About SpeakSheets

Who Are We?

We’re Owl and Bear, digital nomads traveling and working around the world indefinitely.   We’ve had a lot of fun, made plenty of mistakes, been embarrassed at times. We know how much richer and more interesting travel is when you know a bit of the local language. So we’re working with some awesome contributors – professional translators and native speakers around the world.

Our Story

In August of 2011, we crossed the pond to spend a month in Europe, celebrating our 40th birthdays. With travel plans in Italy, France and Spain, we searched online to find some language help. We didn’t need to be fluent in Italian, French and Spanish – we just needed to know enough to get by.

We wanted something we could print out on a single sheet of paper and practice with any time of day. While we found some rudimentary versions here and there – an Italian student, a Costa Rican tour guide – there was no consistent place for us to get “language cheat sheets” for different languages. And so the seed was planted.

When we decided in November 2011 to travel and work around the world indefinitely, we knew we would need a few new language cheat sheets. Little did we know how much our itinerary would change. One week before we left for the European leg of our trip in June 2012, we found out our trip would have to be radically changed because of Schengen Zone restrictions.

All of a sudden, we were researching where to stay in countries like Ukraine and Romania! We ultimately booked two months of travel from the road, in Croatia, Serbia and Turkey.

So the language cheat sheets, which we were creating for ourselves, became absolutely critical. We needed Croatian, Serbian and Turkish, stat!

SpeakSheets was born out of necessity. We had a problem (speaking enough of a language to get by) and a solution (making our own language cheat sheets). We know how valuable our SpeakSheets are, because we use them every single day as we travel.

Now we want to share SpeakSheets with fellow travelers. We are working with bilingual translators, and producing the most helpful, useful language sheets we can, always refining our product.

Our one-time Lifetime Access cost of $17 is affordable for any traveler, and proves its value over and over, every time you use it. Going to a new country? Log in and download the SpeakSheets you need at no additional cost, ever.

We hope you give SpeakSheets a try, and if you have a story to share, let us know. We’d love to hear from you.