It's been a long time, but I used to be near-fluent. Went all the way through a french immersion public school, and breezed through OAC French in high school (yeah, that's how long ago it was.... I had OAC )
I can't speak it well anymore, but I can still understand a little.
I did 4 years of French in high school. Apparently I was good enough to be in the "French Honor Society," but Amercan foreign language programs suck so much that just meant I got good grades but didn't really know how to speak it.
5 years later, I went all over Europe on a tour that ga e info in multiple languages. I was pleasantly surprised I understood most of the kindergarten level french.
I learned english on hfboards mainly.I could barely understand 1/4 of what I was reading when I got here(lurked for a year or so).I decided enough was enough and just learned it rather quickly then registered when I thought I could write a sentence.
Also started watching tv series and movies in english.I very rarely speak english though , probably going to new york soon , it'll be good for practicing my english.
When I was in the middle of my learning curve , I started trying to think in english sometimes , and realized I'm dumber when I'm living in english because of the lack of precision I can apply to whatever I'm thinking , especially since I have quite a rich vocabulary in french.