A comment left on this past week's J'adore #16 regarding the hilarious napkin for cabbies, reminded me of another travel tip to share.
When I was in Suzhou for nine weeks I sometimes found myself either alone or in a small group of non-Chinese-speaking colleagues. The inhabitants of Suzhou at the time did not speak much English outside of hotels so to get to certain places and back and forth to the hotel we had notecards written out saying what we wanted or where we wanted to go. I had them all together in a little travel photo album and it worked brilliantly!
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Also, from J'adore #2 is the Point it: Traveller's Language Kit which I think would have been indispensable while I was in China and would be a great supplement to the notecards.
How about you? Got any tricks for getting around language barriers?