The developers are clear that this isn’t meant to be used as a translation tool, rather it’s an entertaining app to play around with.
Concept and Functionality:
At first I was a little perplexed when taking Pseudo Lingo for a test drive. Originally I thought it was meant to act as a translation app, but that’s definitely not what it’s for.
Instead, Pseudo Lingo allows users to choose from various languages to have popular phrases spoken in their respective dialect. Though phrases are spoken in English, they sound very similar to how someone who natively speaks a foreign language might pronounce the phrase in English.
For example, say you’re traveling in Italy and you’d like to order dinner. Simply choose the Italian language option in Pseudo Lingo, select the restaurant category, and tap the speech bubble next to the phrase you’d like your phone to speak.
Your phone can speak phrases in a number of “pseudo” languages; pseudo-French, pseudo-Italian, pseudo-German and pseudo-Dutch.
Keep in mind that phrases aren’t spoken in Italian, but rather in English with an Italian accent. It’s actually pretty hilarious.
Pseudo Lingo includes a ton of phrases to choose from all neatly organized into various categories. This is one of the things I really like about it since it makes it easy to quickly get to the phrase you want.
After all, if you’re trying to use one of the stock phrases to get a laugh, timing is everything.
Phrases even differ from language to language. It’s an unexpected source of entertainment that will likely take your friends by surprise.
Pseudo Lingo includes a limited variety of dialects for users to speak in: Italian, Dutch, German, and French. You’re able to choose the gender of your speaker, as well. Hopefully more languages are added in future releases.
It’s also worth noting that users are encouraged to submit phrases they’d like to see added to Pseudo Lingo in future updates. While it’d be neat to create your own phrases on the fly for Pseudo Lingo to speak, this is simply not possible with such a simple app.
Pseudo Lingo is available to download from the App Store for $0.99 and is designed for iPhone.
There’s also a free version available so you can give it a go without spending anything.
Overall, Pseudo Lingo is built off of a very original idea, and is a good source of entertainment. You’ll definitely have some laughs with it, just don’t plan on using it as a translation companion while abroad.
Pseudo Lingo requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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