Yes, the translator apps are great and help out in a pinch.
I notice how easy it is for some people to acquire a new language when they have a flair for it. I have enough problems remembering English. The Chinese words that I do remember have been associated with images. For example, a soup that I will never forget sounds like “lots o fun”. The problem is with many words sounding almost identical precise phonic expression is critical. So I can get away with lots o fun in a soup joint with a limited menu but without the associated context, it would not pass muster.
India is amazing.
Always good to hear success stories 🙂