I think so. We can listening a lot, writing and reading, but speaking with natives is very difficult. English students want to meet them to speak, but all of them say the same, "is much better with natives to improve our speaking level".
It is but many people ignore the fact that the other skills help a lot in the speaking part as well. Take an example native speakers who are uneducated, who've never attended school, don't have the habits of reading and writing, their speaking skill is lower compared to the ones who are literate and work on other skills.
If you listen, you'll eventually learn pronunciation, intonation, melody and have a better understanding when you're speaking to native speakers because you'll speak but you'll get a response, right, so you need to have good ears.
If you read, you'll be in touch with the structure, grammar, logic and will learn vocabulary and all of these things will reflect on your speaking.
If you write, you'll be basically mastering the language because it's when you put all the skills into practice.
Nowadays there's this new trend in the language learning world where people ignore reading, grammar, writing and etc because they think they can only get by with speaking, people are too radical and don't know how to balance stuff!
I think speaking, listening, reading, and writing are all important and all complement each other... and I try to keep working hardest on whichever one I'm currently weakest in. (Currently, it is listening).
I agree, though, that speaking and listening are key because you have to do those rapidly in real time... and you can't do them unless you are really, really, really absorbing the language at the intuitive level where you need to absorb it.
I don't think speaking is the most important skill, I think the speaking should be the most difficult than other skills.
Reading, listening, writing and speaking are a set of skills any person must master to speak a language with fluency.
The goal is usually to be able to communicate orally. This is what gives the most satisfaction and sense of achievement. Of course, it is also the most difficult. hehe
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'Is speaking the most important thing when learning a foreign language?'
Yes.You are right:).One day I try to speak with one of the italki users.But I forgot all english words.It is very diffucult.