Poland was the first country I've been to with very little English signage. I had learned some basic Polish and learned more while there. For instance, I caught on pretty quickly that sklep means store. I rented apartments for my stay from Apartments Apart which worked out really well. It also gave me the experience of going to the grocery store - examining packages and trying to determine what they contained. I think it helped me eat more healthily since I was sure what the fruits and vegetables were. Apartments Apart also offered a Welcome Package which I bought so my first apartment had basics (milk, corn flakes, butter, bread, jam, cheese, water) which was very convenient.