Last week I took my first Spanish lesson. Apparently, I am as qualified today as I was at my last language lesson almost 40 years ago. Surely, when I travel to Costa Rica this winter, I'll be able to dazzle the kids with my ability to converse with the locals.
When we first moved to Latin America, back in 2001, our Spanish language skills were minimal. We had what we call 'restaurant and taxi' Spanish, allowing us to get where we were going (usually a restaurant) and order our food once we got there.