I also want to improve. I can understand spanish cause my parents talked to me in spanish but I always responded in english. I'm not great at speaking it. I can put some words together to get me by like at the carniceria,lol but if you start talking fast in spanish, forget it! lol
I was born in Europe and while my parents spoke spanish it usually was not directed to us. It was when they did not want us to hear what they were talking about. But when we returned to the U.S. our extended family only spoke spanish. As you can imagine, knowing English and German and no Spanish, it was a bit difficult to communicate. Now, when I speak with my son's father who wants to improve his English, we help each other in learning the language but there are times when we don't know how to explain something or the appropriate word (so many dialects) to say.
Also, I feel intimidated and embarrased when I see a another mom (Latina) and I dont feel adequate in speaking to her because I need to improve my spanish.