Us Brits have a reputation for not learning foreign languages. To help change perceptions, London City Airport has published handy guides to encourage holidaymakers to use the local lingo this summer.
The guides, available free of charge, champion a new system developed by the airport called 5G – Greet, Go, Get, Goods and Great - to help users remember key words and phrases in categories relevant to their travels. 5G is available in four languages, representing the key leisure destinations served from London City Airport – Spain, Portugal, France and Italy.
A spokesperson for London City Airport said: 'The 5G system means you don’t need to waste time leafing through foreign dictionaries to build a sentence, or trying to learn hundreds of phrases and having to remember them under pressure. The system is simple so you can learn a handful of key words to get by on holiday and the videos are designed to help with practicing pronunciation.
“Simply saying 'beer' in a high-pitched tone with your eyebrows raised into your hairline doesn’t cut it anymore. It can be tempting to stick to English when you’re out of your comfort zone but successfully communicating in a foreign language can give a real sense of achievement. We encourage holidaymakers to push themselves this summer and try a few 5G phrases."
Printed 5G phrase books are available free of charge from the information desk in the airport terminal. The video tutorials can be viewed at www.londoncityairport.com/learnthelingo. The book can also be downloaded from the website.
London City Airport (LCY) is the only London airport situated in London itself, just three miles from Canary Wharf, seven miles from the City and 10 miles from London’s West End and linked to all via the Docklands Light Railway. LCY offers a unique rapid transit proposition – a short check in (door to lounge) of around 20 minutes, and a shorter arrival (tarmac to train) of around 15 minutes. 10 airlines fly out of LCY, serving more than 40 mainly European destinations. The airport has permission to increase its operation to 120,000 movements per annum – carrying 6 million passengers - which it intends to do by 2023. Further information about the airport and its services can be found on this website or on Twitter.
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