Lingibli has been developed around the idea that “50% of all conversation is based on 100 words.” Using the app you can download several different languages and those 100 words, setting yourself on the road to multilingual conversations. The words are given along with their use in common sentences and you’ll be able to read them and hear them pronounced correctly. You’ll also find 100 phrases for conversation. These phrases have been sorted into different categories, including basic talking, traveling, eating and drinking, shopping and money, time, numbers, hotel, emotions and (my favorite) getting help. There’s also a “Top 35” list to give you a quick look at the most useful and helpful phrases.
Lingibli also comes with an interesting feature involving QR codes. It will send you a PDF page of QR codes for common household words. You cut out the codes and tape them around the house then take the app and use a built in scanner to scan the codes and hear the words pronounced. I did try out the scanner on a code I was sent for a download pack but unfortunately it never worked for me. I kept getting a connection error so I’m not able to review the full version of the app. What you read here is based on the free download you’ll get initially from iTunes. This download includes a limited preview of each language where you’ll be able to see a few words and the Top 35 phrases for each one. Beyond that you will need to do an in-app purchase for the rest of the content. The included languages are Arabic, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish and Turkish.
I like the concept behind Lingibli. If I were to ever go abroad I think I’d find myself reading from the app as a “cheat sheet” rather than memorizing words and phrases. Everything I’d most likely need is right here.
Price when Reviewed: Free with additional in-app purchases for content
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Seller: Lingibli s.r.o