Holiday Tip #3 is a must-have for all travelers with an iPhone.
Picture this: Lunch time in Finland. Shall we sample the kaalikääryleet or the mykyrokka?
Unless you speak Finnish, you might point to one and let fate decide. But if you’re not a big fan of blood dumpling soup (mykyrokka), you may find yourself in a sticky situation (literally).
Finnish, while potentially difficult to learn, at least has the advantage that the letters are recognizable to English-speakers. You can look them up in your guidebook. But try finding the right subway stop in Polish, reading a roadside warning in Greek, or choosing the correct bathroom in Russian.
That’s where your iPhone comes in, with the PicTranslator app. You point your iPhone at a word or group of words (like on a sign or a menu), take a photo, and PicTranslator translates the image for you.
Currently, it can translate between English and 16 different languages, with audio pronunciations of five of them.
You can find PicTranslator in Apple’s App Store, and you’ll need Internet access for it to work.
Note: You may need iPhone’s PicTranslator app to help you translate Finnish and Greek. But you won’t need translation software in Ecuador when you join us there next February for our popular Photography & Spanish Immersion Expedition. The hardest part about learning a new language is conjugating verbs. But with our Super-Learning Spanish program, you never have to conjugate a verb.
In this workshop, we pair the musical tempo found in certain Baroque music with a formula that will automatically “convert” thousands of English words into Spanish. In just four days you’ll be able to learn and recall over 4,000 words and you’ll master a proven method for communicating effectively without ever conjugating verbs. It’s amazing.
Last year, attendees (who didn’t speak a lick of Spanish when they arrived) were bargaining in the markets with the best of them, asking questions in Spanish and rattling off prices.
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