Developer: Jourist Verlags GmbH
Price: $9.99
Version Reviewed: 1.4

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★½
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Going on vacation to a foreign country can be a daunting task for some. On one hand, there will be tons of things to see and cultures to experience, but on the other, there is this big language gap. Learning a language can be a mighty challenge, but there are some apps, like Travel Interpreter, that can help you out.

Travel Interpreter is a talking, illustrated language guide with 24 different languages. Each language has a ton of phrases packed into different categories. In the app, you can learn words and phrases from simple things such as “thank you” to complex phrases like “Your new haircut is great.” Each phrase is written out in English and the desired language, and then spoken to you by a native speaker.

The app is intended, by the developer, to be a guide for you on your travels. While it excels in some things, such as simple phrases, its organization makes anything else rather difficult. The way the app is set up, the words are all buried behind categories that go two deep. For example, to say thank you, you have to hit “Basics”, then “First need phrases,” and then the thank you button. Some of the category titles are tricky, such as the aforementioned “First need phrases,” but there is a search function that works rather well. Simply type in a word or phrase in English or the desired language and most of the time your word will pop up, as long as you are using the wording that the developers would use.

As is, Travel Interpreter would work great as a replacement for a foreign language phrase book. I would like to see an easier navigation for some of the items, but the search feature picks up some of the slack. With 2,100 illustrated words and phrases, this app will surely get you to where you need to go.

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