I have met several autonomous learners. They studied and engaged with English because of its importance for so many jobs and so many needs and occasions.
They didn’t learn because somebody would be pressing them to learn or they were seeking a diploma.
I remember one of them: we were in an airplane to Rome. Ok, he made good use of time and chattered with the flight-attendants, both genders, in short conversations.
These autonomous learners anyway need precisely other people to talk with – it isn’t enough to study and learn many words and grammar. / Photo from: alban7 unblog fr