Are you prepared? Having a open mind usually help when you visit
other cultures and countries. Complaining about things doesn't help
anything. So if you're in a country where you don't understand ANYTHING,
ZERO, NADA then take time to learn a word or two each day. Trust
me it helps.
When I went to Finland for my first season overseas I had never
even heard of the country or the language Finnish. It was very different
from the other languages that I studied and heard before. It took
time to get adjusted. Thank goodness I had a great roommate who
started to ask and learn a word a day. I caught on and borrowed
books from the library to get a better understanding of the language.
I learned enough to understand but speaking Finnish was/is a different
story. It is a difficult language. After three years of visiting
and playing in Finland I still can't speak fluently. Only bits and
pieces here and there but my understanding is average. Enough to
know what the team and coach were talking about most of the time
So the key is to try to your best to acquaint yourself with the
culture if you wish you make your stay worthwhile and fun. Visit
the library when you're there for language books and tapes or plan
and study before you leave your country. That is the best advice
I have. Planning before you leave is better and you can find the
translation dictionary that you need in your home country.
Amazon is a great place to buy cheap books online.
Amazon in many languages and countries:
Amazon - USA
Amazon - United Kingdom
Amazon - Germany
Amazon - France
Amazon - Japan
It’s better to be prepared I can testify to that because going
to Spain last year was hard for me. Although Spanish is a second language
in the USA I still didn't understand the rapid language or culture.
I didn't have a translation book when I left. Trying to communicate
with my team was hard but thank goodness a few kind people tried to
speak English. After a month of struggling I started taking Spanish
in a local university. From October - January I had classes that lasted
2hrs during three days out of the week. I met many nice people, two
students from Alaska and many throughout Europe. It was nice meeting
people and it gave me social time and fun outside of basketball.
There are many places online that have small learning courses online
to help you before you leave. I will try to get a list of them and
software you can buy.