Meet Waygo Fans Helen & Alan

Meet Helen and Alan. We found out about them and their epic journey from London to Vietnam after they wrote us some feedback (commercial break: do you have feedback? We’d love to hear it! Send it to and pointed us to their blog post about Waygo and how it has helped them from going hungry while in China and Taiwan. We were so excited to hear about the role Waygo played during their travels that we asked them to write a guest post for the Waygo Blog, which you’ll find below. Their blog is absolutely incredible, giving an amazing view into the uniqueness of each place they travel. Go. Check. It. Out. Now!

Here’s what they wrote for us about their biking trip in Taiwan:



Read more about Heln & Alan’s cycling adventures down the eastern coast of Taiwan on their blog.

After many days cycling up the East Coast of Taiwan from Taitung to Hualien, we diverted inland with our bikes for a few days of rest and relaxation by Liyu Lake. The whole bike ride had been incredibly scenic with the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean to our right and the lush green mountains to our left. The guesthouses we had stopped at on the way had been small family businesses where we were warmly greeted and well looked after. At one guesthouse we had been invited to share tea with the family elders even though we had no language in common at all. Time and again we were struck by just how welcoming people in Taiwan were to us. 


Liyu Lake. Photo credit: Helen & Alan

Our time at Liyu Lake was no different to these wonderful experiences of the previous few days. We were well looked after at the guesthouse and given the most delicious breakfast each day. During the day we lazily strolled around the lake admiring the bountiful colourful butterflies fluttering all around as. Come dinner time we would venture down to the main strip of shops to see what was on offer to eat there. 

There was one restaurant in particular we came to like, unfortunately I cannot recall its name. Once more the welcoming nature of the Taiwanese to us foreigners was in action here. The menu was entirely in Chinese, so it was time to get my phone out to get Waygo on the case. The man who ran the restaurant was so patient with us while we fumbled our way through the menu. He seemed curious to have these two random British people turn up in his restaurant and we made some limited conversation with his broken English and our pretty rubbish Chinese.


Waygo helps Helen & Alan learn what they were eating was Taro. Photo credit: Maya83

We came across one option that Waygo translated as “Taro.” We had no idea what this was, but through some hand gestures established it wasn’t fish or animal so gave it a go. Turns out taro is a root vegetable which they had deep fried with a peppery batter. We have had it since in other places, so Waygo was translating properly for us, but we were just ignorant as to what it was it was telling us! The other find for us in this restaurant was papaya milk. This is a papaya whizzed up in a blender with some milk and a bit of sugar. This soon became my favourite thing in Taiwan and when we were back in Taipei I was consuming it on a near daily basis. I do miss papaya milk!


Thank you so much for your guest post, Alan & Helen. We owe you a round of papaya milks!


Cheers! Photo credit: Aries0112

Announcing Korean & Vertical Text

Attention 친구 (chingu), A.K.A. friends!

If you haven’t seen it already, Waygo now translates Korean. So those of you who live in China and Japan, it’s time to start planning your vacation to Korea!











You might have also noticed some major design improvements. If not, head to the app store right now to update to version 4.01!

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IMG_5587For quite a while, Waygo’s #1 most requested additional feature was the ability to read vertical text and we cannot be more thrilled to announce this addition! This also means that, unfortunately, you cannot get out of parking tickets by blaming Waygo’s inability to read vertical text—”I’m sorry officer, I didn’t know you couldn’t park here…your signs only feature vertical text.”




Another requestedIMG_5588 feature was the ability to translate photos from your library. To use this feature, select the photo mode and then select your photo.







In order to pique your curiosity to try out Waygo’s newest language first-hand, we’ve included some fun facts about South Korea:

1) Similar to astrological horoscopes in most of the world, blood types are believed to determine personality traits in Korea. Learn more here.

2) Baseball  teams aren’t named after cities, but after corporations. What team are you gonna choose—the Samsung Lions, the Kia Tigers, or the Hyundai Unicorns? As one of South Korea’s most popular past times, baseball games in Korea also feature cheerleaders, and instead of getting a ball game hot dog, consider ordering a kimbob (similar to sushi) or octopus.

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Kimbob, field side. Photo Credit: Korean Resource Center

3) South Korea is the only nation that is completely broadband connected, at 100Mb.

4) South Korea is home to the largest church in the world. Although not the largest building, Yoido Full Gospel Church has the largest congregation with close to one million members. On any given Sunday, about 200,000 people will attend one of the seven services, and an additional couple hundred thousands more will tune in online or TV.

5) In Korea, a baby is one year old at birth, instead of zero as in most other cultures. To make matters even more complicated, after the New Year passes everyone in Korea automatically ages one year, even if they haven’t had their actual birthday yet. For example: if a baby is born on December 31, it’d be one year old, and after January 1, that same baby will turn two. In the U.S., the baby would only be 2 days old, but in Korea, the baby is already 2 years old!


Do you have any more feature requests? We’d love to hear them! Send them our way at

A Movie Date with Waygo

Waygo recently caught a flick at the U.S.’s oldest continuously run theater, the Roxie. Opened in San Francisco in 1909 and still running, the Roxie “exists to showcase the best/coolest/raddest/true-ist/funniest/trippiest/fake-ist movies of the past, present and future!”


Photo credit: Thomas Hawk

Photo credit: Thomas Hawk

The movie? As a language enthusiast, it only makes sense that Waygo chose a language-centric film, Tongues of Heaven. Filmmaker Anita Chang was in person at the theater to introduce the film and run a Q & A session afterwards. Here’s the summary: “Set in Taiwan and Hawai‘i, territories where languages of the Austronesian family are spoken, this experimental documentary focuses on the questions, desires and challenges of young indigenous peoples to learn the languages of their forebears— languages that are endangered or facing extinction.”

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Although it’s apparent that more and more people learn to speak the same second languages, it was still surprising to learn how many languages are disappearing. The film certainly got our wheels turning—Why is it so important to speak your mother tongue in this very global world that we now live in? What does a culture lose when it loses its native language? What are the downsides of  language homogenization? Although we don’t have all the answers, we believe language preservation is important, and that with the disappearance of language, thousands of cultures and traditions will be lost as well (not to mention that Waygo will be out of a job if the world only spoke one language!)

As the film was funded in part by National Geographic, Waygo was curious to learn more about National Geographic’s involvement with language preservation. After some Googling, Waygo discovered National Geographic’s “Enduring Voices” a project aimed to document endangered languages and prevent language extinction. Enduring Voices is just one of many movements around the globe to preserve these languages, so we encourage you to do some research if this topic is interesting to you!

Cheers to the world’s unique and unheard of languages, and may the world fight so they are spoken in the future,

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P.S. We cannot write a blog post about the movies without mentioning our 500 Startups batchmate, Dealflicks. Haven’t heard of them? Check them out and save big on your next movie date!

Chinatown, Hawaiian Style

If you find yourself on Hawaii’s Oahu island and you’re in need of a China fix, head Downtown to Honolulu’s Chinatown, one of the oldest Chinatowns in the world.


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Honolulu’s Chinatown dates back to the 19th century when Chinese laborers immigrated to Hawaii to work on sugar plantations. After their contracts expired, many of these workers became merchants and moved to the area that makes up Chinatown.

Honolulu: 檀香山 (tánxiāngshān): Honolulu, or literally, Sandalwood Mountain

The Great Fire of 1900
If you venture to Chinatown you’ll notice it looks differently than other parts of Downtown Honolulu not just because of the apparent Chinese characters, but it’s unique architecture. Well here’s the story—In January 1900, fires set to burn buildings infected by the bubonic plague burned out of control, igniting the Great Honolulu Chinatown Fire, ultimately scorching 38 acres and displacing thousands of residents. Schools closed and 7,000 residents were quarantined to prevent the possibility of the plague spreading. When the area was rebuilt, masonry was chosen over wood since the stone and brick buildings proved more resistant during the fire.

After WWII, Chinatown fell into disrepair and became a red-light district. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, revitalization plans were made for the area and new businesses like Hawaii National Bank were founded, old buildings were restored, and new scenes such as the Arts District emerged.

Sun Yat-Sen and Chinatown
Did you know Sun Yat-Sen moved to Honolulu for secondary school? In fact, Chinatown played a pivotal role and served as an operational base against the Qing Dynasty leading up to the Revolution of 1911. In November 2007, Chinatown’s Gateway Park was renamed to honor Sun Yat-Sen.

Chinatown Today: Home to Honolulu’s Hottest Nightlife and Renown Arts District
Produce markets, bakeries, Chinese home-wares, tea shops, and street peddlers bring the familiar bustle and sights to any Chinatown. In Honolulu’s Chinatown you’ll find not only Chinese influences, but a range or Pan-Asian and Pacific Islander businesses, along with business of ethnic Chinese from Vietnam.

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All Chinatown businesses also advertise in Chinese.

On the eastern edge of Chinatown, you’ll find Honolulu’s Art District, spanning just over 12 blocks and comprised of over 25 arts-related businesses, two theaters, two performance art venues, and an alternative movie theater.

Chinatown is also home to Honolulu’s hottest night scene, beating out the competition of more laid back bars and tiki themed cocktail lounges you’ll find in other parts of Honolulu. Dozens of clubs, bars, and restaurants draw locals from all parts of the island every night of the week, but especially during it’s famed monthly First Fridays



Have you read about the other Chinatowns Waygo has visited? If not, check out Waygo’s trip to Dublin, Milan, and San Francisco.


Happy travels to Honolulu and beyond!

Japan: Home to the World’s Most Expensive Fruit

If you are an avid fruit eater like myself, you better make a fruit budget during your time in Japan. Japan is home to some of the most expensive fruit in the world. To maintain a daily intake of 3-5 fruit servings per day, expect to pay about $10-$15 a day. Japanese convenience stores which are known as “konbini” typically sell apples for $2-3 a piece. Buying fruits in bulk at markets and grocery stores does not make the habit that much cheaper—plus, it’s difficult to buy fruit in bulk when you are traveling, as you probably don’t want to lug the fruit around or might not have a place to stash it.

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Hungry for an apple? You better be prepared to shell over $10 for this variety.

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$65 for a watermelon? In Japan, yes!






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At $22 a pack, these individual grapes cost more than $1 a piece!

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$47 for this small pack of grapes.













Apart from the everyday fruit sold at konbini and grocery stores intended for personal consumption, Japan is home to a huge luxury fruit industry. You can spend literally hundreds of dollars on a watermelon or thousands of dollars on grapes. Definitely worth a visit, Sembikiya Fruit Store is unlike any grocery store you’ve visited, more resembling a jewelry shop than a grocery store, with prices to match. What sets these fruits a part from ordinary fruits? They are grown with extreme care and precision. For example, cantaloupe are grown in perfectly weathered greenhouses and individually outfitted with hats to prevent sun burn, or plants that only grow a single fruit (farmers prune the less desirable fruit early on), so that the single fruit receives the entire plant’s sweetness.

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These watermelons will set you back more than $25!

You’ll not only find expensive regular looking fruit, but engineered fruit like nothing you’d find in the wild, such as square shaped watermelons, ideal for stacking.

Just like in China, gifting friends fruit is common practice. Gifts are presented not only on special occasions, but to show appreciation and build relationships. When invited as a guest into a home for a meal or a visit, never show up empty-handed. While you don’t have to necessarily spend hundreds of dollars on Ruby Roman grapes or heart-shaped watermelons, there are other options for less than $20.

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Although expensive, Waygo recommends you don’t skip out on consuming fruit while traveling in Japan. Remember what the doctor says, an apple a day keeps the doctor away!

Waygo takes a Bath (and a Lesson on Japanese Bathing Culture)

While in Tokyo, Waygo had the opportunity to soak up some Japanese culture at an onsen. Onsen (温泉), or “hot springs,” can also refer more generally to spas and bathing facilities and are huge drivers for tourism in Japan.

Waygo visited Ooedo-Onsen-Monogatari located in Odaiba (お台場), a large artificial island area in the Tokyo Bay. To get to Odaiba, you can drive across the Rainbow Bridge, take public transit, or ferry. Waygo took the Yurikamome monorail—we recommend going after nightfall for an unforgettable view of Tokyo and Tokyo Bay alit with beautiful colors. Another benefit of visiting Ooedo-Onsen-Monogatari at night besides the beautiful nighttime lights? A cheaper admission by ¥500 after 6pm

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Photo credit: Andrew H.

Ooedo-Onsen-Monogatari is unique because while it is traditional in many ways, it has been set up like a theme park, including food stalls and other fun activities for the whole family. There are both indoor baths fed by natural hot springs pumped from 1,400 meters underground, as well as outdoor baths including a foot bath set in a large Japanese-style garden. Indoors, a traditional street from the Edo days has been recreated to give an idea to visitors what Tokyo looked like hundreds of years ago.

Visitors to Ooedo-Onsen-Monogatari wear yukata while they eat and shop.

Visitors to Ooedo-Onsen-Monogatari wear yukata while they eat and shop. Photo credit: Ji Young Yoon

Nudity & Tattoos
Just because it’s set up like a theme park does not mean visitors adorn their bathing suits. Like all onsen, bathers at Ooedo-Onsen-Monogatari wear their birthday suits. When walking around the non-bathing areas, you adorn a traditional wrap known as a yukata. Traditionally men and women bathed together, but today it is more typical for men and women to bath separately. Nudity is not a big deal whatsoever, no one stares or tries to cover their own body, it feels completely normal.

Nudity means you can no longer hide that tattoo you’ve been hiding from your parents for the last few years. In fact, most onsen forbid tattoos, as tattoos have long been associated in Japan with criminals and organized crime. So if you have a tattoo, make sure to check beforehand if tattoos are permitted, but chances are that you’ll have to save public bathing for outside of Japan.


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Health benefits
Balneotherapy, the use of bathing for medical treatment, is widely practiced in Japan. The chemistry, temperature, and pressure of thermal baths have curative properties used to treat skin conditions, reduce inflammation and pain in arthritis, and boost the immune system. Japanese onsen must be at least 25°C, though some get as hot as 100°C!! Although generally considered an “alternative medicine,” balneotherapy’s benefits have been demonstrated and accepted in medical studies.

Onsen Etiquette
The onsen is a place for everyone to relax without worries or barriers, so make sure you don’t do anything that would make another guest uncomfortable. Just like any new cultural experience, keep your eyes open (without staring!) to pick up on normal social cues so you know what to do and how to do it.

1. Remove your shoes upon entry to the onsen.

2. Leave the large towel in the locker room, but feel free to take the small one into the bathing rooms, but don’t actually bring it into the water. Most bathers place towel on head when in bath.

3. Shower before entering the onsen.

4. Don’t wash and scrub yourself in the bath.

5. Tie up your hair so that it does not touch the water.

6. Don’t take up too much space in the bath.

7. Rinse off any sweat from the sauna before entering.

8. Try to keep your eyes and hands off other people.

9. Dry off thoroughly before entering the changing room.

10. Don’t treat the onsen like a pool: no jumping in, no dunking your head under the water, and no swimming. And although onsen are not pools, the universal pool rule of no running still applies!

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Photo credit: John G. Cramer III

With these rules in mind, now you’re ready to enjoy the Japanese onsen. Make sure to add “visiting an onsen” to your must-do list while in Japan. It’s truly an unforgettable (and relaxing!) experience you’ll want to tell all your friends back home about.

Tips for Tokyo’s Tricky Trains

Tokyo transportation can be intimidating—I mean, have you seen the map?!

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Photo credit: Gina-Marie Gattone

Navigating a foreign country (or even a new city within your home country) can be overwhelming. With its massive size and so many uniquely Tokyo characteristics, Tokyo can be especially overwhelming. Our hope in today’s blog post is to make at least one thing—the train and subway system—a bit easier for you to navigate.

Tokyo has one of the most extensive mass transit systems in the world. Although clean, safe, and efficient, it is also quite confusing—about a dozen different companies operate train, subway, bus, and ferry lines around Tokyo. If you’d like to keep things simple, the train lines operated by JR East and the two subway lines are more than enough for navigating central Tokyo. Fun Fact: 40 million passengers use Tokyo’s rail system daily, a combination of subways and trains, and you have 503 (at last count!) stations to suit your needs.

Train vs. Subway
The JR East is Tokyo’s most extensive railway network. Its Yamanote Line (山手線) is its star player and runs a complete circle around the core of Tokyo. Many of Tokyo’s main hubs and points of interest can be reached through the Yamanote Line or within one transfer.

In addition to trains, an extensive subway network runs through underground Tokyo, operated by two companies: Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway. The two are inter-linked, so you will not have an issue transferring between them. Note: While the JR Yamanote Line is not a subway line, due to its importance as a major transportation artery in downtown Tokyo, it is usually featured on subway maps. Transferring between the JR Yamanote and the subway lines is simple and can be done at many stations—just follow the signs!

Fun fact: Tokyo is home to the busiest subway station in the world, Shinjuku Station. Although an average of 3.5 million people use the station each day, you would never guess it because it is so incredibly quiet. Anytime you’re riding a subway or train take a second to notice how quiet it it is. Check our Facebook page to watch a video we shot in the Shinjuku Station on a weekday morning.

Getting from Narita Airport to Tokyo
You have a few options. If you’re flying in from abroad, you’ll most likely be arriving at Narita Airport which means 45 miles still stand between you and central Tokyo. Don’t even consider a taxi—it will easily cost you a couple hundred hours and take over 90 minutes. Now you have to decided between bus or train. Although slightly more expensive than a train, a limousine bus (about ¥3,000) might be simpler as you don’t have to traverse stairs and escalators with your luggage. The bus picks up outside arrival lobbies and shuttles downtown to major hotels and stations. However, the quickest and cheapest option would be a train. You’ve got the Narita Express, about a 45-minute journey and  ¥1,500 (note: from Tokyo to Narita Airport, the fare jumps up to  ¥3,000), or the Keisei Narita Sky Access, about an hour journey and ¥1,300. Regardless of what you choose, all options are above ground, offering views of life outside of Tokyo.

Buying a Ticket
Once again, you have some options. You can buy a standard ticket, rail pass, or day pass. We suggest purchasing an Integrated Circuit Card (IC Card)—either a Suica or Pasmo card, which can be purchased at any station.

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An IC Card might as well as stand as “Incredibly Convenient.” It’s a rechargeable card that you can use for any type of public transportation in Tokyo, and throughout greater Japan. They can also be used at vending machines and convenience stores. All you have to do is lightly place your IC card on top of the reader on top of the ticket gates and (providing you have enough credit) you will be let through. If the price of your journey turned out to be more than the credit left on your card, you can use the fare adjustment machine located next to the ticket gates to re-charge your card.


Google Maps directions works great in Tokyo!

Tokyo transportation is incredibly timely (which could also be said about Japanese people—there’s no such thing as “running late.”) You can expect any schedule posted online or at a station to be accurate. Trains and subways run super frequently, and the most time you’ll ever wait for one in central Tokyo is 3-6 minutes. Warning: Trains and subways do not operate 24/7—depending on the line and the station, the last train happens at or just after midnight. Oh and forget the earlier statement that transportation is quiet—the later in the evening, the rowdier the train and stations.

While there are some smart phone apps like Tokyo Transport Map to help you plan navigation through the transportation system, we found Google Maps a simple and accurate option. However, remember to take into account the time it takes to climb down and up stations, often not calculated in transit times.

During certain rush hour times, there are cars designated for women passengers only.



Happy travels to and around Tokyo!

P.S. You can’t leave the country of Japan without taking a ride on a shinkansen (新幹線), A.K.A. a bullet train. Just like the inner city rail systems, the shinkansens are known for being incredibly timely up to the second.

Take a trip to Japan via Japantown, San Francisco

How can you go to Japan for the day without shelling out hundreds of dollars (or more likely—thousands—for a plane ticket)? Head to your nearest Japantown! Did you know San Francisco is not only home to the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, but also the U.S.’s largest Japanese enclave? Last weekend Waygo decided to check out Japantown, AKA: 日本町, Nihonmachi, J Town, or Little Osaka. Fun fact: In 1957, SF entered into a sister city relationship with the city of Osaka (hence the nickname “Little Osaka”), making it SF’s oldest sister city.


Built in the 1960s and presented to SF by its sister city Osaka, on March 28th, 1968.

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Japanese immigrants began moving to present-day Japantown following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Prior to the earthquake, SF had 2 Japantowns: one just next to Chinatown, and the other in SoMa. Throughout the next few decades, Japantown grew into one of the largest Japanese communities outside of Japan, compared to Tokyo’s Ginza District.

Following Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941, businesses and residences were targeted for attacks, and the neighborhood were largely deserted as residents were relocated and held in internment camps.  After the war, the neighborhood had gone from spanning 30 blocks to just a few square blocks, and it went from being known as Nihonjin Machi meaning “Japanese People’s Town” to Nihonmachi, merely meaning “Japantown.”


Waygo incorrectly translates the Japanese sign. Good thing there was English in this case!


Webster = Sea Urchin Town? Waygo translates the 2nd character incorrectly.









Today Japantown bustles with commercial life, comprised primarily of two connected shopping centers full of restaurants, bookstores, furniture stores, spas, and cafes. In between the two centers, spans a large outdoor plaza for gathering, with a 5-tiered Peace Pagoda at its center. The sense of a Japanese community is primarily confined to the businesses, rather than the surrounding residential neighborhood. Unlike Chinatown which is home to thousands of Chinese residents, Japantown is more of a center for commercialism rather than a center where Japanese people live and work. No doubt about it though—you can’t possibly be anywhere else besides Japantown—bonsai stores, anime video stores, and moki bakeries abound!

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Bookstores are packed with items you can only find in Japantown.



Shibuya is a bustling district of Tokyo, famous for shopping, subways, and nightlife.


















Among some of the most interesting shops you’ll find  a shop entirely dedicated to wallet photos, Pika Pika.



J-Town’s biggest happenings comprise Cherry Blossom Festival during a 2-week span in April and the Nihonmachi Street Fair in August. Throughout the year, the area stays busy with smaller festivals, like the Joy of Soy:


If you cannot visit the real thing, is a good sneak preview.


Happy travels to a Japantown near you!




What’s Up with Waygo?

Hello Waygo Friends!

So what’s up with Waygo you ask? Lots! Today we’ll give you the low-down on all things Waygo.

First off, we’re hiring! Interested in working with us? We’re currently searching for a lead Android developer and we’d love to hear from you! Find all the details in our previous blog post.

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Wait…hold up…Android?! YES! In case you missed it, we celebrated our Android release on May 6th! Check us out now available in the Google Play store.


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Waygo has been busy on the road. Waygo CEO, Ryan, shared his insights during the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing on May 6th. To learn Ryan’s tips to life on the road, check out this Wall Street Journal blog post.

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We’ve also been making movies—”Imagine being able to navigate drinks and food with your smart phone!” Do you recognize the voice? What about the hands? Hint: Take a second look at the photo above of that peace-sign-wielding man!

So that’s what up with Waygo. We’d love to hear from you, so let us know your latest adventures with (or without!) Waygo.

Have a happy week!,

Team Waygo

P.S. Thanks to IT Pro Portal for naming us App of the Day last week!

Waygo Speaks 日本の, too!

Dear Waygo friends,

It’s been a while. How have you been? In case you haven’t heard, Waygo now translates Japanese into English. 何 (nani)?! Yes, that’s right! Waygo is now trilingual. We launched the news earlier this month at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, also winning the accelerator pitch competition for the Entertainment and Content Technologies category.

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We decided to add Japanese based off your feedback; Japanese was the most requested additional language. Since English is not super prevalent in Japan—even the subway signs are often without English—travelers in Japan face extra challenges. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to buy your tickets to Japan! After all, the cherry blossoms have officially begun blooming.

Waygo to the Test
This article inspired today’s blog post (if you want a good chuckle, I highly recommend clicking through to the link!) We tested Waygo against the article, comparing Waygo’s translations with the article’s. See below to see how Waygo did:

Case Study 1:

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Hand Grenade…not quite….

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Waygo wins!









Case Study 2:

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Waygo wins!









Case Study 3:

funny chinese translations

Cat ears and rotten children…?!


Waygo only successfully translates the beginning.


Waygo clarifies that they’re not actually ears.










Case Study 4:

wrong chinese translation

And by crap, they mean carp.


Waygo only translates the 1st 2 characters.









Case Study 5:


Although not eloquently stated, at least Waygo gives you an idea of the ingredients.


Well that’s not nice to call them stupid!

As you can see, Chinese continues to be a work in progress. Just like Chinese, Japanese is a complex language, presenting several new challenges to the Waygo team. For one, Japanese is made up of three different writing systems: kanji (Chinese characters used in Japanese), hiragana, and katakana. Each system has its own alphabet, but hiragana and katakana characters sometimes look similar in certain fonts. Yikes!

Remember, any and all feedback is welcome!! Please send us inaccurate, funny, or just plain wrong translations at

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Hmmm…this might be difficult.

All photo credit in today’s post: