I even took a year of German in high school.
Do you think that qualifies me to speak anything?
Much like Eddie Izzard, I can talk about the fact that my cat has a green pencil. Or crayon. I forget which is which.
But I still managed to blather my way around Paris, even through multiple trips, so it’s obviously in there. I just have to figure out a way to actually learn to converse.
And learn vocabulary. If I can do the both, then I might actually learn to speak. And if I can learn to speak, I can learn to speak fluently.