Point It by Dieter Graf

A common fear about traveling is coming face-to-face with a unbreakable communication barrier. Not being able to speak the local language can be intimidating but with Point It in your pocket, you can go ahead and start packing your bags.

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Point It isn't a regular language dictionary; it's a picture dictionary. The idea is that whether you are hungry for baked beans or simply want to check out some performance art, all you need to do is point it out in the book and the friendly locals will show you on your way.

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Yet we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that Point It is also hilarious. The dated photos and the helpful but random groupings of scenarios and items combine to make this book worthy of a good chuckle.

Point It makes a great gift for someone traveling abroad. They might laugh at first but they'll be glad to have it when they find themselves needing pantyhose, cigarettes, and/or snow chains.


Re-edited from a post originally published 08.16.07. JB

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