Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Language Assistance For Cruisers

An iPod® has become an almost must-have device in today's world. You see them everywhere and they are especially useful when traveling. With an iPod®, you can tune out the crying baby in row 22 when flying to your cruise port and then enjoy your favorite music while relaxing in a quiet deck chair.

Now you can put your iPod® to even more practical use with programs from Living Language, the foremost name in the field of foreign language self-study. Living Language's iKnow series turns your video-compatible iPod® or your iPhone™ device into a pocket translator, allowing you to hear and see more than 1500 essential words, phrases, and conversations. You simply upload the iKnow files to a video-compatible iPod® device, and you can listen to and see foreign language expressions and English translations. A convenient navigation menu allows you to quickly find the phrases you need, and there’s plenty of repetition to perfect your pronunciation. Whether you want to order dinner in a restaurant or ask for directions, iKnow enables you to learn the basics and communicate easily without looking like a tourist with a dictionary in hand. Instead, you'll look techno-cool.

Key features:
• You can see and hear all the essential words and phrases you need, including conversations
• Topics include greetings and polite expressions, asking directions, meeting people, ordering in a restaurant, and more
• Includes a pocket-sized user's guide and a complete online PDF transcript of all the content

iKnow works on any video-compatible iPod® nano, iPod® classic, iPod® touch, and iPhone™ device and is currently available in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish, with more on the way.

I wish iKnow Italian had been loaded on my iPod® when sailing on Costa Fortuna last month and I've already ordered it for my upcoming MSC Orchestra cruise. The next time I sail from Miami, I'll have iKnow Spanish as well.

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