I use this app so much. It’s easy and gives me the information I want fast.
I use this app so much. It’s easy and gives me the information I want fast.
I can't live without this dictionary. It has replaced the printed dictionary I always brought to Italy. The ability to conjugate verbs and get multiple definitions is very helpful. I keep the app open while reading Italian lessons. Love it for the last 5 years! Let's add a few years now. August 2015
I'm currently in my 3rd year of undergraduate Italian & downloaded this app before a weeklong trip to Venice. Since I have some background, I wasn't looking up super-basic words, but rather terms used on menus and museum displays. Almost nothing I looked up was listed in the dictionary. It was pretty good in verb conjugations, but incomplete in many respects: no English translation for essere (to be) in any of the subjunctive tenses?! Really? No indications that the are differences between "tu" ("you" informal) and "Lei" ("you" formal)? That can get you into serious trouble!
Efficient and simple to use.
I currently live in Italy and have found that most of the words I have looked up are not accurate. My native Italian speaking friends have all checked it out to try and help me and declared after a few minutes of various searches, that it is rubbish.
I have enjoyed the French version of this app, but on a trip to Italy I found that the Ultralingua Italian dictionary is rather poor. Mostly one-word definitions without any help in knowing any subtleties of meaning. And several times, when I asked out Italian friends, they said that the first dictionary entry was either very old-fashioned or just plain wrong. The conjugation part of this app is nice, but I need a better dictionary for my purposes.
Ever since the update, landscape mode is broken. I use the dictionary everyday. Please fix it.
I've used ultralingua Spanish, and thought it quite helpful, but the Italian version has a dictionary that leaves out many words - useful, necessary words. It was better than nothing, but only just.
I've had this app on my iPhone for over a year and after some initial use I’ve never used it. I had other apps or web sites that do a better job at giving me definitions and verb conjugations. I saw the 1.5 update was available in iTunes so I downloaded it and spent some time trying it out again after months of not realizing I even owned this app. First, I expect a lot from a $20 iOS app. I was initially disappointed when I looked up several words in Italian and saw they were not in this app's dictionary. Falò (meaning bonfire or campfire) is not in the dictionary. Bonifico is, but the definition given (discount) is pretty close to being wrong (it might be used as a tertiary definition) but it does not include the principle meaning (money transfer). It says vado and vo are both first person singular present tense forms of andare. I have never seen vo listed as a form of andare in any book I have in Italian, nor in any online resource. (However, I'm not an expert speaker of Italian, but if it is allowed it's very very very rarely used). I generally use my iPad in portrait mode but this app behaves differently in portrait and landscape mode. I will point out this is not uncommon, but it’s something I have to get use to. If you ask for an English definition of fu and hit search you get the entry "Kung fu". But before you hit the Search button you will see a strip that says "Matches: fu essere fucilare Did you mean fui?" Okay so if you know fu is a form of essere you hit essere and then double click the conjugation pane to see all the conjugations at once to see that fu is third person singular remote past form of essere. I guess fucilare shows in the list because it's the word in their dictionary that falls after fu (??) Anyway, assuming you don't know the word (why are you looking it up?) giving a list of possible words that could relate could put you on a long tedious path to the solution you are looking for. WordReference does a much better job of this. Too many words have one-word definitions that really don't give one the proper meaning (e.g. allacciarsi == interlock). I suppose limiting definitions is why they can load it on your iOS device. So, it seems so far I don't like this app very much. What's good about it? Well in my opinion the number translator is pretty sweet. Type in 512 and it writes the number in Italian "cinquecentododici", of course it will do it in English as well “five hundred (and) twelve”. And you can punch in huge numbers as well (e.g. 1,987,654,321). This is a good way of learning to speak large numbers. The other positive, if it matters to you, is that this app is on your iOS device. You can use it fully while your iOS device is in Airplane Mode or otherwise not connected to the Internet. So after studying this app for a few hours today I think I may pull it up sometimes, but it probably won’t be my go to translation app. It does have some potential and I hope the developer keeps improving it. But knowing what I know about this app I would not buy it.
This app is crap and a waste of money. After spending a little time with it I quickly realized how useless it is. It doesn't even include basic things such as the plural form of nouns (this isn't generally an issue, but occasionally you run across non-standard plural forms). Also the search interface seems clunky and not all of the translations direct you to the most appropriate word (sometimes it isn't even listed although other choices are). If it were a two dollar app then it might be okay, but this is ridiculously poor quality for such a high price. Should have listened to the negative reviews...now to try and get my money back.
For the record, there is no such thing as a "goer" in English, and "becoming" is not a noun. I should have sprung for a real dictionary.
I have Ultralingua's French ap, and I use it frequently. So I expected the Italian ap to be similar. There are many gaps in the word bank in this ap. For example, key words related to current technologies are not to be found, including 'email' and 'software.' Even if the Italian equivalents are cognates, they should be included. These are just two examples of many that I have found to be missing. Disappointed!
I have several foreign language apps and this is one of the best. It's iPad version is excellent. The verb conjugation is especially helpful with it's full-screen. I had several questions and the staff was receptive, prompt and helpful. I would definitely recommend this app to anyone studying a foreign language.
The new version wonderfully uses ipads screen and after the bug fix works well. The app is highly useful, especially the verb conjugations. The dictionary itself is large, but missing a lot of words and expressions. I hope there will be updates to fill in the gaps.
It's now also optimised for iPad. Thank you for that!
Very disappointing. Not easy to use. Many common words missing. Compares unfavorably with Larousse French English dictionary available for one-third the price.
I have been using this app for about a year, and it is absolutely the best I have seen yet. I'm studying italian grammar with a private teacher, and I rely on this app for everything. Cannot do my homework without it!! It's amazingly easy to conjugate any verb in all tenses, and the dictionary is really very precise. Easy to jump from italian to english, and look up any word by clicking on it. Latest update lets you sort your history which is nice. If you're looking for a more precise study tool and not just an inaccurate phrasebook, this is the app. The price is worth it!
Use this almost every day in learning Italian. It does not provide Italian pronunciations as it does for English. (unless I'm missing something) Maybe the program will be upgraded? I find 99% of both Italian and English words when I use this program. It took a bit of getting used to toggling back and forth from verbs pages to Italian/English look-up pages, but once you know how to use it, it great!
This is a disappointing program ... about a third of the simple everyday words one looks up -- words like "afford" -- aren't in the dictionary. I get better results from the FREE translation program I downloaded than I do from this. It's the worst value of any iPhone program I have.
Review of version 1.1 Well, my Italian fiancée visited me for the holidays so I purchased this App for those times when we needed clarification. Unfortunately, it was only marginally useful as it found less than 25-percent of the words we entered. I see the developer offers a larger and more full-featured (6.1mb vs. 1.9mb) offering, although I don’t feel inclined to pay another 25-bucks on top of the $19.99 already invested. I’ll hold off until another variant from another vendor comes along. - Not Recommended Regards, ~DD
For twenty dollars, I was expecting this to be my main dictionary, but I'm still left dry on many words. Increase the vocab a bit and this would be worth it. Other than that, I like it.
This is an extremely helpful dictionary. I have used it extensively for intermediate Italian homework and out of 500 words or more that I looked up it only missed one (minestrone). It is also tense-aware and the various conjugations of verbs is invaluable. It also understands plural nouns so if you type in “case” (houses--plural) it goes to “casa” (house) with the correct definition. There was just an upgrade released adding a forward / back and history feature among some other improvements. Although a bit expensive it does way more than any pocket dictionary.
I live in Italy and was hoping for a decent dictionary, especially for the steep price tag. This is not. I have yet to find a word that I have searched for. Do not bother.
Seems like a good app but it would really be helpful if you could navigate backwards and forwards through screens you've viewed.
Two major reasons to get this: 1. You always have your iphone with you, so it eliminates the need to carry an additional pocket-sized dictionary around with you; 2. If you enter some conjugated verb, it will tell you what the verb is -- for example, type in 'fu' it it tells you that it is a form of 'to be' (it is the 3rd singular remote past). No small print dictionary does this -- try to look up 'fu' in a pocket dictionary and you don't get anything (though some of the bigger and better print dictionaries have SOME odd verb conjugations listed, but this has all of them, as far as I can tell). This is very helpful if, like me, you don't have all the many tenses and conjugations memorized. However, there are 2 things that keep me from giving this a 5/5. First, relative to the last point, while it will tell you that, for instance, 'fu' is a form of 'to be', it doesn't tell you what form. You need to click on the conjugations tab, and then go through the different conjugations until you see where it is. This only takes 30 seconds or so, but it could be much easier. Still, a print dictionary won't even tell you what verb it is. But even so, it seems that instead of just telling you that it is a form of 'to be', it could also just tell you the conjugation. Presumably it knows this information in order to tell you it is a form of 'to be' to begin with. Second, it is not a replacement for a BIG, GOOD print dictionary, since the entries it has don't go into the kind of detail and examples that a good large dictionary will. Again, this seems correctable. Just adding a few megabits to the file size. If they were to make these two very makable adjustments, this application would be an amazing product that could replace even large good print dictionaries. Hopefully they will. Then I'll change my score to 5/5. But until then, it still is extremely useful, easily merits a 4/5, and is well worth getting.
This little app is awesome and definitely worth the money! Look up a word, tap the desired verb to conjugate - a much faster process than using a paper dictionary. Just think how much money you've paid for your books that take forever to flip through! If you're a serious student or a scholar, I can't tell you how much time and effort you will save! I now don't have to carry half the books to my Italian lesson, this is incredible! Get this thing now, you won't regret it!
Yes, I admit that I would like the price to be lower as well, but I think for $20, this application has plenty of features to make me happy. I travel on the airplane a lot and so the offline access is very valuable for me. The ability to lookup for words in the airplane without having to bring an additional paper dictionary is a wonderful thing. And some of the places that I travel do not necessary have the wifi or the data access (e.g. when I am not in the US). The app is better than the online dictionary since I could look up the word faster via the search without having to wait for the response to come back from the server. The integrated conjugation is a welcome addition though I would like to be able to look all type of tenses without having to tap the type of tenses that I want to see.
i bought this even though it was a little expensive. i hope it gets an update and when it does, the words are read to u, because that would make learning this a lot easier
I've been using Ultralinga for years now and it was one of the applications I missed the most when I gave up my Treo for my iPhone. I've been PRAYING that Ultralingua have an app someday for the iPhone. The conjugator is great and the upgrades have always been spot on. However... $30 BUCKS!!! As much as I love Ultralingua, I have to think that somebody will come up with a similiar application at a price equal to most of the iPhone applications. Sorry Ultra, but I'll jump ship in a heartbeat.