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    Posted on Apr 21, 2016

    This Translation T-Shirt Is Every Traveler's Dream Come True

    Talk travel to me.

    Have you ever made an *ass* of yourself trying to communicate in a foreign country?

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    If you're shaking your head "no", then you're lying.

    Or maybe your lexicon is ~limited~ so there's a ton of important stuff you don't know how to say?

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    Let the stress-fest begin.

    Enter the Iconspeak tee ($33), a shirt that features important icons so that you can communicate non-verbally with THE WORLD.

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    The shirt came to be when George, Steven, and Florian — three travel-obsessed friends who had met in Bern, Switzerland — went to Vietnam on vacation. While on their trip, George's motorcycle broke down, and he had a hard time conveying this information to a local mechanic.

    How it works: Point to one or a series of the 40 key icons to depict your message.

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    You can say things like:

    - Is the water safe to drink?

    - I have an emergency.

    - Where can I rent a bike?

    There’s also the symbol for car, beer, tap water, tools, clock, camera, wi-fi, and a bunch of others that'll get you out of a traveling pickle.

    "Many times we were confronted with a language barrier that was only to be overcome by drawing symbols on a piece of paper," George said.

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    When you travel to a foreign country, you should show up prepared with a few words to help you get around and learn more about the culture. But sometimes you're lost or there's an emergency or you're just tired AF and you need a beer. That's when the tee comes in.

    So, in 2015, they made their first prototypes for the communicative icon shirt.

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    Their first task: To test it — and test it they did. They gave the shirts to travel-focused friends and critics.

    "If an icon or a combination of icons requires verbal explanation, we considered it a failed feature," George told BuzzFeed.

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    Just point and smile.

    "Often times our products are conversation-starters and help improve people's experiences while they travel the world," George said.

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    "Many collaborations are being set up and we are trying to include customer feedback from all over the world," he said.

    Check out their shirts here.

    Go ~explore~.