Ask Jenny 10/29/2014


‘Ask Jenny’ is a series where you can ask me about our travels, logistics, parenting on the road, my life before travel, or whatever else you have a question about. I will post a call for your questions on Twitter and Facebook, or you can leave your question(s) here at the end of my post. In two weeks, I will write a post to answer one (or more) of them. The only rule I will have is that the questions be kind.


Since I was unable to write my ‘Ask Jenny’ post last week, I have decided to answer a couple of questions this week. So let’s get right into it!

Question #1:

From Bronwyn Joy at Journeys Of The Fabulist: If you were a mythical creature, which one would you be and why? What would Chad and Zoe be?

Chad would be a centaur, Zoē a fairy. Theirs came to me immediately… mine wasn’t so easy to think of, so I looked on the internet, because it always has answers for me. And the answers are ALWAYS true and correct. Lucky for me, I found this quiz from PlayBuzz that has opened my eyes to the mythical creature I am. Apparently I am a Siren. So there you go, that’s my family in mythical creatures. Thanks for the fun question Bronwyn!

Chad’s new profile picture… a Centaur. “Aratea 52v” by Unknown – Leiden University Library Website. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons..


Z would definitely be a fairy, especially one that loved the water.
Z would definitely be a fairy, especially one that loved the water.
The only picture I could find of a somewhat modest Siren… hmmm. Wonder if that means I am a closet nudist?
The Siren by John William Waterhouse (1900)” by John William Waterhouse – John William Waterhouse, 1900. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Question #2:

From my Aunt Cyndie: How do you handle language differences? Do you have an app that translates if necessary? A friend of mine has one for Spanish, so I wonder if you guys have one or some for the languages you run into. Is Zoe learning other languages?

This is a really good question! I have handled the language differences differently in every place that we have visited. For example, I was very surprised when we were in Portugal and not many people spoke English in the tourist area’s. I had (in my own small mindedness) assumed that English was prevalent throughout Europe, even if it was not the countries mother tongue. In the other European countries we visited there were many English speakers and it was pretty easy to get around.

In Europe, all we needed was the Google Translate app. It was able to correctly translate what we wanted to say.

In Asia, it has been pretty easy. In Taiwan, I was able to speak a little Mandarin that I remembered from when we previously lived there. Also, English is spoken by many, and the locals often would stop what they were doing to help us translate if we looked lost at a counter or something. The same goes for here in Thailand.

We don’t use an app for translation here because we haven’t found one that works well with Thai. The Google translations are usually comical and just leave both parties confused.

And now to answer the last part of your question, Zoë has learned a few phrases from each of the places that we have visited. Hello, good-bye, thank you, and maybe a couple of more. Here in Thailand she is learning quickly. The locals love talking to her, and our babysitter is Thai and speaks Thai to her often.


Now is your chance to ask me anything, leave a comment! Also, if you know of a good translator app, please let me know!

photo credit: sofi01 via photopin cc

  18 comments for “Ask Jenny 10/29/2014

  1. The Vanilla Housewife
    October 29, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Little Z is going to be a multi lingual by the time she’s 10 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      October 30, 2014 at 7:45 am

      I sure hope so! My goal is to be as well, but my learbing curve is a bit steeper since I’m old haha

  2. Patti Mitchell
    October 30, 2014 at 12:43 am

    So i took the quiz (i HAD to know what kind of mythical creature i am! ) and i got unicorn…i am complete. Thank you for opening my world to things like quizzes that tell you what mythical creature you are 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      October 30, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Oh I wish I had gotten something like a unicorn! Instead I get a nudist that seduces men to their death in the sea. Hmmmm…. Maybe Chad should be worried. Haha

  3. Sue Slaght
    October 30, 2014 at 4:20 am

    I think Zoe has the right idea. The more we travel the more I feel having some basic language of the country helps so very much. Just trying seems to bring out the best in locals.

    • andthreetogo
      October 30, 2014 at 7:50 am

      That is so true. I have found even when I almost literally butcher the language, the locals appreciate the effort. It opens a lot of doors, Z’s cuteness does as well, but we will say it’s my attempt at speaking the local language that really does it. 😉

  4. Cyndie Tobin
    October 30, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for the answers to my questions. 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      October 30, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      You are very welcome! Thanks for asking!

  5. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    October 30, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    You are a lovely Siren, clothes and all. 🙂 The Asian cultures sound so helpful regarding language! In Germany, I’d try to talk my German that I’d learned, and they ALWAYS answered me in English. Darn them. Spain was not so English prevalent. On a different note, thought I’d mention how we’re planning a trip, and we were seated separately AGAIN by Delta. Grrrr. So my husband called them, and he had to wheedle and guilt the phone person into changing our seating. One line, “Well, you’re five year old is technically over the age of 5 at date of travel…” As if that justifies that she doesn’t have to sit next to her parents? So they got her close to her mom, but my husband was 20 seats up the plane. He reminded the guy that I’d have an infant in arms and would need help with the kids. He begrudgingly put us in a group all together. This trip is three months away–not short notice. Rant over. Sorry. 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      October 30, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      Airlines in america are some of the worst I have taken. I haven’t taken a Delta flight. What they put you guys through is ludacris! Seriously, what a silly thing to do.
      Anyways, I have also run into that (where they answer back in English) quite often. Sometimes I think it is because they are trying to be helpful, others I think it is because they think I can only speak English so it doesn’t even register for them that I tried speaking their language.
      What part of Spain have you visited?

      • thehomeschoolingdoctor
        October 31, 2014 at 1:56 am

        Up and down the east coast of Spain. Loved it.

        • andthreetogo
          October 31, 2014 at 7:49 am

          We are thinking of visiting spain. We are really interested in Malaga.

          • thehomeschoolingdoctor
            October 31, 2014 at 6:11 pm

            We wanted to go to Malaga but didnt make it just quite that far South. Our favorite was up around Girona, although we stayed on the coast in a little town called Callella de Palafrugel (sp?). We went in May and it was just so lovely. But we also went another time. I think we made it down to Elche (sp?). Again on the coast. Loved it too. So much produce! Wine! Just good memories for us!

  6. Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
    November 7, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    A quiz! Ha. I’m the Siren as well:

    “You have won the hearts of many, but let’s face it, you play the field a bit. You are a little bit selfish and a bit of a control freak, but dang! You are insanely attractive. The ocean is the place you love most. Everything about it is alluring. Maybe it drew you in the same way you draw others in.”

    I’ll have to ask if this fits 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      November 7, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      Haha! We should start a support group. 🙂

      • Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
        November 7, 2014 at 9:41 pm

        For our victims? 😉

        • andthreetogo
          November 7, 2014 at 11:06 pm

          Pretty much… Meaning our husbands right?

          • Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
            November 8, 2014 at 1:12 am

            Exactly! 🙂

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