Phrase Helper is a communication support tool for the iPhone and iPod Touch. When you're in a pinch, you can use it to find the English phrase you want to communicate and, by tapping it, have the phrase spoken in Japanese.
For example, when you're travelling abroad, you might fall ill or get injured. No one wants to end up in that situation, but it can happen to anyone. In such situations, you need advanced conversational skills in a foreign language that go beyond basic daily conversation in order to ask for help, to go to a hospital, and to communicate your symptoms.
Here are some situations in which you may end up wishing you had Phrase Helper:
• You've run into trouble and need to call for help.
• You're in a hurry to communicate your current situation.
• You want to go to a hospital and receive medical treatment.
• You want to correctly communicate your symptoms at the hospital.
• You want the doctor to communicate your diagnosis to you.
• You want to buy medicine at a local pharmacy.
Phrases are divided into several broad categories according to situation: Emergency Situations, At the Hospital Reception Desk, In the Examination Room, Post-Examination, At the Pharmacy, and From the Doctor. Subcategories are provided for phrases that convey more detailed nuances so that you can describe in detail parts of the body and different symptoms. The application also features a wide variety of phrases for conveying the degree and frequency of symptoms. In the unlikely situation you have to be hospitalized, these are the minimal phrases you'll need.
After your examination, you'll also want the doctor to explain your symptoms. At that time, you can hand your iPhone to the doctor. We've included phrases for doctors that will be spoken in English when the doctor chooses a Japanese phrase.
Phrase Helper is an essential app to have along when you travel to Japan. It should also come in useful for people who live in Japan but don't have confidence in their conversational skills when visiting the hospital.