- 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: 3.7 x 0.2 x 5.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,473,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Point It: Traveller's Language Kit (English, Spanish, French and German Edition) (German) Paperback – April 6, 1999
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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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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.