Prompt #18: What skill have you always wanted to acquire?
I'd rather like to be multilingual. I took German for six years in school -- two years in junior high and all through high school. Even went to Germany. I switched to French when I got to college, which was a blessing and a curse. I love the French language, but after six years of speaking a guttural tongue, French was just weird and smooth. Sort of like a Ken doll's nether regions.
When I say I'd like to be multilingual, I mean confidently so. I love that I know enough French and German to recognize (some) words and phrases when I see them. Years ago, a friend and I attended French Market, a cultural fair at the church by my parents' house. He commented that the jambon et fromage baguette looked tasty and I instantly shot back, "Yeah, if you want to pay $7 for a ham-and-cheese sandwich." So I recognize words and I'm a snob. Yay!
Because of my education in French, I can usually decipher words in other languages like Spanish. Enough to figure some things out, anyway. Not enough to travel to a Spanish-speaking country and bust out with a bunch of Holas! but enough to mutter along with the closed captioning at home and feel proud when I'm able to figure out what's going on.