Not sure whether this is the right place to ask this question, but it has bothered me for so long, and has impacted my life from every aspect.
I am from China. This is my fourth-year in United States as a graduate student, but I still feel like I don't speak English well. The consequent results are:
(1) A lot of times I feel I have good ideas, thoughts, opinions in my mind. But once I speak out, I am not able to convey most of what I think efficiently. Because of that, I feel frustrated many times.
(2) I had very strong intention to stay out of the Chinese social group, hoping to get involved more with American students and native speakers. But a lot of times, though I am with them, I don't know how to start good conversations. As a result, I feel I don't make use of the time and the opportunities well. And I feel less confident to hang out with American classmates, as I would feel embarrassed without knowing what to chat.
I know living in another culture is not easy, and learning the culture and mastering the language are hard. I shouldn't expect that I can do great without time and efforts. But I really wish I can speak good oral English, have great communication ability with English, and embrace the American culture as I can.
In terms of my personal case, are there any practical suggestions (tips) on how I can train my oral English well and get involved in American culture? Are there any plans on daily activities that I can do to achieve that goal?
Any opinions are highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.