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If you happen to be one of those people who frequently travel to different countries, do business in foreign lands or just enjoy a casual chit-chat with a friend from another country in their native tongue then TripLingo could be the perfect iPhone and iPod touch application to help users overcome the language barriers that we will all inevitably face at one point in our lives. Devices like iPhones and iPads have made the world a much smaller place by keeping us all connected digitally, but we still face the old problem of speaking different languages, which is something that the engineers at TripLingo are trying to assist with.

TripLingo is billed as the ultimate travel tool to help users overcome the language barriers that they face when they travel. It doesn’t matter if it is a frequently travelling businessman or woman who regularly travels to Asia, a child going on a foreign trip with college or school or even a family taking the annual vacation to Europe, the chances are that some language issues will be encountered at some point. TripLingo tries to alleviate that problem by teaching essential and frequently used phrases in a variety of languages, offering the assistance of a live translator as well as giving handy info about local cultures.

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Each supported language in the application contains over 1200 useful words and phrases that not only help with situations that travellers may find themselves in but also contain a number of often used slang words for each language. Voice translation is also an option with TripLingo allowing users to speak the phrase or word into the device in their own language and have the app synthesize that speech and provide the relevant translation back in almost real-time.

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The basic application is available as a free of charge download and provides immediate access to basic translation support for the Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Hebrew and Castilian Spanish languages. Full premium language packs can be purchased on a preferred basis to unlock access to all of the key phrases to ensure the easiest trip possible next time the user is travelling.

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(Source: TripLingo for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store)

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