understanding can be actually done “easily” by getting the context, while speaking implies to get the good pronunciation and be able to put the nuance that you want.
I believe IMHO that you’ll reach a glassceiling sooner or later in your french level if you don’t speak it.
But I know foreigners who are understanding literally everything in french but prefer to communicate in english. Are they good in French? obviously. Are they able to live in France? tough question haha
so… depends from one person to another 🙂
It’s interesting you say ‘But I know foreigners who are understanding literally everything in french but prefer to communicate in english. ‘
I know most learners hate the way they sound in a different language, they don’t like the sound of their own voice in a foreign language. I guess listening helps but if you can’t pronounce the word, you need practice.
Also it must get frustrating at some point to understand but always reply back in your native language. I think it more tiring!!!!