Madrid mayor Ana Botella recently copped criticism for her "relaxing café con leche" comment during a speech presenting the Spanish capital's failed Olympic bid.
But can Spaniards really blame her for not having a thorough grasp of a language which is as important as it is frustrating?
While English may seem easy at first glance, there are so many exceptions to the rules that sometimes the language seems designed to make life difficult for students.
It's enough to make you want to tear your hair out!
As translator and English teacher Tara Lowe puts it: "Spaniards, we English speakers understand your pain.
"Patience, determination and above all, native English speaker friends, partners and work colleagues are vital to your success in learning this beautiful language."