Just curious really...I have the same experience with understanding better than speaking. No German though, French, Italian and Spainish although not really enough to do translations.
That always cracks me up about Europeans...it seems like the European idea of "I speak a little" and the American idea of the same are very different! It never ceases to amaze me that someone in Europe will say they only speak "a little" english, but can then continue a whole conversation! When I say a little, it isn't nearly enough to get beyond directions, food and bathrooms
My family is from Wurtzburg, Germany...I guess that is why I am on the lookout for people who live there. Before my knitting obsession, I was working on my family history for a while. Unfortunately with the records that were destroyed during the war in that city, I may never get any farther with it. Schnellenberger is my maiden name.