App Review: Travel Interpreter

When traveling in a foreign country, sometimes language can be a huge problem. Even finding the simplest things can be a challenge without proper knowledge of the country’s native language. App developer Jourist Verlags GmbH is aiming to help, with its new Travel Interpreter app. Supporting almost 30 languages, chances are that this app supports your next vacation or business trip. You can download it now for a rather pricey $10.47US in the Android Market.

 

First, I’m going to cover some of the better features in the app. With all the different languages, a lot of work must’ve gone into this app. Each language has hundreds of phrases, with each phrase including a picture, as well as a “native” speaking the phrase (more on this later). It includes the basics, as well as some phrases relating to traveling to another country. These include restaurants, transportation, hotel, sports, and many others. My only cringe with all these features is that there is no basic translator, and if you can’t find the phrase you need, you’re out of luck.

 

One of the major downfalls of Travel Interpreter are the audio translations. Depending on the language, what is said could be misunderstood, and confusion could occur. I tested the Spanish language pack (I know my fair share of the language), and well the grammar was perfect, it was complete Spain Spanish. This means that some words may not be recognized in other countries, especially South America. To make it even worse, the speaker had a Mexican accent, which would not be quite as useful in Spain.  Even though I haven’t tested the other languages, I’m sure this is a problem throughout the whole app.


Another problem is the amount of memory the app uses. Upon opening it for the first time, you’re prompted to download a base 75MB file. After this, you have to download each language pack individually, which are about 25MB each. This takes up a larger part of your SD card compared to most apps, and depending on what the app is being used for, may be incredibly inconvenient. At the end of the day, I’d have to pass on this app. While it may be useful to some, its $10 price tag makes it more expensive to other alternatives.

The languages supported include: German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese (Portugal), Portuguese (Brazil), Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Polish, Czech, Slovakian, Russian, Bulgarian, Greek, Hungarian, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, Hindi, Vietnamese, Farsi.

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