Learn to speak Spanish and/or French fluently
Like Home Ec, most of us all took a foreign language class during our four years in high school. I took Spanish in the tenth and eleventh grade with Señor Ramirez who wore black pants, a black Members Only jacket, and a gold necklace. Everyday. And we swore he had a glass eye too. Anyway, our textbook was called “Churros y chocolate” and I was always confused because the “y” – which translates to “and” – looked like the number 4. I wondered forever what “Churros 4 chocolate” meant until my friend clued me in. Duh.
I never did great in that class – I wonder why? But I actually can read and understand some Spanish. Writing and speaking it? Forget it. This makes it difficult to communicate with my cleaning lady who doesn’t speak a lick of English. First world problems, I know.
I’ve always wanted to speak French too. And only because I would love to visit France and speak the language beyond “croissant.” Maybe I should get one of those teach yourself gigs, but really, I’d prefer to listen to Foo Fighters in my car than repeating mundane phrases for a trip that may or may not ever even happen. Maybe I’m just being lazy too.
For now, I’ll leave you with this:
In Spanish: ¿Habla un idioma extranjero y si sí, qué es?
In French: Parlez-vous une langue étrangère et si oui, n’est-ce n’est pas?
photo from here