PHRASEBOOK PRO // ANDROID // $ 7.90
With no instantaneous universal translator yet in existence ( why must you tease us so, sci- fi) Phrasebook Pro offers a decent solution to the problem of getting around and interacting with the locals when you’re on vacation or business abroad. Although $ 7.90 might seem a little bit pricey for an app in the current climate, the truth is that there’s an awful lot of value to be found in Phrasebook Pro. With a total of 16 languages packed in ( Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish), users should have no problem asking basic questions, looking for directions or simply greeting the denizens of their temporary host nation. Even better is the fact that the app works excellently in offline mode, saving you any potentially nasty and unexpected roaming charges on your return, while pronunciations are handled superbly, ensuring that you know exactly how to say things ( or you could just opt to let the app do your talking if you’re feeling shy).