Italian Phrasebook: iPhone App Written and Video Review
Do you want to learn another language? Are you looking to do a bit of traveling in Italy? If so, then hop on board, Cassidy! Italian Phrasebook. Travel by developer Doka Studios is one of the best ways we’ve seen yet to master a basic amount of the Italian language in an hurry. If you’re planning a trip to the country, it’s perhaps the best mobile option we know to competently converse with the locals in a pinch. The design isn’t perhaps what we might have hoped, but the price is right and the features are there. For our full review of Italian Phrasebook, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Functionality
As much as Italian Phrasebook might seem like a standalone offering, it is in fact actually the continuation of a much larger suite of software by Doka. The developers offer similar titles in a number of countries and languages, including German and English and Polish, as well as a variety of smaller translation oriented dictionaries in Spanish, French, and Russian. It’s a comprehensive lineup, but the one we’ll be focusing on here is the Italian version of the app.
As a phrasebook and guide to the Italian language in a common and conversational setting, the app exceeds with flying colors. The app comes with a number of various categories and an entire tonne of phrases that the user can search for. Once located, a phrase needs only to be tapped to produce a pronunciation from a native speaker. This can be learned and repeated, or we even suppose the app could be used to communicated directly with the natives. It’s a fun mix, and with the option to bookmark your favorite phrases, it’s never been quicker, either.
Design and Layout
Our only real complaint with the app is its design. No, it’s not the most beautiful language learning phrasebook we’ve ever seen on iOS. Then again, it’s not the worst we’ve ever seen, either. The functionality largely falls somewhere in between. We liked the search function, as well as the playback settings. However, we weren’t such fans of the lackluster interface, which does nothing to inspire a lust for the language itself. Then again, the audio recordings were phenomenal, and we wouldn’t have traded them for anything. Having a native pronunciation is key to learning, or even just for using the app as a vocoder.
We’ll spin it to you this way: for the three bucks that the app costs, you’d be hard pressed to find a better or cheaper phrasebook in any traditional medium. Most books of a similar nature will you run you at least twenty bucks. In comparison, the three dollars for the app is a phenomenal bargain, especially with real native speakers doing the talking for you. All in all, Italian Phrasebook is a tremendous bargain.
Italian Phrasebook requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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