I only took 1 year of Spanish in high school. Which I totally got an A in by the way.
Do you know what you learn in your first year of Spanish?
Colors and School Supplies.
When I first moved to Utah when I was 19 I applied to work at a mexican restaurant. They asked me in my interview if I knew Spanish and I was totally honest and said "No....UNLESS someone wants to talk about school supplies...in which case, I'm their girl."
I was hired.
I would sometimes just say all the spanish words I knew and would pretend like I knew how to speak the language.
" Hola amigo, lapiz cuaderno boligrafo papel la mochila??"
If you have never taken Spanish or don't remember your first year of Spanish..let me translate.
I just said: "Hello friend, pencil notebook pen paper backpack"
They got the biggest kick out of me, the little white girl or should I say the little BLANCA girl...
Today at work (I work at a scrapbook store) this hispanic woman came in.
I greeted her and asked her if I could help her with anything.
She just looked at me and said "espanol??"
I shook my head and apologized. Thats when the charades began. She dug into her purse and pulled out a pencil. She then pretended to be sharpening her pencil...
I gasped. "Oh! you want a SACAPUNTAS?!?!"
Her eyes got nearly as big as the grin on her face.
Unfortunately we didn't have any pencil sharpeners for her to buy, but she didn't leave until I taught her how to say pencil sharpener.
Looks like my first year of Spanish paid off.