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The Most Important Phrase to Know When Visiting Costa Rica

Where: Costa Rica
July 23, 2014 at 10:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

First-time visitors to Costa Rica will notice a particular saying that flows from the lips of every local, one that seems to be very flexible in terms of its use and meaning.

Pura Vida (pronounced POO-rah VEE-dah) literally means "Pure Life," but the meaning of the phrase goes well beyond its simply translation. In fact, it has many loose translations to go along with its direct one. Practically, it is used as a salutation, farewell, thank you, descriptor, and state of being. More contextually, it represents the idea of living a peaceful, uncluttered existence amongst nature, family, and friends, and that life, no matter how much or how little you have, is wonderful.

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Aussie Slang 101: The 21 Words to Know for a Trip Down Under

Where: Australia
February 24, 2014 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you've been lucky enough to head Down Under, you know well that Australia most definitely speaks their own version of English. You've also likely found that the Aussie lexicon contains an innumerable variety of slang terms used on an everyday basis. For tourists or any sort of non-local, however, these terms may take some repeating and explaining.

For those of you who've not yet taken that long flight down to Oz, allow us to highlight some of our favorite colloquialisms. And, even if you're a regular to the continent, you might pick up a few new sayings to throw out during dinner with new Aussie friends.

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Watch Travelers Try to Pronounce Ultra-Difficult City Names

March 13, 2013 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

"Hard to say, easy to fly." That's the title of a rather clever little video from the folks at Turkish Airlines.

All around Istanbul, Turkish Airlines has found people willing to give it a go at the pronunciations of Turkish Airlines' more exotic destinations, like Guangzhou, in China.

The video is a bit like Jay Leno's "Jaywalking" segments where the audience laughs at the cluelessness of the average person, when, most likely, they themselves also have no idea. We even admit to having no idea how to go about voicing a few of these cities. As one can imagine, it helps if you've been there (the case for Ljubljana, Leipzig & Guangzhou for us).

You know who would definitely have to know how to pronounce all of these city names? The people at Istanbul Airport, who announce airline departures to them!

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Word Lens for iPhone Totally Has the Potential to Be Travel App of the Year 2011

December 20, 2010 at 5:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

Alright, admit it: you're obsessed with the new Word Lens iPhone app too. If not, you're about to be.

Word Lens is a free app to start, and what it does is uses the camera on your iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 to instantly manipulate words. In the free version, the app reverses the words right on screen, or erases them completely—your choice. If you pony up $4.99 each, you can upgrade to a Spanish to English or English to Spanish dictionary, which provides the magical instantaneous translation of (clear) words viewed by your phone's camera. We held it up to a Kindle, and a page of Spanish literature, to demonstrate above. The real thing is on the left, and at right is how the Kindle appears in our iPhone camera, with the Word Lens translation.

Note that it's not perfect, but it works best for reading simpler things, like menus at a Mexican restaurant or directions.

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The Bra That Welcomes You in Three Languages, Only in Japan

Where: Japan
November 11, 2010 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Would you pay more attention to your tour guide if she was wearing a bustier that literally spoke to you? The Japanese hope so, as a lingerie company has just unveiled the "Welcome to Japan bra," based on the design of a regular tour guide uniform but oh so more revealing.

The bustier is part of a big push for Japan to attract 30 million foreign tourists each year, says the Sydney Morning Herald, and it even commemorates the opening of Haneda Airport's new International Terminal by affixing an airplane on a white bra strap, like a runway (you can just barely see this at the top of the image).

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Delta in Need of a Few Good Bilingual Flight Attendants

October 18, 2010 at 5:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Delta might not have the fun factor of JetBlue or Virgin America, but they sure fly to a lot more destinations. So if you’ve ever dreamt of being a global flight attendant now might be a great time to consider a career up in the air with Delta. It’s more than just serving drinks and reviewing safety information, and you might just need to shell out some cash for a copy of Rosetta Stone.

Make sure you have some pretty strong stuff on your resume, because since Delta opened their website in search of new flight attendants they’ve received over 80,000 applications. The carrier is bringing back some workers from furlough, but they’re still looking for even more new blood for their crew. Now’s the time to update that LinkedIn profile you forgot about, and to delete those embarrassing pictures off that other social network.

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Rosetta Stone Busts into the Airport Vending Machine Game

Where: Orlando International Airport [map], Orlando, FL, United States
June 21, 2010 at 4:55 PM | by | Comments (2)

We've seen vending machines at airports peddling everything from Kosher food to gold bars, and yet this Rosetta Stone vending machine at Orlando International Airport completely took us by surprise last weekend.

It makes perfect sense to be selling the expensive (but comprehensive) language learning courses at an airport, but why in the terminal with the flights from Southwest and Jetblue? They aren't exactly flying to Europe or Asia or anything. That said, these are selling as when we passed back by this machine on our flight out of MCO, we noticed that a few more languages had sold out.

Would you buy a language learning course from an airport vending machine like this?Let us know in comments below!

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· Keeping Kosher at JFK [Jaunted]
· Airport News [Jaunted]

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Five Great Phrases For Swearing Your Way Through Italy

December 3, 2009 at 2:09 PM | by | Comments (2)

In this day and age, travelers just have to realize that the blah, formal phrases in pocket guidebooks just won't do anymore. Words like "please" and "no, thank you" won't magically restore order to a mob trying to board a European LCC flight, and they sure won't stop a touchy-feely fellow passengers on public transportation. So we're here to help you out with a bit of dirty dialect, for special occasions of course.

Today's Lesson: Five Essential Italian Phrases

1. What the hell are you talking about? = Che cazzo stai dicendo?
We'd be tempted to use this in our daily life outside of Italy, but within it's truly indispensable. Using this phrase is how you deal with someone trying to confuse you with a flow of Italian. Set a stalling waiter straight, shake off the inevitable scam artists hanging around the Vatican, and have it ready for playful fights with your friends or the parking ticket officer.
[rough pronunciation: kay kahtz-oh sty dee-chen-doe]

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Hilarious Travel: Signspotting 2.0 Launches

May 9, 2008 at 1:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

The notoriously hilarious website Signspotting has just relaunched, featuring even more photos of ridiculous Chinglish, poorly worded bathroom placards and unfortunately named restaurants. (Dinner at Phat Phuc Noodle Bar, anyone?) The revamped site now lets you rate every sign, making it into a veritable Hot or Not for semioticians.

It can also net you some travel cash. Every week, site photo editor Doug Lansky sifts through dozens of entries to pick the best sign and pays the photographer $50, just like that. Really awesome signs can even earn round-the-world tickets on Star Alliance; so far six have been awarded and Lansky hopes to hand out another next month.

In the meantime, he's organizing an exhibition in Stockholm of some of the best Signspotting has to offer. The outdoor show in Kungsträdgården Park runs July 5-20.

Related Stories:
· Signspotting [Official Site]
· Signspotting Exhibit [Official Site]
· Chinglish coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: Signspotting]

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Your iPod Says "Guten Tag"

May 2, 2008 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Back in high school German classes, we were handed a weighty dictionary and a grammar-heavy textbook and left to fend for ourselves. Trust us, it didn't help when we finally got to Germany. If only we'd had iPods back then, we could have downloaded the new iPod phrasebooks from Collins publishers.

The new "digital phrasebooks" come in all the main western European languages, plus Polish and Mandarin, and come July, they'll add Japanese, Turkish and Finnish to the mix. For less than $10, you can see and hear 500 useful phrases that really are useful: from "Where can I charge my cell phone?" to "Is there a danger of avalanche?"

If you're not convinced, they even let you start off with a free demo--we checked the German one and it had basic phrases all the way up to "This is my partner." Seems they've got everything covered.

Related Stories:
· Collins Launch Digital Phrasebooks [Business Traveller]
· Lingolook Flashcards [Jaunted]
· Languages coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: cdharrison]

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Tongue Twister Town Names in Ireland

Where: Dingle, Ireland
April 30, 2008 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's a hot destination in Ireland that we haven't been to yet, but want to check out: Dingle. Doesn't the name alone make you want to visit this town in County Kerry, in the pretty southwest corner of Ireland? A recent decision could've made it very hard to find Dingle, but there's been a change of heart.

You see, changes to Irish language laws meant that the anglicized name of Dingle should actually have been changed back to its original Irish name of An Daingean. But many locals were concerned that the good reputation Dingle has with tourists--they say because of the landscape, we say because it's a silly name--would be lost, and with it, much of the town's revenue.

So in the friendly spirit of the Irish they've made a compromise. The official name of the town is now Dingle Daingean Ui Chuis. Nice choice, guys. We can really see that fitting nicely on a map.

Related Stories:
· Irish Town Wins Battle [AFP]
· Ireland Travel coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: khoogheem]

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Travel Snapshots: F.A.R.T. in Treviso

Where: Treviso, Italy
April 15, 2008 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

No Italian prostitutes fell victim to hit and run accidents this week in Treviso and we owe it all to clearly marked road signs. But not so clear is the neon sign atop a warehouse just past prostitue alley. It simply reads F.A.R.T. Spa.

Neither a day spa nor a place that freely promotes flatulence, the dingy building actually houses Europe's leading manufacturer of transformers for neon technology.

F.A.R.T. (Fabbrica Apparecchiature Radioelettriche Treviso), has posted the secret to its international success on its website: It's a combo of a family-owned "special formula" and "patented vacuum sealing system." Heh.

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[Photo: Bryan]