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Point it: Traveller's Language Kit - The Original Picture Dictionary - Bigger and Better (English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Russian Edition) Paperback – August 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Graf Editions; 16th edition edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian
  • ISBN-10: 3980880273
  • ISBN-13: 978-3980880275
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 4.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is not only the cheapest book currently in print and included in this volume, it is possibly the bestselling photobook of all time. - The photobook- A History volume II<BR>Warranting ten out of ten for imaginative traveling accessories, -point it- page-upon-page useful pictures. City Life, Manchester<BR>The solution is so simple that only a genius would have conceived it, a little book filled with photographs of everything you could ever want. The Guardian London<BR>Graf's creation contains 1300 photos of useful items. You'll never have to mime -roast chicken- again. HQ Magazine Sydney<BR>Let your pictures do the talking...Evening Standard London --From the Publisher

About the Author

Dieter Graf is an architect and world traveler. point it reflects the experience he gained traveling in approximately 100 countries and spending three months going around the world by train.

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It is really nice and small.
Alex Drysdale
If you're not confident about speaking in the native language of the country you're traveling to, this book is a must!
Marnie F. Biando
So you'd have to familiarize yourself with the book to be able to quickly find the picture you need.
cyn ann

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By SS on August 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cleveland Rocks on December 4, 2010
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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

Shopping

Leisure & sport

Help & first aid

Several maps of the world and continents
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leigh on October 24, 2013
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Green on October 24, 2013
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I have used this book many times. It is invaluable even when you know some of the language. I was in Umbria at a deli counter once and knew how to say that I wanted cheese, but didn't know how to specify "goat" cheese. I pointed to the picture of a goat in "Point It" and my dilemma was instantly solved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Hochman on October 2, 2013
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Used this a number of times and it really worked! The people I would use it with really got a kick out of it making the interaction light and fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lou on March 6, 2013
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I love Point It! I bought it for Costa Rica, but found I actually knew more Spanish than I had originally thought. However, I still used Point It on a daily basis to discuss new delicious fruits, show where my hometown was on a map, and teach new vocabulary to my one-on-one students. It was always a conversation starter. I know it will come in handy again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. C. Stricker on February 1, 2010
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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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cyn ann on March 25, 2011
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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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