I just start learning German along with some friends and I -personally- feel it would be better to use it everyday so that I get the hang of the rules in German. I am willing to keep a pocket dictionary with myself. I live in India and nobody speaks German but I want to start speaking some useful sentences everyday to a native German speaker.
So, what is the bare minimum I need to know about German - like nouns, verbs, etc. - that can help me achieve it? And is my strategy good, or should I tweak it to learn German successfully, for example, if it's not focusing too much on vocabulary.
Also, and very important, where can I actually find people to converse with in German?