Engaging an interpreter

Working with people who speak a language other than English

When seeking the assistance of an interpreter or translator on behalf of a young person, it is vital that the appropriate language be identified. Some people may use a non-standard variety of a language such as a dialect, for example Hokkien (Chinese), Lebanese (Arabic).

The following information is intended to provide general information regarding countries and the major languages/dialects spoken.

Country
Language/Dialects
Afghanistan
Afghani, Pashto, Dari
Albania
Albanian
Argentina
Spanish, Italian, German
Austria
German
Belgium
Flemish, French, German
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian
Brazil
Portuguese, Spanish, German
Bulgaria
Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian, Turkish
Cambodia
Cambodian, Chinese, French
Chile
Spanish
China
Cantonese, Mandarin, Hakka Hokkien, Teo-Chew
Croatia
Croatian
Cyprus
Greek, Turkish
Czech
Czech, Slovak, German
Denmark
Danish, German
East Timor
Tetum, Hakka, Portuguese
Egypt
Arabic, Egyptian Colloquial language, Armenian
El Salvador
Spanish
Eritrea
Arabic, Tigre, Tigrinya
Ethiopia
Amharic, Tigrinya, Harari, Oromo, Somali
Fiji
Fijian, Hindi
Finland
Finish
Former Yugoslavia
Serbian
France
French
Germany
German
Greece
Greek
Guatemala
Spanish
Hong Kong
Chinese, Cantonese, Chinese dialects
Hungary
Hungarian, Slovak, German, Romanian
India
Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Rajaput, Gujerati
Indonesia
Indonesian, Malaysian, Chinese dialects
Iran
Farsi (Persian), Arabic, Armenian, Assyrian, Kurdish, Pashto
Iraq
Arabic, Armenian, Assyrian, Kurdish
Israel
Hebrew, Yiddish, Arabic
Italy
Italian
Japan
Japanese
Kenya
Swahili, English
Korea
Korean
Laos
Laotian, Miao/Meo, Hmong, Chinese dialects
Lebanon
Arabic (Lebanese), Assyrian, Armenian
Republic of Macedonia
Macedonian, Albanian
Malaysia
Malay, Chinese dialects, Tamil, Punjabi
Malta
Maltese
Mauritius
Mauritian, French, French-Creole, Hindi
Netherlands
Dutch
Nicaragua
Spanish
Norway
Norwegian
Pakistan
Urdu, Punjabi
Philippines
Tagalog (Filipino), Hokkien
South Africa
English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Swahili
Romania
Romanian, Serbian, German, Hungarian
Samoa
Samoan
Singapore
Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay, Tamil, Punjabi
Slovakia
Slovak, German, Czech
Slovenia
Slovenian
Spain
Spanish
Sri Lanka
Sinhalese, Tamil
Sweden
Swedish
Switzerland
German, French, Italian
Syria
Arabic, Armenian, Assyrian
Taiwan
Mandarin, Chinese languages/dialects
Thailand
Thai, Hokkien Chinese languages/dialects
Tonga
Tongan
Turkey
Turkish, Kurdish, Armenian
Uruguay
Spanish
Vietnam
Vietnamese, Chinese languages/dialects
Zimbabwe
English, Shone and other languages/dialects

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