I actually grew up in a country that English speakers are regarded as intellectuals, so maybe the pressure was a factor. However, you MUST really WANT to learn it. My best advice, from experience, is to seek for mentors... and listen. Then keep practicing.
"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." - Isaac Newton
Oh, and add to your profile that English is your second language. Many people relate to this and may find it a charming touch to your writing!