Say I'm applying for a job which has some global scope and in which foreign language skills might occasionally come in handy.
If I took 1 semester of Portuguese, 1 semester of Spanish, 1 semester of Italian, 1 semester of Japanese, but have an extremely basic ability to speak, understand, write, or read any of them, should I bother listing them at all (in my resume or CV)?
On the one hand I'd be suggesting that if necessary, I can do some very basic work in these languages, when the occasion arises. It might also suggest that I have some experience learning languages and I might be able to ramp up my level of proficiency very quickly, if the need arises.
On the other hand it sounds stupid - like listing the ability to use a web browser or Microsoft Word.