Travel Interpreter – Multilingual Phrasebook is an electronic phrasebook and is released by Jourist Verlags GmbH.
“The Travel Interpreter is a talking, illustrated phrasebook which translates English words and phrases into 28 languages. The programme offers you the unique opportunity to communicate abroad without any special language skills, as it can simply speak the translation as required. Easily understandable illustrations make communication even easier.”
When you open the application you can immediately browser the 28 languages on offer and select the one you are looking for. Most major languages are covered here, most of the European and Business languages can be found, but smaller countries are not covered.
Travel Interpreter then offers categories to select from, like the Basics, Hotel, Food/Drink, Health etc.
You then drill into this categories, and subcategories are given. So for the basics you are given items like ‘First Need Phrases’. Saying Hello, Introductions etc.
From here you are presented with the phrases. They have a nicely drawn image of the phrase, the phrase in English and the selected language and best of all you can play the phrase in audio form. The sound recording is generally excellent and easy to make out.
You can even bring up the phrase full screen, which is useful for education or practicing the language.
There is a search phrase box, but I could not get it to return the information I wanted, with even Hello and Goodbye coming back with no results.
The user interface is well designed making it easy to navigate and find the words you are looking for, with sections like apologies, gratitude etc.
On the upside:
- Easy to navigate phrase sections.
- Most of the phrases you will need for a conversion are here.
On the downside:
- The “search phrases” does not work well.
- A large app to keep on your device.
- Not all the languages are covered.
Overall, this is a very useful tool to have on you, especially if you are planning to travel to several countries (like a Mediterranean cruise) or you are a business traveller. Having a huge selection of languages and phases at your fingertips is very useful indeed.
Size: 692 MB
Price (at time of review): £2.99