- off-the-beaten-path /of th ee beet-n path/
- relish /REL-ish/
- piece of cake /pees ov keyk/
- alert /uh-LURT/
- aviation /ey-vee-EY-shuhn/
- gluten-free /GLOOT-n free/
[idiom] not known or popular with many people
My adventurous friend asked me to go somewhere off-the-beaten-path.
[verb] to like or enjoy something
I don’t relish the idea of working from home despite the convenience it brings us.
[idiom] something that is very easy to do
The assigned tasks were a piece of cake that I was able to finish in 1 hour.
[verb] to warn someone of a possibly dangerous situation
The police were alerted by someone that there was an ongoing hostage taking on the 7th street.
[noun] the activity of flying aircraft, or of designing, producing, and maintaining them
The aviation industry has decided to cancel a lot of flights due to the outbreak.
[adjective] containing no gluten
The new store located on the next street only sells gluten-free products.
If you have plans of visiting the Land of the Rising Sun, you would relish your trip more when you use these useful mobile applications to guide you whether you want to know the cinema or train schedules, check out places to visit, talk to your friends or even locals.
The Line is an application that most Japanese use to communicate with friends.
Unlike other countries, Facebook is not that popular in Japan as a means of communication. Creating a Line account is a piece of cake. All you have to do is to download the app, write your number, and find an ID. After this, you can now add your friends by QR code, their phone number, or by their ID. Aside from its convenience, Line has cute Japanese stamps, points for users to earn and spend, news, coupons, and a lot more cool stuff.
YureKuru is a very helpful application that alerts you a few seconds before an earthquake happens. It will also give some tips on what to do in case of an emergency. Once you open the app you will see a map showing all the places where an earthquake occurred during the day.
3. Google Maps
Google Maps provides thorough information about directions and geographical regions. It has been used by many people not just in Japan but around the world.
HyperDia is an application that shows the route and timetable of the railway and aviation in Japan.
5. Bus Navitime
If there’s an app for flight and railway schedule, Bus Navitime helps to check out bus schedules.
If you are looking for a place to travel around or a restaurant to dine, Yelp is the answer. It’s free, convenient to use, and offers gluten-free healthy selections.
7. Visit a City
Visit a City can be used offline to plan a trip. It helps create a personal travel guide that will make a trip more enjoyable.
This application is a local guide that helps you find the best places around a city. The app suggests places that are popular among locals and also helps you interact with people along the way.
PrintSmash is a very useful app when needed a hard copy of a document or a picture. Just download the app and go to a nearby convenience store, then you’ll have the copy in no time.
Aside from Google Translate, this app helps you learn a language that might help you to communicate in basic Japanese. Basic Japanese words like saying “thankyou” and “sorry” to a native speaker.
11. TDR Alert
If Tokyo Disneyland is included on your list, then this app is very helpful to check how long you need to wait for the attractions, what attractions are available, and what is not. It also has information about a parade, restaurants, and many more.
- What application lets you add friends by using QR code?
- What is the online navigator mentioned in the article that is popular not only in Japan but also in the world?
- In the article, how do you use the PrintSmash?
- What application is almost similar to Google Translate?
- What application should we use if we want to know the unavailable attractions in Disneyland?
- In your own opinion, why is Facebook not a popular means of communication in Japan?
- Do you think these apps are really helpful when you travel or live in Japan? Why or why not?
- How convenient are mobile applications nowadays? Explain your answer.
- Given the benefits of mobile applications, are there any disadvantages to it? Explain your answer.
- If you would create your own mobile app, what would it be and why?