One of the iPhone apps that helped save the day countless times when we were in China was TaxiBook, effectively a language tool to facilitate communication with taxi drivers and vendors with tips covering a range of popular landmarks and restaurants. We did our best to pronounce the words ourselves after listening to the audio dictionary but still needed to use the dialogue option to make our needs fully understood.
While most Parisians speak enough English to direct you and make fun of you (kidding! Sort of...), getting around has just gotten easier with the Visit Paris by Métro free mobile app by the RATP, the city's transportation authority. It's available in several languages and most of the features are available offline so you don't have to worry about connecting to wifi while you're on-the-go. Just be prudent when whipping out your phone on the streets or on the metro - neither locals nor visitors are safe from the deft hands of the pickpockets these days.
Download the app HERE and check out the video above for details. Happy traveling!
Other Paris apps :
The Food Lover's Guide to Paris
Mov'in Paris (Vélib)
Aéroports de Paris
My Little Paris
Word Reference (FR/EN Dictionary)
The Paris Journal (for dreamers)