8 months is not a very long time for a language- it is a skill that takes time. Vocabulary is difficult to remember unless you use it, so the best way to keep it is to repeat it through use. It also depends on your language- I'm starting to learn Japanese at the moment and it is very hard to rememember words because they have no connection at all with anything in my language or any language I am familiar with. What;'s your fist language, by the way?
There are chat rooms for language on the internet, but I'm afraid never use chatrooms, so I don't know much about them. Apart from that, there are many forums like this, where you can communicate, though less directly.
Speaking is hard to practise over the net, but the informal nature of forums and chat does come close to spoken English.
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