Take a few minutes out of every day to go over some short language clips on YouTube.com to learn...
Take a few minutes out of every day to go over some short language clips on YouTube.com to learn basic
phrases such as "Hello" and "Thank you" in the language spoken most widely in your host country. It
would also be important to memorize phrases such as "no meat" if you are vegetarian or "no peanuts" if
you are allergic to peanuts, etc. Another good way to immerse yourself into a new culture is by
watching a foreign film that is from your host country, so if you are going to China, ask around or
google "classic Chinese cinema." If you don't have time for that, a good alternative is simply to keep
up with world news on websites such as CNN.com and BBC.com so that you are not completely out of the
loop when you arrive into your host country. It's also cool if you look up some of the current pop
music because people will be really impressed if you know a popular song!