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Let your mobile do the talking abroad

The range of mobile phrase books initially cover six European languages

Learning the language need no longer be an issue for travellers abroad thanks to a new range of mobile talking phrase book applications from .

The mobile phrase books will translate common phrases from English to one of six European languages - French, German, Italian, Spanish, Greek and Portuguese. Each costs £3 to download and contains 250-300 phrases. As well as selecting and displaying translations on-screen, a sound file in the application will speak key phrases.

Developed by CoolGorilla , the phrase books cover the regular categories - eating, travel, accommodation and directions - plus flirting. For the latter category, however, it's probably best to learn the phrase rather than let your mobile do the chat-up lines.

The phrase book applications are available to download from or via the mobile internet at . Further talking phrase books will be launched later this year, including non-English versions.

The talking phrase books are Java applications currently compatible with 60 handsets, though more handset models are constantly being add to the list. You can watch a video demonstration here .