Monday, August 22, 2011

Interpretation Files: Language Cards

These cards can be an important tool for those who do not speak English in the US. As you can see, one side explains, in English, that the card-carrier does not speak English well and that they require an interpreter. The other side says the same, but in the language of the carrier.

It is especially important that the card states which language the carrier speaks. Portuguese-speaking immigrants are often given Spanish-speaking interpreters because English-speakers sometimes cannot tell the difference between the two languages.

These cards were originally developed by Reach Nola to address the needs of immigrants in New Orleans which has large communities of Spanish-speakers from Latin America, Portuguese-speakers from Brazil and Vietnamese.

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