I have a little secret before I go overseas where I can't speak the language.
The secret is...Michel Thomas language app.
Apart from being native speaker on Chinese and Taiwanese. Since young I have gone to so many language tuitions such as English, Japanese, German, Spanish and Korean. As a classical trained singer I took compulsory classes on French, Italian as well because there are so many French Melodies, German Lied and Italian operatic area that we need to learn and memorise.
If you ask me, So what language can you really speak? Apart from fluent in Chinese, English and Taiwanese. I can only get by conversational Japanese, simple German and simple Spanish. None of them is good but my philosophy is that it's always better to understand a little rather than nothing at all.
When you learn another language, you really open another world of communication.
Every time I go to a new country where I can't speak the language, I bought the language app of Michel Thomas method. Like last year I went to Sweden so I bought Swedish. He doesn't have Michel Thomas in Czech. So when I went to Prague I really went with no knowledge at all.
I am off to Dubai soon so I bought Michel Thomas in Arabic months ago and literally learn from listening daily. His method is incredibly useful that get you to speak very quickly . It's not a long term language learning method but the emergency of language learning.
You really can communicate and construct the sentence very quickly and effectively. Of course when you come back without any more further studying you'll totally forget it. However it makes the travelling more interesting if you can communicate even the slightest and everyone loves and appreciates your effort.
A lot of miracles can happen when you make effort on things. That's my life's philosophy.
Check out Michel Thomas language app. It's not cheap but its worth it.