I’m studying abroad in a country where I don’t speak the language, but I’m trying to learn some of the basics before I go. What are some of the most important or useful phrases to know?

I think that the most important phrases are ones you learn out of politeness. These are common ones like "please," "thank you," "sorry," and "hello/goodbye". When travelling or living in an unknown area, the last thing you want to do is offend somebody. The most surefire way to make sure you don't is by using polite phrases like the ones mentioned above. Besides these, I would learn some common ones like how to say "Where is ____" and one explaining that you only understand English.
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