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Point It: Traveller's Language Kit (English, Spanish, French and German Edition) Paperback – April 6, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Graf Editions; 5th rev. edition (April 6, 1999)
  • Language: English, Spanish, French, German
  • ISBN-10: 3980313026
  • ISBN-13: 978-3980313025
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...contains 1200 photos of useful items in all their variations. You'll never have to try to mime "roast chicken" again." -- HQ Magazine, Australia

"A simple but effective idea." -- The Times, London

"Compact, pocket-sized and very light, it contains pictures of anything you might need." -- The Linguist, Summer, 1999, England

"Help is finally at hand for frustrated tourists in London who don't speak a word of English or Brits abroad who are too lazy to learn the language. Instead of struggling with awkward pronunciations, all you have t o do, thanks to a revolutionary picture guide-book called Point It, is to point to a picture of what you want." -- Evening Standard, London, February 17, 1999

"I will treasure my copy of Graf's little book." -- The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, January 31, 1999, London

"Warranting 10/10 for imaginative travelling accessories, "point it" features page-upon-page of useful pictures." -- City Life, Manchester, England

As someone who has travelled to more than 40 countries, both in Europe and the non-Western world, I have found point it to be very useful and easy to carry. It has taken the suspense out of ordering dinner in remote areas of Burma. Instead of guessing what I'm ordering or trying to act like, say, a chicken, I can just point to a photograph of one. And I'm not sure that I ever would have gotten the "top sheet" I needed upriver in Borneo without it.

But point it is equally useful in Paris, Rome or Cancun - anyplace you don't speak the language and want to be sure that you can still communicate. --From the Publisher

From the Author

If you have ever been in a small shop in Asia trying to buy a safety pin, you will understand why I created point it. The idea came to me during a vacation in India in 1976, where, because of the large number of languages and dialects and the low literacy rate, it is common to use symbols to express one's needs.

During the next 16 years, I photographed many strange things while travelling, such as oxen and trucks serving as a bus. Sometimes it was very risky to photograph ordinary, non-tourist things, like passengers in an Indian taxi or Chinese policemen. I was arrested in Nigeria while photographing a jeep that, unfortunately, belonged to the chief of police. On the Trans-Siberian railway I was saved from misfortune by a French tour guide, who also spoke Russian and warned me that it was forbidden to photograph railway stations. In the Munich train station, a well-dressed woman asked why I photographed her compartment - she thought I was a detective sent by her husband!

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By selvana on February 25, 2005
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my husband and I just got back from Eastern Europe and let me tell you, we were VERY glad to have Point It with us. He teased me when I bought it but did he change his mind when he found out how useful it was as we were driving around looking for gas and the bank, not to mention getting the right thing when you order a drink in a bar. Also saves you the trouble of having to learn off all those hard to pronounce words that you forget anyway.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Markovitz on September 13, 2005
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This book is small enough to carry in any pocket. The pictures are all photographs, so no problems with hard to interpret drawings. They show many variations on common items. For instance, it includes pictures of many types of sanitary fixtures, making it easy to point to the kind in the country you are visiting.

I hope it's not out of print...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Thompson on September 19, 2008
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This booklet measure approx. 5" x 4" & is 64 pages long. It contains 4 major catagories: Food, Hotel, Transportation, & Shopping-Entertainment. In the back there are maps of the world, & continents. There is even a page of human anatomy (inside & out) so if you're sick you can point where. There are pictures of virtually everything the normal traveller would want -laundermat, iron, bank, tailor, fruits & veggie pics, catsup, stamps etc! And for the not so normal traveller, how about snow chains, snakes, rickshaw, or ear plugs? This books provides peace of mind. I'm buying another as a gift!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Charles on January 27, 2005
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Wish I had this years ago when I was gesturing in restaurants and getting some unrecognisable results. It is really a great help wherever language is a barrier and has a very wide variety of conversation possibilities, from shopping and eating to color charts and those dreaded parking and police problems. etc. .. It is also lightweight and easy to carry in a pocket so one does not look like the gaping tourist.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on August 8, 2005
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I travel quite a lot. I don't always have the most essential words for comfort and hygiene. This little booklet was useful in many places around the world. In Japan it saved my life! Recommend it very highly for all travellers, tourist and business people alike.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2002
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An essential travel companion, especially when you don't speak the language. So simple; now that I have a copy, I can't believe no one thought of this years ago.
But find this book in museum gift shops for the suggested [], and don't get ripped off at this outrageous price.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Marlow on March 4, 2000
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I have studied Italian for 5 years. But I bought Point It and am using it to work with an Italian instructor to test my language translating skills because it is so comprehensive. It's my "visual vocabulary and traveler's situation" guide. My husband and I will also use it when we travel around Turkey and Greece by car.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Kelley on May 16, 2007
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Point It was used in China when we dealt with a Chinese speaking acupuncturist. The diagrams of the human body's internal structure were helpful in explaining where "it hurts" far better than our hand signals.

China's different dialects and intonation can create a problem with pronunciation. If you have a food allergy, don't depend upon your Chinese guide to always be screening the foods for you (mine didn't). My pronunciation of the words for lobster and shrimp didn't work for most of our food servers but showing them the Point It pictures, in most cases, helped.
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