PHOTO: The Tandem Traveler is a language program designed with the traveler in mind. (Photo courtesy Kickstarter/The TandemTraveler)
One thing that would make travel absolutely perfect is acquiring a simple and effective tool to learn languages from other countries.
While you may not be able to master a language in a matter of weeks or months before each and every trip, one budding app hopes to give you the tools to get by as a tourist.
Co-founder Dan Sundberg spoke to the impetus of the design, via press release: “All the travel specific content was basically just lists of words, and all the mobile language apps taught us things we, frankly, didn’t need for a 2-week trip.”
Sundberg continues on exactly why travelers may like this program: “We were frustrated spending countless hours on verb conjugation, when we just wanted to know how to order dinner.”
For so many of us, we simply want to peruse the local market, order something from a cart or find the best attraction in town.
While a grasp of the language is needed to wade through taxis, diners, bars and markets, you don’t exactly have to be fluent to enjoy speaking with locals.
As of this writing, the campaign has 22 days to go and has reached just over $8,000 of its $50,000 goal. You can pledge any amount. However, $20 will get you four-month access for one language enthusiast – a savings of 50 percent off the retail.
According to the campaign, the money will go into coding for an app that will help travelers using either iOS or Android devices.
As for the languages we can hope to learn, the first $50,000 will go to offering an Italian solution. Every $25,000 after that will incorporate coding for another language. The hope is to have the likes of Spanish and German follow French.
If successful, travelers will have a tool that helps learn the kind of language for casual conversation, dealing with numbers, traversing public transportation and, most importantly, getting fed.
Perhaps, we may just be able to look a local in their eye and order something delicious with what is presumably badly pronounced phrases, and that would be something truly special!