Travel Warning: Pronunciation Counts

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A catering firm cautions that some words sound almost the same. If you say good in Greek, but get it a little wrong, you may be calling the person a squid. If you ask the waiter for jam in Portugal, you might accidentally be requesting a condom.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with advice for travelers.

When trying to speak a foreign language, mind your pronunciation. A catering firm warns that some words sound almost the same. If you say good morning in Greek, but get it a little wrong, you may be calling the person a calamari or squid. If you ask the waiter for jam in Portugal, you might accidentally be requesting a condom. And in France, if you say I am full, you may be understood to mean that you are pregnant.

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