I’m not that comfortable in French, but I’m told that I speak it “well, for an American.” It turns out that this means that I speak French about as well as a Spanish cow. This is the expression for speaking French poorly: parler français comme une vache espagnole, or “to speak French like a Spanish cow.” I can’t really think of a clever English-language equivalent.
It turns out that if you do a search on vache espagnole (Spanish cow) on Google Images, you find quite a bit of stuff. I’ve posted some of the better pictures here.
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