My language skills eh? hrm, boy it sure is a messed up thing. In public, when i have to interact with foreigners I exclusively use English - not because I think it's so great, but simply because it's the language I feel the most confident about. I love the sound of the French language and I've even tried to learn it once, but the differences between written French and French pronunciation are too big for my modest mind to comprehend. All in all, i can't speak nearly a thing in French. However, my admiration for French uniforms between 1691-1815 makes me buy loads of books and magazines from France - I understand pretty well the written French and I'm able to communicate that way. My private correspondence with the fellow members of the "la Sabretache" society (which i'm in as well) is entirely in French, though preparing a reply and checking it make take some time depending on the topic. And to be frank, I still think that my emails ain't that great, but I do my best.