Arabic Dictionary is an iPhone app developed by iThinkdiff. Whether you are a native speaker of English or Arabic, this helpful app can help you translate common words, phrases, and even idioms between these two languages.
In addition to a simple search/scroll interface that lets you see tons of phrases and vocab words, you can also find tons of proper nouns for countries and places around the world. There are around 95,000 words in both languages in this app, which is great.
Arguably, the best feature in Arabic Dictionary is the audio: for every entry, you can hear both the English and Arabic versions of a phrase. This is ideal for people who are trying to learn just a few key phrases in either language, but don’t have the time to master the written alphabet. The audio also helps to ensure proper pronunciation of key vocab words, something that might have been lost without an audio component to the app.
But despite the fact that this is a dictionary tool, this app actually has a robust suite of language learning tools besides the dictionary. For example, there’s a “word of the day” feature, along with flash cards and multiple choice quizzes and random word quizzes.
The latest version of the app is Version 8.0, which boasts a completely redesigned interface. I’m a fan of this interface: I hadn’t played around with the app prior to this iteration, but it’s solid.
If you’re not sure whether Arabic Dictionary is right for you, there’s a free version of the app that you can check out before you drop $4.99 on the paid/full version. If you’re trying to boost your language skills, this inexpensive reference is a great investment.
Arabic Dictionary is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.