Tokyo, Tuesday November 15: JAL has added an interactive foreign language-learning course to its in-flight entertainment programming enabling passengers to study the language of their destination - or other countries - as they fly.
The language course is the interactive `Berlitz Word Traveler', which contains 22 languages with course instruction provided in 19 languages. Language courses are available for Arabic, Dutch, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese（Traditional）, English, French, German, Greek, Hindu, Indonesia, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Malay, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.
Each language course covers essential vocabulary and useful phrases presented under the four main lesson headings of numbers, dates, words and dialog. Passengers can learn, for example, how to count, tell the time, and ask and answer basic questions, in addition to learning a wide variety of travel-related vocabulary covering such topics as food and accommodation. Passengers will have fun throughout their foreign language learning experience playing language-related games, taking mini tests, and checking their pronunciation.
`Berlitz Word Traveler' is available in all classes on JAL international flights equipped with MAGIC III - JAL's latest in-flight entertainment system. Installation of `Berlitz Word Traveler' onto all such flights was completed at the end of October 2005.
JAL's MAGIC entertainment system offers personal video, music, and games including up to 17 channels of the latest movies and features, some 11 games, and 20 channels of audio entertainment including the latest pop to classical selection. On certain flights the MAGIC in-flight entertainment system also contains AVOD (audio/video on demand) technology, giving passengers the freedom to start and stop movies, music or other programs at any point and at any time.
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