I have been practicing a lot on improving my Spanish, and yesterday I was sitting outside on my lunch break, and a Hispanic gentleman asked me for directions. MAN - I was so excited to use my Spanish, and this was my chance to shine! Here is a synopsis of how it went... enjoy!
Him: Hola, habla español?
Me: un poquito
Next, the expected thing happened - he began talking REALLY fast, so I pulled out my 'mas despacio' on him, which helped.... then he pulled out his cell phone with a picture of the number '400', and I was sitting in front of '300', so I thought this would be a piece of cake. So...
Me: Ah! Está tresciento
Then he stared at me with a blank look on his face waiting for me to tell him more, and then it happened. I choked. I was speechless. I wanted to tell him to go down the street to the corner, and the building would be on the right.
Instead, I pointed down the street..... and could think of nothing in Spanish except 'alli'.
Needless to say, I have spent a significant amount of time drilling navigation dialogue into my brain today.
...ah. Such is the pleasure of learning!