So, I am very excited that I can understand certain words and phrases in French and I have even been able to use my French on occasion, but I am rather shy about it. I don’t want anyone to laugh at my Texas French accent. So yesterday, we were looking for a bank. I was very excited because I knew how to say, “Where is the Bank” = Où est la banque? So I went up to one person and asked: Où est la banque? Then when they answered I figured out the error of my way. I had no IDEA what they were saying. So then I quickly asked: Parlez-vous anglais ou espagnol? I got a big fat No! (Brendan speaks enough Spanish to get by.) So, although I can speak a few things, I have no idea what directions they were giving me. We went simply by hand pointing.
For those of you who don’t know, I took two years of French in High School because my mother promised to take me to France. Instead, I took myself to France and quickly realized that the Houston population would soon have a majority of Spanish speaking individuals. So really, what good is a French speaking Texan do?