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?

The most important phrases to know are ones that pertain to your necessities: "where is the bathroom?" and "where is the nearest grocery store?" are good examples. I'll echo Madison and emphasize that you need to be able to greet people and say goodbye, but I'd say you cannot get by without being able to express that this language is not your native language, and you'll want to know phrases like "can you repeat that?" or "would you mind speaking more slowly?" so that you can better understand people around you! Above all, make sure you know how to ask for what you need (food, water, bathroom, etc).
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