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Second-Language Speakers

Postby PamelaRose » Dec 28, 2005 12:18 am

We're getting more and more requests for HG support from non-English speakers, and I would love to know if some of the current volunteers (or new volunteers - we can always use more!) are able to help out. If you are fluent in a language other than English, please let me know so I can add the information to the volunteer list.
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Postby JennyK » Dec 28, 2005 4:29 pm

I speak a limited amount of Polish, couldn't read or write it to save my life. My dad is proficient and my grandma is fluent, so they could translate if we ever got an HGer from Poland.
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Postby PamelaRose » Dec 28, 2005 6:10 pm

Very cool! Though I could have guessed the Polish connection from your last name. 8) I'm just the opposite--I can read and interpret lots in certain languages, but I can't speak more than baby talk!
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Postby JennyK » Dec 28, 2005 6:38 pm

I should add that my SIL is fluent in Japanese and fairly good in Chinese. I could recruit her to translate those languages for us if need be.

Did I ever tell you that Annie is bilingual? My grandma watches her every afternoon and they speak only Polish. Annie is starting to mix her Polish and English in the same sentence and sometimes I have to ask my grandma to translate.

What languages are you getting requests for? I'm guessing Polish, Japanese and Chinese are not on the list . . . .
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Postby PamelaRose » Dec 28, 2005 6:42 pm

Too funny - You're using an intrepreter for your toddler. :lol: That is just great, though. I spend so much time trying to convince my Spanish-speaking students that they have a huge advantage because they can function in both languages. Such an asset in today's world, not to mention the fantastic brain connections that are being made!

I'll just pass along any translation needs to your family; it sounds like you have most languages covered. :wink:
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Postby aaronsmommy » Dec 28, 2005 11:07 pm

My spoken Spanish is okay, especially when it comes to medical stuff. I can't write in Spanish at all, and I don't communicate as well on phone, but I could help in a pinch.

I used to be quite fluent in French, but it's a bit rusty these days, and if I try to talk in French it all comes out in Spanish. I might do okay if someone understood english, so I could use it at least sometimes, but didn't speak or write well - I think I'd do fine understanding them in French.
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Postby PamelaRose » Dec 28, 2005 11:33 pm

I knew you speak French, but I forgot about the necessity for Spanish in your area. I'm guessing quite a few ladies in the southwest are pretty capable in Spanish, which is where we'll be seeing need, I'm sure.
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Postby mandy » Dec 29, 2005 6:03 am

I know it's extremely unlikely but we have Africaans and Dutch covered in this corner. Both languages are very similar and dh is fluent in Africaans and so could post with me if there is ever a need.

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Postby PamelaRose » Dec 29, 2005 10:24 am

Very cool! I love finding out how lingually enhanced you all are--I feel so inadequate. :P
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Postby teddi » Dec 31, 2005 12:33 am

Yo puedo hablar un poco de Espanol.

My grandmother is bi-lingual, but due to the racism of times past, didn't allow her male children to speak it, so my dad understands it, but doesn't speak it. :evil: Never passed it on to me, so what I know comes from 4 yrs high school spanish.

I'm the opposite of Aimee, my reading/writing/speaking skills are WAY better than my listening comprehension skills. But umm, Spanish medical terminology was never something we covered in class..though I picked up a *tiny* bit working in the clinic.

But I would happily help out with anyone needing Spanish help. I have a spanish / english dictionary, and truly could use the brush up on skills.
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Postby teddi » Dec 31, 2005 12:37 am

LOL, how do you speak French and have it come out Spanish? That cracked me up :lol: :lol:

Sometimes I try to speak English and it just comes out gibberish. :lol:
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Postby aaronsmommy » Dec 31, 2005 1:44 am

The funny thing is that I actually went to a French school (in LA) for elementary through high school, all my classes in French, all my friends and teachers were French, but since then I have rarely used it, so it just doesn't flow like it used to.

I have never taken a single Spanish class, but for 8 years now, I have just picked it up as I go along (and I think the French helped a lot with that). When I was working at the county hospital in San Jose, about 70% of the patients spoke Spanish only, and at first I used the translators, but then I got to the point I could tell they were translating things wrong and I figured why waste my time! My last job about 90% of the patients spoke Spanish only, so I would end up speaking more Spanish than English, sometimes speaking Spanish to the English speaking ones out of habit!! Now people will grab me to interpret! The Spanish flows quite well because of how much I use it, and I guess that's why things tend to flow out in Spanish when I'm trying to speak French these days.

If you ever need help interpreting the medical stuff let me know!
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Re: Second-Language Speakers

Postby Irene » Jan 13, 2006 7:26 pm

Hello!

I just recently signed up to become a suport buddy. I don't expect many skandinavians to come across this site, but if so, it may be of help to know that I understand Swedish and Danish. We 3 skandinavian countrys have no problems comunicating or reading each others languages as they are very similar. I speak English and Norwegian fluently, I have Irish parents, who got "stuck" in Norway. My German is VERY rusty, but can be brushed up with a little help from my Mum.

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Postby PamelaRose » Jan 13, 2006 8:31 pm

Thank you, Irene. Actually, we do get requests from Scandinavian countries - I've got women in Sweden and Norway just finishing up HG pregnancies right now. :D

I'm so envious of people who speak many languages. I can piece together some Spanish and have a veeeery shaky command of Deutsch from my school days. That's not much help, so I really appreciate others sharing their skills.
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Postby megs4413 » May 12, 2006 9:25 am

I'm pretty good with French, though I probably write like a 6 yr old!
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Postby Storyung » Sep 05, 2006 5:02 am

I am effective in Chinese. Would be glad to help.
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Postby PamelaRose » Sep 05, 2006 8:17 pm

A first for our list! Thanks for volunteering to help. :)
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Postby deb » Sep 07, 2006 11:24 am

hey

i'm an english/german bilingual, so i could help with that if need be.

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Postby PamelaRose » Sep 07, 2006 5:45 pm

Danke!

:lol: Whew, those 5 years of German in school served me well, huh? I'll make a note that we've got the Deutsch angle covered.
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Postby Starfoot » Nov 07, 2006 11:05 pm

Count me in for Hungarian... My writing and grammar are a little rusty but with a spell checker I could manage just fine. 8)
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