming fluent, time-wise? How did some of you become fluent? Did any of you teach yourselves out of a textbook or use programs?