I registered to this site hoping I can get some advice and suggestions regarding my own language acquisition process. I'm writing "acquisition" intentionally, as I think I have already successfully passed learning stage. I know enough to get by in everyday situations, handle complex texts, and follow university lectures in both my languages (English&German). So basically, all I can do now is to get exposed to my target language as much as I can. The problem is that my active usage of the language is far worse than passive understanding. I was told by native speakers that I sound unnatural and that my writings read difficult. This bothers me because of my studies. My academic performance is worse because I can't put across my ideas easily and naturally which results in distorted speech/writing. It just sucks when I get marked down because a marker doesn't understand at first sight what I mean.
Is there anyone who had the same troubles? What would you recommend me? This problem is more of psychological nature than any language strategies. I have already had enough input but this doesn't seem to reflect in active usage. I reckon I still haven't figured out how to "give in" to a new language, despite spending so much time abroad. I came across an article about language microclimate in this forum, which I found quite interesting. If you happen to know something more regarding the topic, I'd be grateful if you could post some links here.