Fumbling through the phrasebook of any guidebook can be frustrating when all you want to do is find out where the nearest bathroom is in Beijing. That's why IT is interested in Lingolook Flashcards. Each deck of passport-sized flashcards includes more than 75 cards with illustrations, keyword translations, a "fan-out" design (so your cards don't go flying when you try to sort through them), phonetic translations, and a reference section with other useful information (travel tips, menu readers, numbers, country map, etc.). The cards are also color coded by category (Essentials, Lodging, Food and Drink, Help, Travel and Transport, Leisure, Shopping, and Services), making for easy searching when looking for the right card.
The big bonus is that once you buy a deck of flashcards, you gain access to electronic versions of the cards as well (for Pocket PCs, iPhones, BlackBerrys, and PDF).
Currently, the only available flashcards are for China, France, and Japan, but look for Lingolook Spain, Mexico, and Italy in the fall of 2008. Buy online for $11.95.
Thanks to Jaunted, for keeping us posted.