In order to navigate your way in foreign countries, it is vital to communicate effectively your needs in the native language. I have found that translation cards come handy, and are essential to gluten-free travel. Gluten-Free Passport has compiled various gluten-free dining cards, phrases and a multi-lingual phrase guide to help you during your journeys. Free in 12 languages. Another excellent resource is from CeliacTravel.com, which provides free restaurant cards available in 54 languages (as of 12/2012).
They are an easy way to connect the communication gaps and speak openly about your gluten-free requirements. Personally, I have used these in France and in Turkey while dining out; most restaurant staff are happy to comply.