Jerusalem: Taxi drivers to get English lessons

A taxi outside Jerusalem's Damascus Gate Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption A taxi outside Jerusalem's Damascus Gate

The city of Jerusalem is providing English lessons for its taxi drivers, so they can speak more freely with foreign tourists and improve customer service, it seems.

Drivers will learn to give directions and answer questions about cultural heritage, on the 60-hour course, the Jerusalem Post reports. Mayor Nir Barkat says: "Everywhere in the world, the first people to be asked about a city and what's worthwhile doing there are the taxi drivers... That's why we've decided to fund their English studies."

The courses will be held in groups of 10 and cost 100 shekels (£17), with special focus given to correct pronunciation of tourist attractions, The Times of Israel said.

It's not the first time in recent weeks that Jerusalem Municipality has been moved to make the city more appealing to visitors. Last week, a scheme was announced to collect DNA samples from the city's dogs to help eradicate mess.

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