I know my European geography really well, my friends. But the rest of the world--well, let's just say I'm improving. I am terribly ashamed to admit that during a French exam, while interviewing the test administrator about his native country, I couldn't understand the French name of his homeland. He even gave me a lot of hints: that it was a small island in the Caribbean, that it was close to the Dominican Republic, that they spoke French and Creole, etc. The fact that I was clueless does not bode well for my score. But I will never make that mistake twice.