That's the only thing I miss about hospital nursing..........I used to have the opportunity to speak Spanish almost every shift, but we have no Hispanic residents at my ALF and I'm getting rusty. I've programmed my cell phone en espanol
and watch Telemundo every so often, but it's not the same as coaching a woman through her first few attempts at breastfeeding, or interviewing an injured farm worker during admission.
At least my 15-year-old is taking Spanish at school this year........it's weird, we have so many Latinos here in Oregon, and yet his teacher is not a native speaker, nor does she apparently even speak the language that well---I've had to correct his pronunciation any number of times because hers is often incorrect.
Oh, well, even mediocre instruction is better than none; two years of a foreign language used to be a requirement for high school graduation here, but now when it's needed more than ever, they've abolished the requirement AND cut back on the number of courses offered.
Say what you will about the necessity for immigrants to learn English to be able to participate fully in the life of this country---and I believe they should---it's never a waste of time to learn another tongue. Europeans almost take this for granted, many of them being fluent in three, four, or even more languages, while Americans tend to think that being able to use a few foreign words or phrases makes them sophisticated.