Why I don’t stress out myself with self-help books that teach me a foreign language in 30 days anymore…

I mean, it’s definitely good to learn a couple of basic phrases: hello, goodbye, please, thank you, you’re welcome, where is…, how much…, what is…, numbers, toilet, taxi, currency, passport, airport, etc. But other than that… most of the people I have met in foreign countries just speak back to me in English.

Moreover, my pronunciation is… atrocious. I try to pronounce the words like how I think it sounds like, and ends up sounding somewhat ignorant. -___-;;

Still at Paris – this is probably happening to me at this very moment.