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Published: Saturday June 14, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday June 14, 2014 MYT 7:51:07 AM

App for a foot in to Brazil

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A new digital travel guide has been designed for visitors to help them make the most of their experience there. -AFP photo

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A new digital travel guide has been designed for visitors to help them make the most of their experience there. -AFP photo

Digital travel guide makes it easier to move around in Brazil for World Cup fans.

A NEW digital travel guide has been created for Brazil-bound tourists that includes audio translations of Portuguese phrases that will be especially useful for World Cup fans.

Some of the most useful phrases World Cup fans may want to add to their vernacular, for example?

Bem gelada a term visitors may want to tack on when ordering beer (cerverja) as it means “ice cold”.

Recipes for Visiting Brazil World Cup (http://fluentglobe.com/travel-recipes) provides tips on how to get a server’s attention (say oi); find the right caixa eletronico or ATM that will perform cash withdrawals (look for the word saques); and the difference between Spanish pastel (cake) and the savoury, deep-fried snack in Brazil.

Likewise, it provides audio translations of phrases in Portuguese, a language that can be difficult to decode phonetically without basic language lessons.

For example, the “o” sound can be difficult to master as it has a nasal sound. The e-book provides a quick primer on correct pronunciations.

The guide is pitched as a more practical version of a mobile phone app, which can rack up roaming charges when WiFi is unavailable.

Divided into two parts, the first provides an overview of the country’s food, culture and tourist information of the 12 host cities, while the second part acts as a language book.

Meanwhile, the country’s official tourism office released a mobile app Brazil Mobile Experience (https://itunes.apple.com/br/app/brasil-experience-mobile/id723939066?mt=8) designed to allow users to archive and share their favourite moments during their stay.

Fodor’s also offers digital versions of its travel guides for Rio de Janeiro (https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/rio-de-janeiro-fodors-travel/id744266034?l=fr&mt=8) and Sao Paulo (https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/sao-paulo-fodors-travel/id744266099?l=fr&mt=8) on iOS devices.

”Recipes for Visiting Brazil” is available on iBook for US$12 (RM38.50), And there will be a companion phone app. – AFP Relaxnews

Tags / Keywords: Travel, Lifestyle, travel, World Cup, football, app, holiday

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