It sounds corny, but learning the language is necessary. At least a little. Six months before the move, I studied at home: using the usual program on the phone, I crammed words and expressions.By the time I left, I had a B2 level, but upon arrival, all knowledge seemed to have fallen into the Mariana Trench, and it seemed to me that I would never get it out of there. In fact, they speak rather quickly, slowly and clearly, I understand about 80% of what is said. Therefore, I perfectly understand all the difficulties of the language barrier. At the moment I am working on the project "You are not alone", which helps young people to quickly integrate into a foreign language environment.
Having lived here, I can confidently advise not to be afraid of the locals. I will not say for all the countries and cities, but in Munich I come across entirely patient and friendly young people. They watch with interest how I type words in Google transliteration and rejoice, like children, when I read an obliquely constructed phrase from the screen. They praise my pronunciation and smile. I understand that it is very scary to be misunderstood, ridiculed, cursed, but it is necessary to communicate how it will turn out. I want to be silent and smile. But as soon as I began to overcome this fear, everything began to improve immediately. Personal communication and connections are very important here. Even awkward communication attempts will be counted in your favor. Another common phobia among young people sounds something like this: “What if I take a long time to choose my words, speak slowly and with pauses. A foreigner will think I'm stupid. " For some reason, we think that the interlocutor expects us to speak at a speed of 120 words per minute, and not a normal conversation. Remember, when speaking in our native language, we also pause, sometimes we choose the right words for a long time, and this is perceived as quite normal. It does not always depend on the knowledge of the language, just someone speaks quickly, and someone slowly.
After living in a hostel for some time, we rented an apartment with furniture, but decided to buy additional desks, mattresses and household items. We ordered delivery. We were expecting our furniture as gifts from Santa Claus. Prepared and learned a few phrases that might come in handy. When the movers arrived, my friend was so excited that he could only say "Hallo" and repeat "ja, ja". The movers laughed, and then very quickly and smoothly dragged the furniture not to the elevator, but directly to our apartment, on the fourth floor. Now we recall this story with a smile, and my friend at the moment freely communicates in shops and cafes, without fear of making a mistake.