For the most part I live in English-speaking culture. My family speaks English. All my web/email interactions are in English. The dominant language of SHAPE is English. In touristy areas, shopkeepers speak English. Church is in English. Chievres isn't only English-speaking, it is completely American.
The first few times a stranger addressed me in French, I was startled and it took a few moments for my brain to catch up and respond appropriately. Now I'm a bit faster on the uptake. Not only that, but I do enjoy hearing and speaking French. Conversationally, I'm still quite slow, but every day interactions with strangers are getting a bit better.
I like greeting people with a "bonjour!" as I walk the dog and wishing store keepers a "bonne journee" (good day).
I can ask for a pork roast at the butcher's counter and respond when someone wants the extra chair at the dance studio. I'm not a great French speaker, but I'm decent. People quickly realize French is not my first language. They also are generally pleased I am making the effort.
I like the mental exercise of thinking and speaking in French and I expect if I keep at it, it will continue to improve until I once again move back to the US and forget everything I've learned.
Until then- Bonne Journee!