When I was in France I was horrible at speaking the language. In fact, one of the main reasons I drank so much beer in that country, besides the obvious, was because the word "beer" was much easier for me to pronounce than the word "water." Sure, I could have struggled to pronounce it, but I was very timid ordering in strictly French establishments, and therefore only used words that I was completely comfortable with.
I would go on long bike rides, every day, and then stop at local cafés to rehydrate, always with a tall glass of cold beer.
What a great month.