Review: TripLingo

Review: TripLingo

If you're a globetrotter for the business cause,TripLingo is as much your handy travel companion as mini toiletries kits and luggage tags.

The iPhone app was created by CEO Jesse Maddox and his startup team in the US, after Maddox had searched for an easy way 
to learn local languages while working in 10 Asian countries in 2010.

It tries to help you quickly get up to speed with locals, by searching phrases from formal to casual and even slang. It will also help you look like less of an idiot, with information on etiquette, culture, body language, taboos, gender roles music, pop culture, dining and greetings specific to particular nations.

Once you pick a language and competency level in that language, you can use flashcards to look up words and add commonly used cards to your favourites. There's also a voice translator to convert basic phrases between 12 languages, with Thai the most recently added, or you can purchase time to talk live to a translator. Five dollars gets you five minutes, 200 minutes is $99.

The app includes a dictionary and a bank of words grouped by category so you can find words about yourself, finding accommodation, how to argue with someone, express your feelings, nightlife, money and banks, restaurants, shopping and a lot more.

If you upgrade to the premium versions you can also access all phrases - over 1200 per language - get the full 10,000 word 
offline dictionary and unlimited voice to voice translations. Among the paid options are a one language package for $9.99, three languages for $19.99 and all languages for $49.99.