This is a traveler’s dream come true. Speak a sentence in English, and Jibbigo recognizes the words, translates it into the foreign language, and reads it aloud. The other person can then reply, and it will come out in English. It’s featured in Apple’s latest iPhone app demo advertisement, Backpacker.
The app is completely self-contained and doesn’t require an internet connection. Mandarin, Japanese, and Spanish are the three languages available right now, with more to come. It’s priced a little high by App Store standards ($25USD to $28USD), but I would pay that just as a means of practicing and improving my own language skills, say with the Chinese app, for example.