I have a book and an audio CD, and I have heard native speakers speaking Italian (which I think has helped my pronunciation immensely). However, I was wondering how others of you who have taught yourself a language have gotten past the barrier of learning to speak the language? I can grasp the reading, the writing, and the listening, but the speaking -- which is really one of the hardest parts anyways for me -- is made even more difficult because I don't have anyone to speak Italian TO.
I suppose I could talk to my cats, but they can't correct my pronunciation or grammar! Any suggestions or success stories? Thanks in advance, everyone!