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Subject: Re: Packing for Taiwan Date: 11/26/2012 2:07 PM
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I have to travel with my laptop because of the requirements of the technical meetings I'm attending and all the presentations and information I have to provide. So I've never really embraced ipods, tablets or smartphones. I have a tablet that I've played with but never used. But SGSpouse is devoted to her ipod and has searched for a good translator app. She had one the last time we traveled to Germany, but we both found that our rudimentary abilities to speak a few phrases and count was far more effective. We really never found a good use for the translator. The German translator allowed you to type in sentences that it would translate. SGSpouse never found one for Chineses that did this. They only came with canned phrases which is even more frustrating to use.

I don't know if you've ever actually tried to use one of these when traveling in another country, but they tend to be more frustrating than useful. If you're really stuck and can find someone patient enough to allow you to key in sentences or look up phrases to play, they can be helpful, I guess. But you still have to understand the response. And obviously, they don't really accomplish the same thing when it comes to basic politeness and pleasantness. Being able to say please and thank-you etc. lets people know you have some respect for them. Playing the same thing through your iphone just doesn't get the same point across.
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