For Christmas, I visited my family in Canada. It was nice, but very cold. We had a big ice storm and were without lights and heat. I ate a lot, read a lot, and I hiked through the woods to the ice caves.
Teacher: There are ice caves in Canada?
Laura: It was a small ice cave.
Teacher: [Launches into a complex story that I couldn't quite follow about a friend who travelled to the US for Christmas and had trouble getting home.] Did you have trouble getting back?
Laura: No, but when I was flying there, I spent four or five hours waiting in the Toronto airport because there was a lot of snow.
In some ways, speaking in a language you barely know is easier than speaking in your native tongue. It relieves you of having to sound intelligent.