I'm lousy with languages. For years, I imagined that the capability for maths blocked that ability, as if one could learn math or languages but not both. Simple experience in college cured me of that crutch.
I studied both French and German in school. I can understand some French, but never acquired any ability to twist my tongue so as to speak it. My accent in German, however, is good enough to be mistaken for a native--until they spot my sparse vocabulary and omission of the "datitve" case, or any of the other cases for that matter. But I'm more comfortable in German--in French speaking cities, I seemingly only can remember my numbers in German. I do better reading signs in German than in French (Russian is easier still, if you know the Greek alphabet, but it takes forever to read that way). So I prefer business or vacation trips in German-speaking lands.
Culture first, then back to my hotel to edit a document. Thankfully, editing in MS Word--I can't figure out how to get spell-check in English here on blogger.