Have you ever found yourself in a foreign place, without knowledge of the local language and in need of a chicken leg? This travel tool has got you covered!
But seriously, beyond its usefulness to chicken connoisseurs, the Point It travel aid book (now also an app) seems quite nifty.
It’s a picture dictionary that contains images of 1300 common items to assist travellers with making themselves understood when they don’t know the local language.
It’s not the only tool of its type - there a few other publishers who have similar versions of this type of wordless dictionary product on the market, as well.
While some reviewers on online retail outlets say Point It’s value is diminished because it lacks an index, we note one reviewer on Amazon says:
”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.”
For our money, any tool that facilitates enjoyment of Umbrian goat’s cheese is worth its weight in gold.
And this online user review, from a speech pathologist, praises the book for its use outside travel:
"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."
Have you used Point It or similar pictorial tools when you haven’t got the words you need? Did you find it useful? Hit us up in the comments or our ask box.