Developer: TripLingo
Price: $4.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Learning a new language is tough for many. While many apps, phrase books and other learning tools focus on learning the correct terminology for everything, often providing a rather stilted and unnatural translation, TripLingo bypasses that problem by offering a much more fluid language experience. While users can learn the strict and very formal way of expressing each phrase, a handy slider enables them to also learn the more relaxed, slang terms for everything.

To backtrack a little, upon first loading TripLingo users are requested to explain why they want to learn the language via using a few sliders to adjust their needs. Questions range from things like whether the user is there on business or pleasure, whether they like sightseeing or the beach and even if they have any food allergies or disabilities. It’s all good practical information that then allows TripLingo to create a custom phrase list appropriate for the user’s needs.

That’s not all that’s accessible from TripLingo however. The Go Learn section of the app enables users to read each phrase, hear it spoken slowly and at a normal pace, read a phonetic description and details about the context. This section also offers the all important ability to adjust the phrase according to how formal the user wants. A Flash Card utility allows users to test their knowledge to see how they’re doing. For more specialised help, a Travel Situations and Dictionary part of the app ensures it’s easy to consult TripLingo for all manners of terms within a couple of taps. There’s even a Culture section offering tips and facts to do with the country to help the user feel more knowledgeable about the area.

TripLingo is a pretty impressive app for those looking to learn more about a new language. Most importantly, it’s fun to use. There’s a badge system in place that offers a form of congratulations as you progress further in studying the language. It’s a nice idea and it’s always good to be rewarded for learning.

Overall, it’s a great idea to personalize studying a language and TripLingo does a great job of doing it. Everything works just how it should and users will no doubt be pleased by how quickly they can see results. This is a fine addition for any traveller’s collection.

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