Developer: Jourist Verlags GmbH
Price: $4.99 Download on the App Store
Travel Interpreter adds to the arsenal of essential apps for international travelers. The iPhone translator offers easy access to many of the key phrases one may need when faced with a language barrier.
Most likely the language you are looking to translate will be here. Choices include: Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, Italian and Hebrew (23 in total). After selecting which language to translate, the categories are divided by specific topics; such as hotel, shopping or beauty care. This iPhone translation app even has a section detailing how to call the police and describe particular crimes.
Pick a category to drill down into sub-categories that offer more specific scenarios where travelers might need something translated. Once you're in the right category, simply tap on a phrase and let your iPhone go to work. Travel Interpreter includes audio of the translated phrase, an illustration of its meaning and written the text (for some languages, such as Arabic, the translation is also written in phonetic English).
If you would like to hear this same phrase in one of Travel Interpreter's other languages, then tap the world icon in the upper right-hand corner. The iPhone translator brings up a list of languages with each accompanying nation's flag; tap a flag and the new translation plays. This is handy for comparing languages that are similar, such as Spanish and Portuguese. After listening to a phrase you can either flip through the rest of the translations in that section or go back to the parent categories to start over.
Travel Interpreter's simplicity is a real strength. Whether it's an emergency or you're trying to strike up a conversation with the cute foreign exchange student, if you're in need of an iPhone translator, then it's safe to say that you want to call up a phrase as quickly as possible.
Probably Travel Interpreter's only downside is the price: $9.99 is on the expensive side of the App Store, especially since other translation apps (including the Google Translate web app) can be found for $0.99 or less.
However, if you are willing to spend the cash and would like to browse and learn specific phrases, Travel Interpreter is a good option for any iPhone-toting traveler to include in their pack. The translator's simplicity and ease of use are worth paying for.