The Druskov family came to our apt. for dinner this week. Smart little Alyona picked up on my inability to speak sensibly, so she wouldn't even try to talk to me, but would point and gesture with her hands. She helped me put the food on the table with my 2 yr. old vocabulary of "bread, butter, potatoes."
(Incidentally, the door behind the little curtain opens on our sun porch or "balcony." The little room is lined with windows but has no heat, so this time of year it's like a walk-in freezer.)