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This Language-Learning App Aims to Transform Your In-Flight Time

By next year, Drops will be in seat-back entertainment systems around the world. But will its new Travel Talk feature actually have you speaking like a local?

Finding the right phrase for a photo opp in France.

Finding the right phrase for a photo opp in France.

Source: Drops

Buenas noches; ¿cómo estás?; ¿eres de aquí?” Three phrases into a date in Barcelona, and things were going well. Then I blanked. A qué tea qué te… I’d forgotten how to ask “what do you do?” in Spanish. As I madly scrolled through the Drops language app on my phone, my date patiently sipped his beer. “Ummm, how about we just switch to English?” he said.

For the past two weeks, I’d been practicing Spanish, including both Latin American and Castilian dialects, on the Drops app, specifically testing out an early version of the platform’s just-launched feature called “Travel Talk.” According to a release which went out on Thursday morning, Travel Talk would teach me “essential words and phrases travelers need to get around,” thus bridging “the gap between casual language learning and fluency, allowing [travelers] to better connect with locals and immerse themselves in the culture of their destination.”