Subject: Pocket Translators
I assume you are talking about the little credit size card devices which sell in the US for about $20. We bought one a couple of years ago, and, in contrast to the negative evaluation of Andrew McGarrell , I found it very useful. It has a rather impressive vocabulary. I fumble my way through French and Italian (some would say English as well), but I don't get enough practice to have terms on the tip of my tongue. You won't find rarer expressions nor, what can be important, curses (the wonderful book _Merde_ does a great job in telling you when you are being cursed at in Italian), but it is far better than a dictionary.

Ira H. Bernstein, Ph. D. Professor of Psychology UT-Arlington