@virginvingler asked us to recount our most embarrassing moment and he delivered. definitely set the bar high lol.
A little background first. I'm a Tejano born and raised, growing up my dad tried... I mean tried...to teach me and my sisters Spanish, but growing up in Houston it was not a necessity. I took it in high school for a semester and basically learned how to say hello and how are you...pretty much slept through the rest of it.
11years ago I met my wife and daughter and father-in-law. They were here illegally but when you're in love who cares amirite? long story short they spoke only Spanish I didn't. I spoke only English they didn't.
One day when my wife was pregnant with our son, my daughter and suegro (father in law) were sitting at the kitchen table. Now I should say that I used to carry three Spanish-English dictionaries and one Spanish verb dictionary.
needless to say just saying something simple was a job!!
on this particular day I was feeling pretty confident in my newly acquired linguistic ability and decided to converse sans books...
it was morning so I wanted to use my new word I learned for breakfast. I wanted to say yo quiero comer desayuno which means I want to eat breakfast. i messed up and said yo quiero comer desnudo which means...I want to eat naked.
I had no idea why everybody was looking at me and I swear I could almost hear my son tell me telepathically... Really, dad? really?
my wife just came up to me and said "I don't think so."
it goes without saying I relied on those books for a while longer...plus my dad was really enjoying watching me struggle lol. he made sure to remind me that he tried...really tried...to teach me.