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Point it: Traveller's Language Kit - The Original Picture Dictionary [Paperback]

Dieter Graf
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Aug. 1 2009
You may be fluent in many languages but sometimes you could find yourself "off the beaten track" where you can't communicate. "Point it", with 1300 items to point at, is the answer. Everyone in the world will understand you. This passport-sized assistant is used not only by tourists but also by UN peacekeeping forces, Olympic athletes and speech therapists. The book is the result of the author's extensive travels in the five continents

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5.0 out of 5 stars Job done June 22 2014
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This little guide is pretty impressive. Used it in china, not knowing any of the language while traveling for a month on bicyle and this little book was of great use to find anything from a bike shop, an ATM, a hotel room or a toilet.

Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars great tool Oct. 12 2013
Excellent, a handy tool for travels. I would recommend for anyone that is planning to be on the move and in multiple settings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars handy! Feb. 8 2013
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very cheap, compact useful guide for those travelling abroad. if you are travelling to a country where you cant speak the language this will come in very handy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted Nov. 10 2012
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My husband and I are about to embark on a 3 month backpacking trip so the fact that is is small and travel friendly is perfect! Exactly as pictured. LOVE IT!
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3.0 out of 5 stars I prefer it over the "wordless travel book".. Aug. 31 2011
By SS - Published on Amazon.com
I couldn't decide between Point it and the Wordless Travel Book so I bought both. At first I liked the abstract pictures in the wordless travel book more and thought the real pictures in Point it were too confusing to look at and absorb immediately to locate items. This makes it difficult for the receiver to identify the picture quickly as well. Wordless has cartoons tht are well spaced and identifiable. However, Point It it has more pics overall and that comes in useful. For example, point it has a picture of tofu (which would be hard to depict as a cartoon). So I think I prefer this one. I quickly came to memorise the book so it was easy for me to locate pics, though it is still quite difficult for the the person responding. The book is just very 'busy'.

A useful tip is to have someone translate key phrases into the foreign language so that you could point to a phrase you need to use over and over. For example, I have "light sugar" translated because I find everything to be too sweet in many countries. Also I think printing and cutting out a little red X and a little green check mark are useful with the book. Otherwise it is really difficult to communicate when you don't want something which seems to come up often when travelling.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book is comprehensive; pictures are small Dec 4 2010
By Cleveland Rocks - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book really helpful. It's smaller and thinner than I expected, and the pictures are small, but it was a great universal tool. I mostly used it to show people where I was from, indicate what I wanted to drink, clarify what type of meat I was ordering from menus, and ask where I could find a Western-style toilet.

Book contents:
Food - Table setup, animals & meats, grains, beverages, vegetables & fruits, nuts

Hotel - Bathroom fixtures, room type, bed sizes, room fixtures, amenities, camping gear, trailers & tents

Transportation - Trains, cars, vans, taxis, boats, planes, buses, bikes, gondolas, parking lots, problematic situations (being boxed in, car accident, etc.), weather


Leisure & sport

Help & first aid

Several maps of the world and continents
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for people who can't speak! Oct. 24 2013
By Leigh - Published on Amazon.com
I am a speech pathologist and have actually had great success getting my aphasia patients to use it. It's so portable and has such a vast array of items/ situations -- it's a perfect low-tech augmentative communication solution.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of its kind Feb. 1 2010
By P. C..S. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was the first of its kind I ever used, taking it to Asia and North Africa with me many years ago. Since then, a number of similar travel aids have appeared on the market, but none as effective as this one. It is the best in terms of size, layout and general usefulness. Since it's first edition, Point It has been updated and improved, with more pictures geared toward travel in the Far East. There are spaces in the dictionary section where additional translations of selected words can be written in, say, in Arabic or Chinese. The Olympic committee should have provided a copy of Point It to everyone who bought tickets to the BJ games, and I strongly advise anyone who has never been to the Middle or Far East to make the investment before setting out.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travel aide March 25 2011
By cyn ann - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a gift for a friend who travels worldwide quite a lot. She thought it was a nifty gift. The book is small enough that it would fit into a day pack or purse easily. But, because it is small, the pictures are also small. Not so small that they aren't useful. Just don't expect large pictures. I just really quickly looked at it, but from what I could tell, there's no index. So you'd have to familiarize yourself with the book to be able to quickly find the picture you need. Otherwise, I think it would be a handy travel aide. It has the typical "needs" pictured - food choices, bathrooms, etc.
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