has launched a new, free talking 2009 phrasebook
( for iPhone and
iPod touch users in the UK. Developed by Coolgorilla, the phrasebook
is available in six different language versions: French, German,
Greek, Italian Portuguese and Spanish, and can be downloaded by
visiting Apple’s App Store.

Using the talking phrasebook consumers can ask for directions, hire a
car and even engage in small talk. Each one contains over 500 sound
files covering a variety of elements of the holiday experience
including eating, travel, even flirting. The app allows consumers to
search for a phrase in English and press “select.” Their iPhone then
pronounces the phrase in the foreign language with a real, native
accent. The text translation is also provided on the screen.