I’m not working on my Basque as much as I’d like but here’s what I can do so far:
– introduce myself and have a basic “how are you? I’m American. I’m not a student. Those children are students” conversation.
– count to twelve. Which, if you look it up, is quite a feat.
– ask what the time is and answer if asked.
– make a fairly complex order of alcoholic beverages at a bar (which is quite useless because I no longer drink. But hey, that’s what the textbook considers crucial.)
– point to objects and name them or ask their names. Especially things like sea, mountains, forests, farms, etc.
– recite every ETA slogan that ever existed. Which, I’m hoping, will be as useless as ordering wine at a bar.
– explain where different neighborhoods of Donostia (San Sebastián) are.
– say that something is old / pretty / pleasant. But not new / ugly / or unpleasant.
– say “you are the boss” and “long live the Basque Country.”
I also watched the movie Spanish Affair (this is the English translation) that is a very funny comedy about Basque stereotypes. It’s available on Netflix, and I highly recommend.
I passed the first test with 92% (I grade myself.) The only mistake I made was the word order, so it’s not that bad.