Learn a new language in-flight
The airline plans to roll out in-flight tuition programs for 20 languages.
LONDON, England -- First it was in-flight radio, then came television programs and video on demand. Now, interactive language tuition is coming to an airline cabin near you.
On your next flight with Singapore Airlines (SIA) you will be able to choose from learning programs covering 11 languages. Courses include numbers, dates, phrases and dialogue.
This month, the Asian airline will be one of the first carriers in the world to offer language tutorials on its in-flight entertainment system -- KrisWorld.
"The new language learning service is designed to equip [passengers] with a practical grasp of a foreign language through the use of key words and phrases," says Betty Wong from Singapore Airlines' in-flight services.
SIA has teamed up with American language school Berlitz International to offer crash courses in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Russian, Portuguese, Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese.
There are a number of games and a pronunciation function to facilitate learning in a fun, interesting way. There are also a number of self-tests.
Those who complete a course get e-mailed a certificate. From late 2005, more than 20 languages will be introduced.
The service was started in July 2004, but only on a small number of SIA aircraft flying from New York and Los Angeles to Singapore.
According to Singapore's Straits Times newspaper, the service is now available on more than two-thirds of the Singapore Airlines fleet of 90 aircraft.
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