Remember that last to trip to Marseille where you saw this amazing guy at the beach? You wanted to go over and start chatting, but you had no clue how do say Ça va? The iOS App Lingopal helps you to translate “Hi, how are you” in 44 languages.
Whether you see a handsome guy or a pretty girl, the app knows over 300 common phrases and can translate into English, Afrikaans, Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Spanish (Latin American), Swedish, Tagalog (Filipino), Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.
The phrases are categorized by topics, e.g. Shopping, directions, business talk and mature talk. Granted the app features rather simple interfaces. But Lingopal serves it purpose. It´s like the Google Translator with pre-defined phrases. And I think it is helpful to get to know each other and lower cultural barriers. Even if I personally just go to people and start talking. It´s much easier.
The app is available for Android and iOS. You will find the links at the end of this post. The ratings in the app stores are in average positive, so you might give it a try.
Do you need the help of apps to meet foreign people or you simply join them for a drink?