So I've been studying Korean for about two years now, but you'd never know it.
I work in a school district with lots of Koreans...and consequently lots of opportunities to practice my language skillz.
In one of my classes, there is a kid who pretty much just moved here from Korea, so his English isn't great and he is assisted by the ELL teacher in class. "YAY," I think to myself "I wanna talk to this kid!" So I spend time in class racking my brain for bits of Korean things to say to him...
This is how I imagine our conversation would go:
In Korean (in overly formal manner not appropriate for speaking with school children):
ME: Hello! Nice to meet you!
ME: Who is that person over there? I am an American person.
Are you a Korean person?
HIM: Um, what person?
ME: That's great! I like to eat Kimchi and Pizza! The book is sitting on the table. What is your
Pretty much all I will achieve by initiating this conversation is scaring the child or leading him to believe I'm crazy. Not good.