My mother is a highly-educated woman, having gone to both college and law school. She writes and speaks English perfectly well, as it's her native tongue, but she's never had quite the same luck with other languages. In fact, one of her college professors once told her that when she spoke Spanish, it sounded like Chinese. This should give you some concept of her foreign language abilities.
She is doomed, apparently, to forever communicate only in English.
Except, today, we discovered that she knows how to speak "Cat". Zoe entered the room where we were, briefly, and then turned and strolled back into the hallway. My mother, in an effort to entice her back into the bedroom, meowed at her. To our utter amazement, Zoe actually stopped in her tracks, turned around, and meowed back at my mother. I have no idea what they said to each other, but they were both happy. =)