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    Terry B and other bilingual types

    I have a puzzle for you.

    The mason has hired a new kid with a multiple language barrier problem.

    Chinese, deaf, does not speak much english. Sign language aide during school.

    Here's my question:

    Are there good translation applications available?
    How can the mason contractor get the safety talks translated into chinese?
    Does anyone know if the OSHA 10 hour class is available in many languages?


    Do you have any thoughts on how he can help this kid make it work?


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    Chinese child labor? He probably doesn't even know OSHA exists. Hell, that's probably how he became deaf in the first place.

    No translations necessary.

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    I Googled it and it appears there is a Google translator that does this.

    Check it out here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine View Post
    Chinese child labor? He probably doesn't even know OSHA exists. Hell, that's probably how he became deaf in the first place.

    No translations necessary.
    He's a high school trade school graduate, and the instructor used to work for the mason. Things are all above board. Totally legit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by q_and_a View Post
    I Googled it and it appears there is a Google translator that does this.

    Check it out here.

    Google Translate
    I'll ask him if he knows about this, but to hear the text message he read me this afternoon, it takes 3 or four notes to get to:

    please meeting you I morning at 630 shop in am

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    This is a tough one. In my neighborhood, might be able to find a deaf Chinese/English translator.

    Maybe come up with a special sign language just for the job? Or is there a sign language Esperanza?

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    I can't help you out with your problem but for the record, I don't have a problem with bilinguals.
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    The standard fix for the problem is to talk much louder and slower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10ae1203 View Post
    I have a puzzle for you.

    The mason has hired a new kid with a multiple language barrier problem.

    Chinese, deaf, does not speak much english. Sign language aide during school.
    I think Sign Language varies from country to country. Is it American Sign Language (hopefully)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jorgy View Post
    I think Sign Language varies from country to country. Is it American Sign Language (hopefully)?
    not sure. the signer that the kid had in school head english and communincated in sign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeBiker View Post
    The standard fix for the problem is to talk much louder and slower.

    The hand waving that goes along with this might confuse him, maybe.

    This talk louder and slower thing is funny, and must be ingrained in all of us. When the boy was small, he did it a couple of times. Children are just like little foreigners sometimes with the language thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10ae1203 View Post
    The hand waving that goes along with this might confuse him, maybe.

    This talk louder and slower thing is funny, and must be ingrained in all of us. [...]
    Just Americans, I think. I've seen a lot of stupid language-related behavior in my travels and language-related professional activities, but only Americans think volume and speed will help people to understand sounds they don't recognize. It's not any stupider than what other people do, but it is consistent.

    RE Chinese sign language, it's rather behind in terms of acceptance compared with ASL's status in the States (understatement). Might or might not be because it's been so heavily influenced by westerners who've tried to "install" it there, but in any case it's probably not an option for practical communication.
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