Sprechen sie English?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

We came to Tel-Aviv's Ben Gurion airport late. We were impatient to meet our Vorkuta, a cold arctic city, friend. He offered to come and meet us at the airport, but we rented a car with a GPS, so I told him I was coming.

Boy, was I naïve…

GPS was in silent mode. Well, I did not really care. We have chosen English as our preferred language, and I typed the address in English.

The results came back in Hebrew. A few addresses that came back in English were not even in the area.

And I do not know a word of Hebrew.

We ended up having our friend to come to the airport and we followed him to his condo.

Next day my niece figured out how to give GPS a voice. It started talking, however, it spoke German. Even though we were consistently choosing English.

We figured that the only way for us to move around was having the addresses both in English and Hebrew. This was we were able to make sure we could find the address in Hebrew.

Interestingly, we were still able to find places, to meet our relatives, and to navigate in those places we were driving to and from.

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Kat Palmiotti
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Now that must have been quite the experience! I wonder if the map apps on our phones would be useful in a foreign country..?

Nov 20, 2018 02:50 AM #1
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Kat Palmiotti - tried that too. The problem with Israel is that you do not know how the name of a location is spelled in the map. They may have many variants of spelling it, and you need to match what is in the map app. I needed Rishon LeZion, a big city close to Tel Aviv by Israeli standards, and while driving from the airport I counted at least  4 different versions of spelling reading the road signs. My cousin insisted that he lived on A-Hayal Street, and no program was finding it. The spelling that was in the app was HaHayil. Go figure

Nov 20, 2018 04:51 AM #2
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Technology is a wonderful thing, Jon. . .Until it isn't!  Different languages and cultures can lead us astray when we are on foreign ground!

Nov 20, 2018 05:55 AM #3
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Looks like the Western Wall but not sure. I am always amazed at the devotion.

Nov 20, 2018 07:12 AM #4
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Myrl Jeffcoat - what surprises us are small things, that we did not even think about. GPS in Israel is one of those things

Nov 21, 2018 05:49 AM #5
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Joe Pryor - you are correct, the Western Wall it is

Nov 21, 2018 05:50 AM #6
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Jon, I have always wanted to visit Israel. I believe I will put it on my bucket list.

Nov 26, 2018 10:27 AM #7
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Mike Frazier - I believe it is worth it. I want to go there again, this time with a heavy emphasis on touring the country and less touring relatives :)

Nov 27, 2018 07:32 AM #8
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Good to know Jon.  I think I should have paid more attention when I was in Hebrew school.

Dec 12, 2018 06:51 AM #9
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Gabe Sanders - wow. I wasn't. I do not even know Yiddish, which my mom knew very well. I asked her to teach me, but she was afraid of anything associated with being Jewish to affect my life.

It still affected, though I, pretty much, was a Jew only by passport, not by religion or upbringing

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That's wonderful that you made it to Israel. I'm assuming it was your first trip. Hope you had a wonderful time and yes, try to take in the sights next time.

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Jill Sackler - Thank you. And yes, it was our first visit there. We did not have a plan to tour Israel, I have dozens of relatives, and it was a visit to them. And I was driving back and forth, and yet met practically everybody on our very extensive list. And while doing it, I fell in love with Israel.

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