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The “No Speak Language Guide” is Out: Get a Copy for Free!


nospeakCommunication issues are just an everyday part of travel to countries that don’t speak English. While it is sometimes a fun little adventure trying to get from point A to point B using hand gestures and miming, there are some moments, some days when you may not want to deal with it.

Or, you just might want to be extra, extra, extra sure your meal doesn’t come with meat.

Whatever it is, you now have a tool that can help you communicate your desires and needs without words!

What exactly is the No Speak Language Guide?

icon guide exampleThe No Speak Language Guide is a 2-page, 204 icon PDF I pieced together after hours of icon-hunting. You can print the document out on one single sheet of paper, front and back, and toss it into your pocket for quick and easy reference on the road. If you lose it, or if it gets ripped or ruined, you simply find your digital doc and print it out again.

View your No Speak Language Guide on your iPhone or smartphone of choice! Simply download the PDF to your phone and pull up when in a sticky communication situation. I actually find the images appear much clearer when viewed on a digital device!

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There are images for several important categories such as an entire page dedicated to food: fruits, vegetables, meats, drinks, utensils, breads, etc. The second page focuses on activities, accommodation, transportation and electronics.

But, aren’t you all about trying to learn foreign languages?

Yes, yes I am. That said, if you’re traveling from country to country, it’s not easy to keep key words and phrases on the tip of your tongue. That’s when the No Speak Language Guide comes in handy!

Get a copy, for FREE!

I’m giving away a free download to the first 50 people to comment on this post, giving an example of a time when this might have been useful! I’ll use the email address associated with the comment and send out a free download coupon to the first 50. Easy!

Updated: The No Speak Language Guide is now totally free! You can download your copy from Ejunkie!
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Looking forward to reading your responses and making your travels just a little bit easier!


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105 Responses to The “No Speak Language Guide” is Out: Get a Copy for Free!

  1. Pippa October 20, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    Great idea Brooke!
    We’ve been trying to learn Spanish for a few months but we never seem to be able to fit in around blogging and studying! πŸ™‚

  2. Rachael October 20, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    Well I can’t see for sure what icons are on there, but I can say that when I was in need of a root canal in Thailand having symbols for a tooth and a doctor would have been very useful!!

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 9:51 am #

      #2 – Sent! Sorry, no image of tooth… good to know for future updates. Finding open source / royalty free icons is tough.

  3. MaryAnne October 20, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    That’s very cool. If it’s a pdf, would it be too small to see on an iPod touch or is it formatted in a way to be visible?

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 11:28 am #

      #3 Sent! – Well I can zoom in on my iPhone and the images show up nicely. Give it a try and let me know πŸ™‚ It’s just a little somethin’ somethin’ I whipped up and thought others might find useful.

  4. cailin October 20, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    I dont know if I’ve traveled to too many countries where the people didnt know some basic english so i could basically get by but I know at some point soon i could definitely put this to good use! πŸ™‚

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

      #4 – Sent! Enjoy πŸ™‚

  5. Steven Richardson October 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    I will be ttaveling throughout Europe next summer. While I know a few words in each language, this will make it easier to not be the ugly American.

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

      #5 – Sent πŸ™‚ Let me know if you put it to use!

  6. Caitlin October 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    Best idea ever! I’m planning a trip to countries where Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, French etc are spoken-so no way I can learn them all in just 1 year…this sounds super handy!!!!

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

      #6 – Sent! Hope this helps on your journey!

  7. DC October 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    # less than 50 !!

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

      I’m confused by your comment, but you are #7 – and it is sent πŸ™‚

  8. Erin October 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    Cool idea! As a vegetarian, I would find this very useful to make sure I’m understood when I ask if there is meat in a dish!

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

      #8 – Sent! Great for vegetarians πŸ™‚

  9. moothril October 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    Hahahahaaa, the time that we had to give a bribe to the train conductor in Italy to pass across the border so he wouldn’t kick us off the train.

    Also, this would be extremely useful for my Trans-Siberian trip in January and then backpacking around China afterwards! (That is, if I don’t end up getting a Point It guide – still undecided. This may sway my decision towards no. πŸ˜‰ )

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

      #9 – Sent! Wonder how it compares that guide you mention.

  10. Caroline @ traveling9to5 October 20, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    ill use it on my RTW I leave for in January !

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

      #10 – sent! Hope this can be put to good use! πŸ™‚

  11. Sarah October 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    This is a great idea. I’m vegetarian and spent 3 weeks in China – the entire time I was too scared to eat from street vendors for what I might get! This would have helped a lot!

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

      #11 – Sent! Hopefully this helps for next time!

  12. Claire October 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    I know just when this might have been useful! We stayed at a resort on Ko Lanta for a week and despite many repeated questions in different permutations, we could NOT figure out whether breakfast was included or not!

    Breakfast ended up NOT being included and we ended up with a bill for it at the end of our stay πŸ™‚ Whoops.

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

      #12 – Sent! Don’t know if this can help with that particular situation, but it should be good for many others πŸ™‚

  13. Tony October 20, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    One of the best travel-inspired ideas I’ve seen in a while. Hats off, Brooke! This will save you way more in time and frustration than the $2 you spend on it. You’ll be the envy of your dorm room…and Russian backwater town where no one speaks English πŸ™‚

  14. Mike October 20, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    Hey Brooke, thanks so much for sharing.

    I love this idea. I have seen this in book form before, but never in a PDF that is so easy to carry on your smart phone, and as you pointed out in your pocket. This could be very helpful when meeting your host family and asking about where to go in the city, or how things operate there at their house.

    • Brooke October 21, 2011 at 7:26 am #

      #13 Sent! This is a very general pdf, but your tips are giving me ideas for upgrades or themes in the future πŸ™‚

  15. Anne October 21, 2011 at 1:31 am #

    Yay! I love this idea… language is something that makes my family nervous when I bring up any travel plans.

    • Brooke October 21, 2011 at 7:28 am #

      #14 Sent – enjoy!!!

  16. Nick October 21, 2011 at 1:56 am #

    This is an awesome idea, Brooke! I met some people carrying around a chilrdren’s book on their overland RTW trip resorting to pointing to pictures in the book. This is so much more convenient and helpful in the situations travelers always seem to get themselves into.

    It would have definitely come in handy for me on one particular night getting stuck in a border town between Bulgaria and Romania at 3:00 in the morning. After a rough day of travel, sometimes miming what you want is too much. I ended up at a brothel instead of an inexpensive place to stay – however they did rent out rooms.

  17. Elizabeth October 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    This would have been very handy for cab drivers! One time in Egypt I was trying to get to this coffee shop ten minutes away from my apartment. I got turned around somewhere so I hopped in a cab figuring it’d just be easier. Instead the cab driver tried to take me to a restaurant on the Nile river, in the touristy part of town and in the complete opposite direction! How he got “Nile” and “restaurant” out of “Metro” and “cafe” I’ll never know. Finally I called the friend I was meeting. It was an interesting day!

  18. Shirlene from Idelish October 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    What a great concept! I can definitely use this on our future trips to foreign lands!

    • Brooke October 23, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

      #17 – Sent! Enjoy!

  19. Amanda October 22, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    What a cool idea, Brooke! This may have come in handy when I was in China and woefully lost… My friends and I ended up in a Chinese techno club, and I ended up being fult up by a very drunk Chinese man who wanted to take me home with him… lol.

    Also, it might be helpful next summer, when I plan to travel around Eastern Europe!

    • Brooke October 23, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

      #18 – sent! Hope this can help you out in other stressful situations.

  20. Chris October 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm #


    this no speak language guide is a great idea and and thank you for putting it together.

    I think it will be a huge benifit when traveling.



    • Brooke October 23, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

      #19 sent! Cheers!

  21. Sarahsomewhere October 23, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    Hey, is there a sphinx on there? We really could have done with one in Egypt as no matter how much we acted it out or tried to pronounce it, we ended up at a shisha bar called Sphinx bar, instead of the actual ancient monument. Go figure!

    • Brooke October 24, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

      #20 – Sent! No Sphinx, but I am loving the input for future updates and versions πŸ™‚

  22. Travis October 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    This is exactly like a picture book I usually travel with. I have an allergy to peanuts, so it’s very handy to have a picture of peanuts and any nuts that you can point to and say “NO!” Even better when you can draw a circle and line through it (ie. no smoking) around the picture, but I’m sure you can add that into the second version πŸ˜›

    Great idea! Can’t wait to check it out and give it a try.


    • Brooke October 24, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

      #21 – Sent! Yep good for allergies for sure! Loving the feedback. This is something I want to update in a more professional looking manner in the future, but this is a good all-round basic start πŸ™‚

  23. russell kiel October 25, 2011 at 12:02 am #

    we’ve been on the road for a little over three months, currently in mirtos on the south side of crete. after traveling through 7 countries so far, we’re trying to now learn greek. we study the words one typically needs, “yes,” “no,” “please,” “thank you,” “nice hair…” getting pretty good at it, too.

    yesterday, after a four hour hike the day before, we decided to hike to the next village about 2 hours away. michelle’s blisters became so bad that the idea of walking home was unthinkable without band-aids. how do you say THAT in greek in a small village.

    i hand-signed my way through a pretty good, one-man act in front of the woman with the mini-market. after a while, and god knows what comical hand gesture tipped her off, she said “AAAHHH!” reached behind the counter and pulled out band-aids.

    MAN, i was tired!

  24. Naomi October 25, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    What a good idea…something like this would definitely be useful for the vegetarians out there, but also if you ever need to find a hospital, dentist or bathroom!! πŸ˜‰

  25. Vicky October 26, 2011 at 2:24 am #

    great idea! I’m planning a rtw trip w my bf to start late next year! This would really come in handy!

  26. Gloriana October 26, 2011 at 5:59 am #

    Would love a free copy! Thanks!

  27. Gemma October 28, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    Excellent idea… Much easier than drawing little pictures to try get what yor after!!

    • Brooke November 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

      #26 – Enjoy!!!

  28. Sari November 5, 2011 at 6:51 am #

    Hi Brooke!

    I also would love a free copy πŸ™‚

    Thanks and enjoy Istanbul!

    • Brooke November 15, 2011 at 1:27 am #

      #27 – sent! Sorry for the delay πŸ™‚

  29. Lisa November 8, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    I definitely could’ve used one of these when I arrived in Prague in the middle of January and needed to find a grocery store immediately. I guess I’d point to all the food icons at once and hope that does it?

    Great idea!

    • Brooke November 15, 2011 at 1:28 am #

      #28 – sent πŸ™‚ Enjoy my dear!

  30. Meg November 11, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    This sounds fantastic! I certainly could have used this in Portugal when trying to order a beer!

    • Brooke November 15, 2011 at 1:29 am #

      #29 – there you go! Cheers πŸ™‚

  31. Alexia November 21, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    Great idea – I’m going to Prague and then around Eastern Europe in Jan/Feb, and this would be a huge help with all the different (difficult!) languages over there!

    • Brooke December 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

      #30 sent! πŸ™‚

  32. Tobias - Before I am 35 November 26, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    Suunds like a great idea. I surely wouldn’t mind getting a free copy πŸ™‚

    • Brooke December 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

      #31 – sent! Enjoy!

  33. Kandi December 2, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    This sounds very useful! I’d definitely use this because I only go to other countries with different languages for a short amount of time.

    • Brooke December 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

      #32 – sent! Cheers πŸ™‚

  34. Rolo December 5, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    Hi Brooke! May I have one of your super-cool guides please?


    • Brooke December 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

      #33 – yes, you may! Sent πŸ™‚

  35. Ro December 24, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    I love your blog Brooke and I follow you on Facebook. I have learned to make sure you learn some basic words prior to traveling. My first travel experience in 1998 was to Spain. Well being unwise about the culture and not doing research since I was traveling as a guest with a male friend who was going there on business. I was completely lost I didn’t realize the different dialect within the country and I was very embarrassed. I have since learned to do research before traveling. This guide would be helpful as I am planning a few solo trips for 2012. Wish me luck. I don’t have a travel partner so I must learn how to get out and explore the world as a Solo Traveler.

    • Brooke January 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

      #34 – sent! Enjoy!

  36. Rob January 24, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    Looks like a great idea, well thought of Brooke!

  37. David January 27, 2012 at 2:45 am #


    I stumbled across your website when seeing the 5 things about being an expat in Auz. Great read. Can I have one of your free eBooks. I’m going RTW in 6 weeks crazily excited and I’m like a sponge trying to take in as much info as possible. I like the site. Good content πŸ™‚


  38. colleen setchell February 6, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    Hi Brooke
    This is a great idea. I do like learning languages but when you travel to lots of places with different languages, its not always practical to learn then all (or possible in some situations).

    I love this idea. My brother had problems visiting Japan and printed a picture of shellfish in order to avoid eating it. There are a few things I don’t eat either and this little sheet will be fab on my travels.
    Thanks for taking the time to create it. Once received, I will do a blog post and point to your site to say thanks πŸ™‚
    Take care

  39. Shawn February 16, 2012 at 3:15 am #

    I have been working for the DoD supporting the military for the last few years in foreign countries. This is a great idea to have on a digital device to assist in communications. Can’t wait to see the additional sheets produced or upgrades. Have a great day.

    • Brooke March 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

      #38 – sent! Keep your eyes peeled for updated versions later on with more pics.

  40. Amra March 1, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    I like it a lot. Because my native language mongolian is not so common. Thats why language problem is so often when i travel.

    • Brooke March 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

      #39 – sent! Hopefully this will help you a bit. πŸ˜‰

  41. Dave March 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    Great idea. As an English speaking person living and working all over Asia, this will be much more convenient than any app that requires a connection.
    Safe travels

    • Brooke March 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

      #40 – sent! Remember this is very basic at the moment – will be upgraded later on with many more pics.

  42. sarah March 4, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    when i was in eygpt i broke my ankle (I fell off a wall!) and I couldnt explain to anyone that I needed a doctor, they all just stared and talked amounst themselves until someone who spoke english came along

    • Brooke March 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

      #41 sent! Wow, Sarah, your story scares the crap out of me — how awful! I’ll have to add in a pic for broken bone down the road me thinks πŸ˜‰

      • sarah March 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

        good idea! i should have pointed to my ankle and snapped a stick or something! oh dear, why is it we always think of these things after its happened. thanks 4 the guide, love it! πŸ™‚

  43. Steve March 4, 2012 at 12:59 am #

    Excellent idea! Sounds much easier than my constant fumbling with an iPhone dictionary.

    • Brooke March 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

      #42 Sent – Thanks, Steve. Hope you enjoy this simple travel companion πŸ™‚

  44. carly March 10, 2012 at 2:54 am #

    I want to teach English in Ukraine or Russian (that’s how I found your blog) and given that I’m vegetarian with some crazy food sensitivities this would be a god send when trying to get food using my very limited Russian and even more limited Ukraine skills. Great idea!

    • Brooke May 15, 2012 at 9:00 am #

      #43 – sent! Sorry for the delay πŸ™‚

  45. Jeremy Olexa March 22, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    I’m planning my sabbatical now, this could be handy in the near future.

    • Brooke May 15, 2012 at 9:01 am #

      #44 – sent! Sorry for the delay πŸ™‚

  46. Josh April 13, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    This sounds like a wicked idea! I’m always a fan of learning new languages when visiting new countries – well at least enough to get by, but there are some times when time or resources just don’t permit this from happening. Not only would this help in the initial communication but also in the actual learning of local languages! Great idea.

    • Brooke May 15, 2012 at 9:02 am #

      #45 – sent πŸ™‚

  47. TheBurntMap April 13, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Yayy!! I’m over to a Euro trip soon!! and look what have I got here! right on time, eh?? πŸ™‚

    • Brooke May 15, 2012 at 9:04 am #

      #46 – sent… hope this made it in time!

  48. Nancy Parrish April 20, 2012 at 5:41 am #

    What a great idea! We were in China, our luggage was lost and we didn’t speak Mandarin…this would have come in handy waiting for our daughter to arrive who was teaching English there. Can’t wait to use it on our next trip!

    • Brooke May 15, 2012 at 9:05 am #

      #47 – sent! Enjoy πŸ™‚

  49. Kris May 10, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Doing Singapore Turkey and Greece mid-year…. too many countries too many new languages πŸ˜‰ Hehe we’ve had to resort to charades with added sound effects for “train station” before. Quick-reference pics are great idea!

    • Brooke May 15, 2012 at 9:06 am #

      #48 – sent! Have fun on your travels!

  50. Arko June 1, 2012 at 5:10 am #

    Bye the end of the year my family (wife and son) and I are going to a trip to Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. As a Portuguese speakers (from Brazil), the β€œNo Speak Language Guide” would be paramount. Good job!

    • Brooke June 28, 2012 at 4:53 am #

      #49 Sent! Good luck on the trip! πŸ™‚

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