Talking Phrasebook Series is Great for Travellers

Written iPhone App Review

Price: $0.99    Score: 8/10    By Shaun Campbell Talking Spanish Phrasebook

Phrasebooks are a must-have item for most travelers, but they only get you so far.  Remembering words and phrases can be hard, but more often than not it’s getting the pronunciation right which is the real killer. Written pronunciation guides are handy, but it’s no substitute for hearing the words being spoken by a native speaker.

The Talking Phrasebook Series from Cool Gorilla puts 500 spoken words and phrases right in your pocket. Browse or search for phrases in the following categories:

  • Essentials
  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Food and Drink
  • Activities
  • Socializing
  • Shopping
  • Medical
  • Date and Time
  • Numbers
  • Emergencies

Each of the categories also features several subcategories to make finding the phrase you need even easier. “Socialising” for example, is broken down into Greetings, Small Talk, At the Bar and Romance.

There are seven different languages in the talking phrasebook series: Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, German, Portuguese, and Greek. All of the spoken phrases have been recorded professionally, and are embedded in the app – so there’s no need for access to an internet connection.

Each phrase is written in both English and the applicable language and it only takes one tap to hear the phrase spoken out-loud. At $0.99, the Talking Phrasebooks are great value and extremely useful tools for the traveler.

Talking Phrasebooks require the 2.2 software update and are compatible with both the iPhone & iPod Touch.


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4 Responses to “Talking Phrasebook Series is Great for Travellers”

  1. Katey says:

    I use this app and I really like it.

    But you cant really learn spanish by just learning phrases, so Im taking a course called “iCaramba spanish course” ( – also on my iPhone!

    Hoping to get into the lingo before going to Barcelona this summer :)

  2. Stuart says:

    Spanish will serve you well in Barcelona, but you’d get by even better with a few phrases in the local Catalan language which is their native language.

  3. John Edwards says:

    Try ‘Maria’s Spanish Class Lite’. It’s free, it’s about really ‘learning’ Spanish and it has native speakers and phrases from lots of differenet Spanish speaking countries. I’ve just upgraded to the full version. Myself and the wife are oth learning Spanish as we plan to move to Spain in the next few years.

  4. John Edwards says:

    Oh they have a site at or if I were you just do a search on the app store. Adios

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