kool idea, so much more chic than carrying a phrase guide

Posted by Nuke666 on February 28, 2005 at 2:21 AM (PDT) Comment 1

You don't look like a foreigner when you use it, either.

Posted by punkrockavocado on February 28, 2005 at 10:04 AM (PDT) Comment 2

i used the free sampler and when i hit play or select shuffle songs, it usually plays the phrases because when you select to hear how to speak the phrase, it finds it in the ipods music librar,. there are about 100 phrases and they get in the way. if you have a shuffle also it can autofill the ipod with a phrase or two. but it is great for international trips

Posted by evilsquirrel on February 28, 2005 at 3:04 PM (PDT) Comment 3

"library" sorry

Posted by evilsquirrel on February 28, 2005 at 3:04 PM (PDT) Comment 4

This sounds fantastic, but I imagine that thousands more would buy it in a second if only they had an all-these-languages to English Language Pack as well, with English pronunciations.

Posted by Islareina on February 28, 2005 at 9:45 PM (PDT) Comment 5

Looks like a good idea to me, even though you could produce somewhat of an alternative yourself, it's still going to be useful for countless amounte of people, business travelers etc. Of course, you wouldn't want to keep the phrases on there, as somebody has already mentioned it would play if you like to shuffle your songs, but it's easy and fast enough to stuff it full of spanish, french or phrases for wherever you're going. I can also see that additional langauge packs could be released in the future if the thing hit off..

Posted by Minty Fresh Man on March 1, 2005 at 6:49 AM (PDT) Comment 6

I bought iLingo directly from "XtremeMac" about a month ago. Altough it's a great idea, as the reviewer noted there are some pretty hefty drawbacks, but taken into account the inherent limitations of the iPod, you can't really blame iLingo for it.

My major gripes are:

1. That the ability to use the "Notes" section is completely negated.

2. It put literally 400-500 new "songs" onto your iPod that are annoying to get rid of if you manually sync your iPod. You have to go in and MANUALLY delete literally 400-500 iLingo tracks!! Talk about annoying, exhaustive and a horrible way to waste your time.

3. The interface, although you think at first is cool, really isn't. Having to hit the "Menu" button SEVERAL TIMES everytime you want to hear the next phrase or a new phrase starts to seriously grate on your nerves. Trust me. The interfeace can be infuriation, and this is from personal experience with the full, paid version.

Outside of the well documented oddities and annoyances, iLingo is a good little piece of software for those that want to "learn" the basic phrases of a language without looking like a complete tourist or for those that just want to learn basic phrases on their own. I personally give the software a B-.

Posted by FallN on March 4, 2005 at 9:20 AM (PDT) Comment 7

I actually *like* the foreign phrases popping up in shuffle. Kind of a cool remix, especially when you get a couple of different languages in between songs. People at my parties seem to like it. The double takes when a Spanish phrase follows Japanese in rapid fire between songs are really quite funny.

I agree with FallN that the interface loses its appeal very quickly. This is good software. While the hierarchy is good for looking things up, learning a language is all about repetition. As it stands this is like looking things up in the dictionary every time you want to say something.

I'd just like to have the track names be the phrase so I could "remix" it. I think playlists are the answer. You could then construct your own "lesson" and play the phrases in the order of your own choosing. (Imagine dragging the clips for one through ten... Think you know it? Make another playlist counting down from ten to one.)

It would make it way more useful while listening in a car or running, for example, or any time you couldn't/didn't want to dig around the Notes interface.

English clips of the phrases would make this even more useful. You could create the classic learn-language-in-your-car kind of tape. "One: Un. Two: Deux..." I am sure I'd learn to count to ten in Mandarin in about 10 minutes if it was constantly repeated. (Then I could play that crazy-assed chinese counting/drinking game.)

Shuffle could become a pop quiz -- you'd hear it, and then could look down on the retitled clip to see the translation...

Posted by johnny0 on March 13, 2005 at 11:25 PM (PDT) Comment 8

I've been using the Japanese version of iLingo for a few months now and I've come up with a way to regain the use of your notes folder and continue to use iLingo without manually renaming the folders.

This is pretty simple, but you may want to make a backup copy of the Notes folder containing iLingo just in case.

1. Mount your iPod with iLingo installed on your computer in Disk Mode.
2. Open the Notes folder.
3. Make a new Notes folder inside the Notes folder.
See the screenshot here:

4. Open the file called Main.linx in Text Edit or Word Pad.
5. Add the line shown in red to the bottom of the file. (If you have iLingo for any language other than Japanese the list will look a little different).
See screenshot here:

6. Save the file.
7. Add any text files that you want to access as notes on your iPod to the Notes>Notes folder.
8. Eject your iPod.

Now when you open iLingo you will find "Notes" as a link at the bottom of the normal language options on the main menu. Click on that and you'll see the text files that you put in the new Notes folder.

I hope this helps.

Posted by chris keck on March 26, 2005 at 8:14 PM (PDT) Comment 9

I am having problems installing ilingo on my pod. The phrase files are on the pod but nothing is in notes and I have no menu. I would appreciate any help.
Thank you!

Posted by mshukers on August 14, 2005 at 3:59 PM (PDT) Comment 10

mshukers, did you find the answers you needed? there's a FAQ at

Posted by kbw on September 19, 2005 at 12:55 PM (PDT) Comment 11

Anyone buy iLingo from Amazon?

They have the 6-language Euro pack for just $24.99. Seems like a real good deal, even if you never use Russian or Portuguese.

Posted by wco81 on October 16, 2005 at 4:33 PM (PDT) Comment 12

I am confused. Your review says that only one language can be used at a time - yet the product description on Amazon says 4 languages are installed at once... and the Talking Panda FAQ says that only one "product" can be installed at a time -- which I take to mean you can't use both the Asia and Europe packs simultaneously. The reason I am asking is because I am travelling to Asia (multiple countries) soon and there is no way I can stop by a computer to change b/t languages from country to country!!!

Posted by Dj DynaMix on November 8, 2005 at 8:26 AM (PDT) Comment 13
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