After all that planning, you’re finally on that trip of your dreams, far away from your home country. Your keep your passport handy during your actual travels because you’ll need it for Customs and other travel-related things. But now you’re getting ready to go out and about as a tourist and you pause for a second…should you bring your passport with you? Or should you leave it somewhere secure in the room?
A while back we posted about a company you can use while traveling so you can safely store your luggage for a few hours. It sounded like a great idea, except for the fact that it was only limited to 3 cities around the world.
Luggage Hero has since expanded to 6 cities (still NYC, London, and Copenhagen but now also Madrid, Lisbon and Barcelona), but we’ve found another company that gives you a place to store your stuff for the day that has availability virtually all over the world.
So a new app came out not all that long ago. It’s called Sexy Lingo and, based on the name alone, it shouldn’t be surprising that it’s powered by, you guessed it, YouPorn. Yes, THAT YouPorn.
The goal of the app, which is free, is to learn how to talk, flirt and, *cough,* go beyond that, in your choice of 4 languages, with four progressive themes of interactive lessons.
I guess this way if you’re from an English-speaking country and you’re in France or Brazil or Mexico, you can have a conversation with that hot person across the room and go beyond “Le stylo est bleu” (the pen is blue), “O menino é feliz” (the boy is happy) or “Me gusta el queso” (I like cheese).
Anyway, in the name of research, after making sure my VPN was turned on and working, I set up an ID on the site. Here’s what it was like – and no worries…I promise I will keep it all squeaky clean ;-).
Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
Joe and I have traveled to several countries where English was not the native tongue. Joe took Latin in school so his ability to translate is limited, but I took Spanish for 8 years, which helped when we went to Cuba in 2016, and immersed myself in Japanese In 10 Minutes A Day back in the mid-90s, which helped quite a bit the very first time I visited there.
Over the years we’ve noticed less and less need to learn much of other languages when traveling. If you have internet access, there are plenty of ways to get translation on the fly, and even without data access, there are offline apps, plus miming can go a long way, or you can even wear clothing that will help with the basic of basics.
That being said, it still helps immensely to have a little bit of knowledge under your belt of the language of the country you’re going to visit, even if it’s just a limited yes, no, thank-you, you’re welcome, I’m sorry, the numbers 1-100 and the “question” words of who, what, why, where, when and how. Obviously, for such limited words or phrases, you may not want to spend a fortune. Fortunately, there’s an online series of courses that can teach you close to 40 languages, and they’re FREE! And besides the typical Spanish, German, etc., you know what else they teach?
Klingon and High Valyriand.
I see your eyes lighting you, travel friends who are nerds on the side ;-)/