Travelling is a fascinating thing. Going to new place, meeting new people, experiencing new culture has a charm of its own. But, sometimes the linguistic barrier is too strong and comes across as an obstacle. You might learn a few phrases or names of a few basic items, but how sure are you that you will ask for coffee, when what you wanted was tea.
Now thanks to IconSpeak, you will no longer end up asking for directions to a washroom when you wanted to ask for directions to a restaurant. IconSpeak is a t-shirt that has 40 universal icons printed on it, making communication easier. You don’t need to ask for anything, just point.
The story behind the idea of this T-shirt involves three friends, broken motorcycle, Vietnamese backcountry and the frustration of not being able to communicate. In the words of these friends- George, Steven and Florian, “Many times we were confronted with a language barrier that was only to be overcome by drawing signs, symbols or icons on a piece of paper, map, or into the dirt. We thought it would be great to have an essential set of icons with you, permanently, so that you could just point on whatever you need – and people would understand. Soon the notepad was pulled out again and we started listing more or less essential icons that would have been of great help during not just ours, but basically anyone’s trip. With the second round of Mekong-buckets arriving, the ideas started flowing vividly. All the essential symbols and icons on a shirt, that would be fun and could be really useful at the same time – that would be great, cheers!”
So, it is time to make a new addition to your wardrobe so that the next time you travel, you go to a restaurant when hungry and a washroom when full!
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