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The Worldictionary iPhone app is an Instant Translation and Search application by Penpower Technology Ltd.

Penpower Technology also bought us the WorldCard Mobile – Business card reader.

This interesting application defines and translates words by pointing your iPhone at some text without having to type it in manually.

It has a cute magnifiying glass on screen which has a reticle to precision point the actual word that you wish to translate.

This application translates using many languages such as Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, French, Germany, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, Polish, Hungarian, Russian, Czech, Slovak, and Romanian.

It will speak the word that you are looking up which a helpful addition to a translator.

After you have the translation you can then tap the word, and it will bring up more information in the dictionary, Wikipedia or Utube.

Another way of looking up translations is to take a photo of the text or select an image that is already on your iPhone to look up particular words from a text.

Worldictionary will save your words for you in your records, which you can search or build your own word database.

This is a fun and helpful application, which I’m not sure I would have a purpose for but I believe it would be suited for someone who is somewhat fluent in a language but occasionally needs help, for instance a student or someone living abroad. I can see this application being a help to those people.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.

Not recommended for iPhone 3G/iPod Touch 4th Gen. due to the camera’s inability to auto-focus.

Please Note: Network connection is required.

This application cost £3.99 on itunes – Worldictionary – instant translation.