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Travel Phrases using Tactile Writing Systems

This page presents the Four Essential Travel Phrases using two tactile writing systems: Braille and Moon Type.

Sections below:  English using Braille, German using Braille, and English using Moon Type

Also see the regular pages for English and German.


English using Braille

Louis Braille created his writing system for the blind in 1830.

Grade 1 Braille simply uses a character-by-character substitution and is used only by beginners:

[Grade 1 Braille]

Grade 2 Braille uses contractions to increase reading speed:

[Grade 2 Braille]

Braille fonts in the Gallery of Unicode Fonts

American Foundation for the Blind's Braille character reference

Braille information at Omniglot and Wikipedia


German using Braille (Brailleschrift)

Basisschrift (basic script) simply uses a character-by-character substitution:

[Basisschrift Braille]

Vollschrift (full script) introduces several contractions for frequently used multi-letter sequences, such as st, ei, ie, and ch:

[Vollschrift Braille]

Kurzschrift (short script) adds many word and partial word contractions to further shorten transcription:

[Kurzschrift Braille]

Braille fonts in the Gallery of Unicode Fonts

German Braille information at Wikipedia (in German)


English using Moon Type

Dr. William Moon created his writing system for the blind in 1845.
While Braille is more widely used, Moon Type is often preferred by those who lose their sight later in life.

It is written/embossed in boustrophedon style (alternating between left to right and right to left).

[Moon Type]

Writing system information at Omniglot and the Royal National Institute of the Blind

A Moon font is available at Dino Manzella's website

The four essential
travel phrases in English:

1) Where is my room?
2) Where is the beach?
3) Where is the bar?
4) Don't touch me there!
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