The idea behind TalkMan is a great one. Imagine if you could carry a translator around with you on holiday, so you didn't have to spend ages flicking through phrase books, working out correct pronunciations, or SHOUTING VERY SLOWLY AT FOR-EIGN-ERS. Your PSP would always be there to help you order a sandwich, chat up a lady/gentleman, or explain to a doctor that your leg doesn't normally bend that way - whatever the situation, you'd never be at a loss for words.
Unfortunately things haven't quite worked out that way. TalkMan is like having a translator who's partially deaf and has only completed units 1 to 3.4 of his Tricolore book. True, it works as an electronic phrasebook - but only if you're prepared to faff around switching between screens a lot, and if the person you're talking to is prepared to wait patiently while you do so.
Before getting into all that, though, here's how TalkMan works. It comes bundled with a neat little microphone that slots into the top of your PSP, and the European version features more than 3000 phrases in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Japanese.