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Old Oct 31, 12, 2:32 pm   #1
 
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Rediscovering the Amsterdam Airport

Now up in ASK THE PILOT:

A letter from Amsterdam-Schiphol. Rediscovering one of the world's friendliest airports.

Some cool photos too.


The full story is up on my home page:
http://www.askthepilot.com

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Old Nov 4, 12, 2:42 pm   #2
 
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Nice story! Yes, AMS is a nice airport. I have recently been in LHR and ORD and the difference was staggering. One thing I like about AMS is that all gates are within walking distance (although it may be a long walk). Privium (eye scan passport control) is fast and pretty cool too. AMS even has free showers post customs, accessible to all transfer passengers (bring your own towel - and flip flops if you are concerned about athlete's foot).
BTW: the pronounciation of the CH in Schiphol is not a K but the same CH as in Loch Ness.
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Old Nov 6, 12, 7:19 am   #3
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BTW: the pronounciation of the CH in Schiphol is not a K but the same CH as in Loch Ness.
I'm not hearing a difference: http://www.forvo.com/word/schiphol/
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Old Nov 12, 12, 12:25 am   #4
 
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AMS is definitely one of the best airports in the world! I visited a friend from Netherlands last year and I can attest to the friendly and accommodating staff of the airport. The free showers are pretty cool, too.
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Nice story! Yes, AMS is a nice airport. I have recently been in LHR and ORD and the difference was staggering. One thing I like about AMS is that all gates are within walking distance (although it may be a long walk). Privium (eye scan passport control) is fast and pretty cool too. AMS even has free showers post customs, accessible to all transfer passengers (bring your own towel - and flip flops if you are concerned about athlete's foot).
BTW: the pronounciation of the CH in Schiphol is not a K but the same CH as in Loch Ness.
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I'm not hearing a difference: http://www.forvo.com/word/schiphol/
My Dutch colleague pronounces it with the K vice a CH...
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Old Nov 18, 12, 6:08 pm   #6
 
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I hear the CH in Schiphol as that noise one makes when one clears one's throat or gargles, a German consonant or a Hebrew consonant. I can speak a bit of Hebrew and a bit of German, so I can pronounce Schiphol "correctly." I'm awful at Dutch, though.

I referred to the run from a BOS-AMS flight to an AMS-CDG flight leaving at the other side of the airport as the Schiphol Slalom.
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Old Nov 30, 12, 6:53 pm   #7
 
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Airport Pronunciations

All right, so ignoring Schiphol for a moment, how do you pronounce "La Guardia?"

Do you say it, "La-Gwardia", or with the hard "g" and silent "u", as in the word "guard." La-guard-ia?

And what other examples of controversial airport pronunciations are out there?

Wait, I know the answer: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi.

I say it's "So-wanna-poom."



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