Lonely Planet Launches Offline Translator App

Lonely Planet has launched the Lonely Planet Offline Translator, powered by Jibbigo, for iOS and Android.

The app acts as a personal translator, providing bespoke translations based on what the user has typed or spoken into the phone. What’s neat about the app is that it works completely offline, which means it can be used anywhere with no data/roaming fees or connection delays. (Speaking as someone who clocked up a bill of a few quid after firing up Google Maps in Portugal for less than a couple of minutes in Portugal this Summer, I’d say this is something not to be underestimated – Ed.)

Initially launching in eight languages, the app translates words, phrases or whole sentences into immediate audio or text translations. It utilizes over 40,000 words for its translations, and also features a searchable dictionary.

“Making an effort to speak the native language not only helps with everyday practicalities but enhances your travel experience”, says Jeremy Kreitler, VP wireless services for Lonely Planet. “We’re thrilled to partner with Jibbigo to offer travellers the best technologies and make it easier for them to communicate during their trip.”

Lonely Planet Offline Translator is available in the App Store and Android Market for an introductory price of £2.99. The app is the latest addition to Lonely Planet’s portfolio of mobile language products. Earlier this year, the company launched ebook audio phrasebooks in the iBookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Lonely Planet also publishes 41 audio phrasebook apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android devices. Each features over 600 practical and social phrases and displays local text, phonetic pronunciation, and an audio translation of the phrase by a native speaker.