Poor Rosetta Stone. The language learning service that’s changed the game for the business in ways that Bertlitz would rather not think about was a target of Saturday Night Live this weekend. In a segment dedicated to independent learners proudly sharing why they’re studying a foreign language online, writers focused on a few … let’s say “undesirable” clients eager to begin journeys of their own.
“I’m learning Thai so I can go to Thailand for .. a thing,” one relatively creepy students states.
While another equally non-comfortable man says, “I’m also learning Thai … for business.”
“I’m learning German, so I can pretend I’m German while in Thailand,” says a man in a windbreaker.
While some idiots claim sex tourism is a gray zone, people who actually know about the issue recognize it’s not. Rosetta Stone may not enjoy being party to a mocking, but it’s hard to argue that travelers shouldn’t be reminded of the creeps that surround them more often than they’d like.