I was stuck on a snowy street tonight; it was after a tremendous snowfall here and there was only a narrow pathway cleared that was one car wide. The car at the front was trying to back out to make way, and he was stuck.
I jumped out to help, but I couldn’t communicate with them – the driver and his (presumable) gf were Latino. They had very little English proficiency. I was trying to give instructions to the driver as he spun in place, and he kept doing things the wrong way – I suppose they have very little snow in El Salvador! – and ending up in a snowdrift. It was damnably frustrating.
I need enough Spanish to communicate with my neighbors, kids on the street, retail workers, and tradesmen in the area. Not sure right now how to go about this, but I’ll update as I go on this one.