I'm utterly useless. Sad remnants of school French. Mr PC, who travels a lot for work, can understand a fair amount of Spanish, Italian and German, speaks less but gets by. My Mum went to a French speaking school (ordered human kidneys at the butcher's shop once as she did biology and not shopping) and is fluent in Italian. My mother in law speaks fluent German, Spanish and some Italian. I'm the family dunce. But I can read a menu in French, Italian and a bit in German and Spanish. Priorities, priorities.