Polish your Polish
Polish is considered one of the most difficult languages to master, and yes, there's a speck of truth in that statement: this is all because of the language's structure, long history and heavy influences of neighbouring languages.
At first contact you will hear nothing but rustling of those /thsh/'s and /shtsh/'s but believe us, these are not present in all the words you need. Below is a short list of survival Polish phrases that might help you survive, at least until you find somebody who speaks some English.
cześć /'tsheshtsh/ - hi!
dzień dobry /jen 'dob-rih/ - good morning
proszę /'prosheh/ - please
dziękuję /jen'koo-yah/ - thank you
przepraszam /psheh'pra-sham/ - sorry/excuse me
dwa piwa proszę /dva 'peeva 'prosheh/ - two beers please
gdzie jest ....? /'gje 'yest ..../ - where is ....?