One of the things I wish I was better at was foreign languages.
I have, over the course of a lifetime, picked up smatterings of (in no particular order) Italian, Spanish, Russian, German, Old English, Latin, New Testament Greek, Hungarian, Russian, Cornish, Welsh, Breton, Irish Gaelic, Scots Gaelic, Manx Gaelic, Icelandic, Korean, Japanese, French, and Klingon.
You would think, with this fabulous list, I could actually speak more of these languages than I can. Sadly, my abilities are limited.
My best (if you had to press me) would be Japanese and German (which is really based on my high school German). Everything else was either class or self study - but never really to the point of actually being able to use them.
Which is the part that really bothers me.
Because I really wish I had some level of fluency. It is one of those things that actually puts me to shame, that others can speak my mother tongue as well (or better) than I AND speak their own mother tongue in a way that I cannot.
I mean, it is not (these days) as if one does not have access to the ability to learn almost any language one wanted (except, sadly, Bactrian. We simply do not have enough to know what it was). It really is a matter of the will - and the ability to focus.
I do not know that I will every reach fluency in anything - but I am determined to reach a better level of communication in something. It sure is a better use of my time than simply seeing what the internet news is.