I am originally from Moscow, Russia and I did study English there. The problem was - our teachers would quit in the middle of the semester, so we would not finish the program for the year. The next year - we would start over from the alphabet, get to somewhere around Present Perfect, and the same thing would happen. So when I moved to Denver, CO in 1996 I could not say a word, even though I understood some stuff. School was tough, since I did not understand what the teachers were saying. But after 5 months I could speak it relatively well, and then I did not have any problems. I still have my accent, it will not go away. Now I enjoy writing stories, poems and songs in both languages - English and Russian.
My brother - Vafi88 came without the language. After around 4 months, I noticed him speaking PERFECT English while asleep, but when he was awake, he would not be able to say a decent phrase. Now he speaks without an accent.
Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.