Dear Senora Showalter,
I will never forget you and how you worked for 2 years at being my spanish teacher in Jr. High. Aside from the spycams and the fake money you passed out, the thing I remember most about your class is the word, "muy." Not only did I learn that muy = very, but I also learned how to say it. Like a cow says moo. Plus eee. Together this makes. Moo-eee. Or, alternately, mooie.
P.S. Your flowy pants are also extremely memorable. And the apron where you kept the fake money.
I am inventing my own Spanglish phrases to use. They are muy helpful for sounding like a gringo/(a). The first phrase (the only one so far that I have remembered, at least) is:
many hands make muy rapido
this is code for: many hands make light work.
I think after two years of church in Spanish I can finally say that my Spanish has improved a sliver of a fragment.