Thank you, Carole.
I started to learn English at school at 2nd grade. We used to have good edicational system back in the USSR (If I can say so).
Unfortunately, my written English is much better than spoken. I studied German at University but I can say only a few phrases.
I started learning Russian in 7th grade (so I would have been 11, I guess). Loved the language. Our class even memorised a few poems by Pushkin, not that I can remember them now, of course -- that was when we weren't learning about tractor production or trying to figure out why the jokes in Krokodil magazine for children were funny -- some things don't translate, I guess.
So your English is excellent. The fun thing about the forum is that you are going to learn how "real" people speak (or write, I suppose), rather than all that formal book stuff.