not in the least fluent. in fact, picked up very little. I really struggle with the tonal Asian languages. was just there as a tourist. stop #1 on a RTW.
Pimsleur is perfect for commutes. my spanish went from nada to respectable pretty quickly in less than a month's time.
nice. i've been to hanoi and saigon on separate occasions, but didn't spend much more than a couple of days in either. i picked up thai pretty well, but i also had a lot longer to study it. tonal languages can be overwhelming at first.
luckily my emphasis will be on learning to read it fluently… which aligns with how i best learn.