Cincy, you would be surprised on how quik you pick things up whe you really have to. On my travels in Cuba, I started out not speaking one work of Spanish, execpt "Cerveza" (beer). I had no choice but to learn words to get me by, some of the very small towns i passed through had no one speaking english. I had to learn and fast, I learned enough in a few days to get me buy, now i can asure you there were problems, but
body language and patients really paid off.
Just keep in mind a couple of things Spanish, French and Italian are very similar languages, if you can speak one you can learn the others quickly, i know a bit of frenchm so I caught onto spanish not to bad, And when I was in Italy i could not carry on a in depth conversation, but i could hold my own. You can pick up a dictonary to learn from, but it might be considered rude to be looking up every work people say to you. learn key pharses you will need and go from there. Do your best to understand people, do not avoid them because you do not speak the language and youwill do fine.
Remember, items you buy will have labels, read them, stores will have signs in the specific language, learn what they are, and how to use them, look for works and pictures togeather to relate one to the other.
No one thing to keep in mind, if the country your in doesn't use the "english" alphabet, you might run into problems, but learn as much as you can before you go.
Most community colleges, and community centers have language courses, I know they are not to much $$$ here, you might wanna check those out to help ya.
Chinese Alphabet ( one of them )
There are more, this is just to give you an idea of what is out there....