Me No Speak in the News

  • Thrillist.com

    October 2010
    "A super-handy travel tool, the publisher of these passport-sized picture-laden booklets just dropped titles for Korea, France, Italy, Turkey, and "Spanish", in case your travel is through time back to high school classes. Embrace your lack of language skills at MeNoSpeak.com "
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  • San Francisco Chronicle

    October 2009
    "These slim, passport-size books are ideal for travelers who are unable (or unwilling) to learn a language before visiting a foreign country but who want to be able to communicate the basics. Instead of frantically thumbing a phrase book for, say, "The ATM ate my debit card" in Japanese, pop open the Me No Speak book and point to what you want to say." by Eliza Hussman
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  • Thrillist.com

    October 2009
    "SF's own Me No Speak are iPhoning their ingenious point-to-picture communication aids, starting with China. Just scroll to whatever entity you'd otherwise ineptly be trying to mime (700 total...everything from "Airport" to obscure regional dishes) and up pops the appropriate Chinese characters, plus an audio translation -- perfect, since you'd really like everyone in a 10 ft radius to know you need "Toilet, promptly."
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  • Trendhunter.com

    October 2009
    "In a bid to make communication easier, the very inventive and useful “Me No Speak” iPhone application contains a cache of 750 talking flashcards that allow you to point to your phone in an attempt to get your question across."
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  • Gadling.com

    March 2009

    "Chances are, you've been there--that awkward moment in another country when you don't speak the local language, and the person across from you doesn't speak English. Try as you might with a smile and game of charades, you're at an impasse. Game over.

    Or else, maybe you tried one last attempt: drawing it. That's the premise behind Me No Speak.

    The mini-guide takes the words most likely to come out of a traveler's mouth, and puts them in illustration and writing--both English and the local language (Chinese, Japanese, or Thai). That way, the only thing you have to do is point."
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  • Matador Network / Matador Goods

    September 2008
    "A clever (and creative!) series designed by Cheryn Flanagan and Benjamin Kolowich, the Me No Speak guides are picture books for adults with drawings of common, day-to-day items like cash, water, and transportation." by Lola Akinmade
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  • Time.com

    July 2008
    "A high-end translation device is essential when you want to dive into a new culture, but when you just need to get to the bathroom there are faster, less expensive ways to communicate your urgent need. The Menospeak books may sound like they were inspired by Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's, but they're a simple, culturally respectful way to navigate through China, Japan and Thailand — where the degree of difficulty on the language barrier is compounded by the fact that most English speakers can't even read signs." by Josh Tyrangiel
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  • Thrillist.com

    July 2008
    "No matter how cultured a traveler might be, heading to Asia inevitably reduces him to a sweaty man running around pointing, gesturing, and delighting locals with his hilarious futility. Point more effectively, with Me No Speak."
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  • Coolhunting.com

    May 2008
    "In preparation for an upcoming trip to Beijing, I was recently given a Me No Speak Language Companion. A twist on the traditional phrase book format and design, the Me No Speak book provides small illustrations labeled in both English and Chinese so that you can point to images when trying to communicate..." by Tim Yu
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  • All Business.com

    2007
    "With the upcoming 2008 Olympics in Beijing, this book is sure to help many an incentive winner, and other corporate-hosted attendee, survive the day-to-day challenges of travel in China." by Vincent Alonzo
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  • Jaunted.com

    2007
    "We already know and accept that English language skills in China aren't perfect. And most of us have a fairly poor knowledge of Mandarin, right? So how will we communicate with our hosts when we travel to China in hordes in conjunction with the 2008 Beijing Olympics? Authors of the Me No Speak: China "phrasebook" think they have the answer..." by AmandaK
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  • Viator.com

    2007
    "If you're heading to China this year, we have something you should add to your packing list. It's a new picture-based phrase book for English speakers who want to get their point across in a Beijing taxi or a Shanghai noodle bar. What makes this phrasebook different (and better) is that it doesn't require you to speak the language." by Scott McNeely
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  • Tim Leffel's Cheapest Destinations

    2007
    "...It's a cool little pocket-sized item that could be a godsend for traveling through China. Instead of you trying to get your tongue around their sing-songy language and trying in vain to decipher characters that might as well be Martian, you can point to pictures to make your point." by Tim Leffel
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  • About.com | Budget Travel Resolutions for 2007

    2006
    "...It's a cool little pocket-sized item that could be a godsend for traveling through China. Instead of you trying to get your tongue around their sing-songy language and trying in vain to decipher characters that might as well be Martian, you can point to pictures to make your point." by Mark Kahler
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