UPDATED APRIL 13, 2020
While you're stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, here's something you can do to enrich your future travels exponentially: Learn a new language.
To give you some incentive, Frommer's is partnering with Gabriel Wyner, author of Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It, to provide Frommer's readers with two months of free access to the Fluent Forever mobile app, a subscription service that would ordinarily cost you $9.99 per month.
During the Covid-19 lockdown, however, your first 60 days of using the Fluent Forever app are free when you enter the coupon code FROMMERS.
The app is an extension of Wyner's best-selling book, which has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, and elsewhere. It teaches language by using a four-step method involving pronunciation exercises, image-based vocab flash cards, story-centric grammar, and strategic repetition.
The system is designed to get you thinking in the other language rather than drilling it into your brain by rote. Wyner developed the method when he was an opera singer tasked with interpreting the polyglot libretti of the world's great musical works.
Languages you can currently learn via Fluent Forever include French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, with more to come.
When you are finally able to travel again, we promise that your trip to another country will be so much more rewarding if you know how to say something other than, "Where is the bathroom?"