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Re: Official language maps
  • 7/31/2015 9:29:56 AM

@Maryam Here in the Philippines, many signs are in English with a Filipino translation below, but street signs for pedestrians are in Filipino. We're notorious for not following the rules (a mix of the pedestrians' stubornness and overall bad urban planning) so the signs are written to make great impact. Here's an example:


In English, it means "No crossing allowed. Someone already died here." But the impact is lost in translation. It's one instance where having an English translation on the sign itself would ruin the experience.

Re: Official language maps
  • 7/29/2015 1:02:55 AM
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I love the maps myself, but honestly would combine them. A single map, color-coded, with a Legend indicating what's what would be more impactful, espcially with countries speaking more than one language (Canada, and honestly, the US).

Re: Official language maps
  • 7/29/2015 1:01:02 AM
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I love the maps myself, but honestly would combine them. A single map, color-coded, with a Legend indicating what's what would be more impactful, espcially with countries speaking more than one language (Canada, and honestly, the US).

Re: Official language maps
  • 7/16/2015 6:16:48 PM
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I also like the idea of showing which countries have two accepted languages like Canada . It gives a clear impression of what languages are readily spoken there and how to prepare if you're traveling to the country .

Re: Official language maps
  • 7/16/2015 8:17:30 AM
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Yes, very cool maps. And it would be interesting to see more languages and even maps of the common languages that are not official. As the Spanish speaking population increases in the U.S. I'm wondering how those area of Florida and Texas, for example might be mapped for the common use of Spanish.

Re: Official language maps
  • 7/9/2015 12:45:59 PM
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@Lyndon_Henry Yes, in Canada signs appear in English and French. In Israel, you will often see signs in triplicate, Hebrew, Arabic, and English. 

Re: Official language maps
  • 7/9/2015 11:56:15 AM
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@Lyndon. Good point about the countries with dual languages. With the advancements in analytics, maybe public services, signage, etc., can be better targeted at language patterns on a much more granular basis.

For example, public signage and that first screen on the ATM tend to offer English and Spanish regardless for the language mix in a given location. I know you're in Texas where that might make sense, but here in New England we have cities and towns where the dominant second language might be Cambodian, Chinese, and Portuguese. A couple of weeks ago I was up in northern New Hampshire near the Quebec border. It's an area where some people cross the border for things as basic as shopping.

New Hampshire does have some signs like "Welcome to New Hampshire" and instructions about customers in French, but I was surprised when I went to the ATM that the options were still English and Spanish rather than adding or substituting French.

The language mix in any region is dynamic, typically influenced by recent immigration and trends in tourism. Maybe analytics can help public-facing services better respond to those trends.

Re: Official language maps
  • 7/9/2015 9:37:03 AM
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You are correct - this was in Morocco! (near the Sahara Desert)

Joy and her husband went on camel rides that day.

 

Official language maps
  • 7/8/2015 8:18:08 PM
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..

The sign says "Safety is everyone's responsibility..." I'm ashamed to admit that, despite some time spent working in Saudi Arabia, I can't read or speak much Arabic.

If I had to guess where Joy is, I'd speculate ... North Africa, maybe Morocco, Algeria, or Tunisia. 

Other languages that might merit being mapped are Chinese and Russian.

Also of interest might be countries with dual or multiple official languages, like Canada and India...

 



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