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Flashcards – Braking the Language Barrier

Flash Cards

(downloadable PDFs of the flashcards here)

Like most travelers we carry a couple of translation books while on the road

For this trip we are carrying Mandarin, Russian, and Turkish to keep us occupied during the quiet nights in the tent, or as something useful to read while sitting in a restaurant. Some would say you don’t even really need translation books as body language should do the job. That’s what I thought too, at least until I traveled China in 2009. Body language is not universal.

Flash Cards

Introducing Jared & Katie’s really quick (but useful) flashcard phrases to get the job done.

Flash Cards

(downloadable PDFs of the flashcards here)

We put together a few flashcards and phrases based on previous experience for those times where you want to get your point across quickly and don’t want to rummage through a book.

Can we camp here?
Can we drink the water?
I’d like to eat…
Can we have 1 room for 2 people?
What is this called?
Can you write it down?
Where can we find…

  • vegetables
  • meat
  • bread
  • cheap accommodation
  • the internet
  • a big supermarket
  • gasoline
  • a restaurant

Flash Cards

With the help of a few friends and the Warmshowers Community we got the above phrases translated into Chinese, Russian, Turkish, and German.

Flash Cards

We also had a few personal sentences translated.

We are a married couple on a cycle tour for our honeymoon.
I am an English Teacher from New Zealand. I live in South Korea.
We just got married.

Flash Cards

Download the Flashcards

We created the flash cards using Open Office Calc (spreedsheet) and saved them as printable PDF files. All files including the original Open Office document can be downloaded here for free. We hope you find these useful.

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Complete Open Office Spreedsheet

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Flashcard Pictures
Not all of our cards
had a picture

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Translated Sentences
Part 1

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Translated Sentences
Part 2

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Our Extra
Personal Sentences