I tried to improve my horrible Arabic in Doha and I failed. I would say I am just really good at all the different additions to inshallah now. Oh and sometimes I can pick up on what people are chatting about - used to freak my students out when I would speak in English about the topic they were chatting about.
Now that I am in Thailand, and no one speaks English, communication has become a big problem. I have never been on this side of things. Normally, while traveling, English is a common denominator but here in Thailand it is not. Trying to order food has been entertaining. I think I'm saying it right but then I get something I didn't order. This morning I met one of the 1st grade teachers and she said she would help me with my Thai as she is a Thai teacher. Pretty excited for some lessons and for someone to teach me some basic Thai phrases, numbers, and food!