I'm more or less capable of explaining my thoughts in English and I've recently started learning Spanish. Of course, there's a bunch of various articles/videos/posts on how to do it.
But one thing I truly can't understand. I used to read a lot of comments/opinions/reviews, not only related to Spanish, when a person allegedly managed to learn the language almost without studying grammar.
One of the quotes is:
I learned it without doing any lessons: I tried to read articles and books and listen to podcasts, look up words, and maybe occasionally looked up grammar but didn't worry about it too much. I passed the C1 without taking any classes.
And I can find a lot of things like this.
And I simply can't get how. When I tried to start any language through articles or anything similar, I ended up sleeping with the dictionary and hating the process on the day 2.
When I started trying to find people to talk to in Spanish, I felt a complete lack of means to express my thoughts.
When I tried to read what people messaged me, I could never get the exact meaning of the phrase without double checking in an online translator or dictionary.
I can't understand how people proceed to speaking because when I want to say something, I want to know what I'm saying, I want to understand the mechanics of the language, how it works, why I should put this word here but no there and so on and so forth.
Summing up, I would really love to read your opinions on that. Maybe I'm missing something. Maybe I'm just doing it wrongfully. Just wonder how people manage to get used to the language without studying grammar which is, as I think, exactly something that tells you how the language functions (though I don't say one should only stick to the grammar books and not use anything else, no way).