So I started taking language classes again because, although cab drivers flatter the pants off of me by telling me I speak great Arabic, I can barely understand the world around me. Especially since everyone talks so fast.
Anyway, I go to the class, and the teacher walks in and says, in Arabic, “hello.” I say “hello.” He says “So, you want to learn Arabic?” and I say “I want to be better at Arabic.” He looks startled and after a little more talking he says “You already know so much! You don’t need classes!”
Either I am the least confident super genius on the planet, or an American that can speak even the slightest Arabic is regarded as an amazing rarity over here.