Despite living in Canada for over 29 years, I still speak with a British accent. I took French in school and sucked; really I was terrible but I took it for four years. I left school a "number" of years ago and have never really had the need to speak French.
Fast forward to yesterday and we were in MacDonald's down the road from us and me being the nosy person that I am, was listening to a strained conversation at the counter and gathered the poor woman who was trying to order didn't speak English.
I said to the young kid behind the counter don't you take French in school, he said not; which I found strange as we are a bilingual country for heavens sakes. Anyhow, my British schoolgirl French kicked in and we had a conversation on what she was trying to order. I don't know who was more surprised me or dh.
Now granted my pronunciation was terrible but the lady understood me enough so I could double check the order and make sure it was correct.
I still couldn't get over the three kids, nor the manager didn't even know a bit of basic French?
So now I can add another thing to my resume/cv; TRANSLATOR!!!!