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Thank goodness for the two years of German class I took in high school. Never mind the fact that I forgot most of what I learned, but I did remember the essentials (Kennst du Heike?) during my vacation in Germany. It would have been nice if I had better command of the language though. Guess back then I was too busy listening to The Cure (on cassette) or watching recordings of 90210 on my VCR, instead of studying proper German verb conjugation.

If you are preparing for a trip that takes you to a country where another language is spoken, the BBC's Quick Fix site is the place for you.



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BBC Quick Fix

Quick Fix covers 36 languages, and has audio clips of useful phrases, available in MP3 format. This is handy if you have an iPod or iPhone, download the audio clips and take them with you on your trip. You can also print out selected phrases. [Source: LifeHacker.com ]

Tip: If you take your iPhone (or any other smartphone) with you, check the details of your data plan. Accessing the Internet or using data on your phone in other countries without using the proper international data plan can get very expensive. Check with your provider. If you need Internet access, you can always look for places that have Wi-Fi (if your phone has this feature) or look for an Internet cafe. When I went to Germany, I did not use Internet on my iPhone, but I did add the international calling plan.

Speaking of Germany, here are more photos from my trip:

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View from the Rhine River, on the way to Rüdesheim

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This is the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (main station).