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LITTLE BOOK OFFERS BIG HELP WITH LANGUAGES

May 07, 2000|By Tricia Bishop

LITTLE BOOK OFFERS BIG HELP WITH LANGUAGES

No hables espanol?

With Universal Phrasebooks, es no problemo.

The mini-pocket guides give quick access to essential phrases that English-speaking tourists need for survival: "Donde estan los servicios?" (Where are the restrooms?), "Cuanto cuesta?" (How much does it cost?)

The books offer communication basics in organized sections: small talk, how to ask for directions, border etiquette and emergency information.

Editions are available in Spanish, French, Italian and German, and have 2,500 translated words and more than 1,000 phrases, along with sample sentences that tell you how to string them all together. In addition, the book includes phonetic spellings for easy pronunciation and a grammar guide, all in a 3-inch by 4-inch frame.

The $5.95 guides are available at most major bookstores.

Going mod

Britain opens national modern art gallery

When it opens to the public Friday, the Tate Gallery of Modern Art will be Britain's first national gallery of modern art. Located in a former power plant on the south bank of the River Thames in London, the Tate Modern will exhibit international works from masters such as Dali, Picasso, Matisse and Warhol, along with contemporary artists.

The imposing Bankside Power Station, opposite St. Paul's Cathedral and next to the Globe Theatre, has been converted into a huge exhibit space. The building will serve as a beacon for modern art in more ways than one: its 325-foot central tower is topped with glass and will be illuminated at night like a candle.

For information about the Tate Modern and the Tate's other collections, visit the museum's Web site at www.tate.org.uk.

Keeping fit on the road

Keeping in shape when traveling can be tough, especially if you don't know the area and don't have an exercise partner.

Enter sportsmatchonline.com. By pairing travelers with people in their destination cities who know the running routes or might be up for a game of tennis, the site offers a leg up on fitness away from home.

Members search potential partner listings by sport (everything from boccie to volleyball), age, location, skill level and gender, and then query potential partners by e-mail. You control how much information you disclose.

A basic membership is free, but the premium membership, which includes extra features, costs $30 a year.

Take a pass to the park

The National Park Service recently came to the conclusion that Americans need "stronger connections" to their national parks. So the agency now offers a National Park Pass. The $50 pass gets you into any of the 170 national parks that charge admission (there are 379 national parks total). Make three trips to Yosemite and you've saved $10.

The pass is valid for one year from the month of purchase, and is good for the entire family. It comes with a map of all the national parks, a decal for your car and an opportunity to sign up for the free NPS newsletter.

For information, call 888-467-2757.

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