This afternoon after I left work, I got off the bus and was walking down the sidewalk toward the crosswalk where I have to cross to get to my apartment building. This man stopped me and asked if I knew where if there was a Chinese restaurant in the area that has a buffet. I don't, but I was making some suggestions as to where a restaurant like that might be in the area and he mentioned he'd come to Honolulu for the pow wow.
Anyway, we got into a conversation that lasted maybe half an hour or so - he was very interesting. When we finally went our separate ways he tried to teach me how to say "good bye" in Cherokee and I swore up and down I'd remember it.
He told me to associate the way it sounds with "Donna's gotta go now." And of course, 3 1/2 hours after the conversation, all I remember is "Donna's gotta go now."
So much for my ability to learn another language. But I did learn quite a bit from him.