Speaking of strangers in a strange land, Jill of jill/txt has an interesting bit on how to fake French. It basically consists of repeating three phrases with different intonations. Or you can always say, "C'est pas mal." Now, the problem is what to do when somebody calls you up on that bluff. But she swears that you just go back to the same three phrases and you're okay.
I want to brush up on my French again. And just when I've decided to do that, all the people I know who teach it seems to have vanished into thin air. Sigh.
Okay, time to run.