As you say that you do not know what "fluent" means, idun, perhaps it's YOU who's talking ther nonsense-----worth thinking about perhaps, eh?
By fluent , I mean being able to understand everything said and being able to reply and being complertely understood---by French people.
That makes it simple for you, so perhaps you can understand now
And, I repeat, we were fluent within 12 months.
I am now at the level of the teacher who taught me French A Level-----and she was good and got many of her students to Oxbridge ( my degree is in History so French was just a poor A level attempt for me---tho I passed).
I don't think there's anything wrong in sharing one's own experience on this Site ; nor on giving the original poster a bit of encouragement
You seem to have a problem with anyone who has mastered the language idun-----have you encountered problems : if so, I am happy to arrange correspondence course for a modest fee
Wish we could have moved to La Belle France earlier in life. But better late than never.
Bon courage !