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US Courts and Immigration at Loss for Words with Need for Mayan Language Translation

The United States has always been home to large waves of immigration, and the government has systems in place to help those who arrived. United States immigration officials provide interpreters in hundreds of languages, such as Chinese, Haitian Creole, Arabic and especially, Spanish. With that said, indigenous Mayan languages, such as Mam, K’iche’ (Qhiché) and Q’anjob’al (Kanjobal) — which hail from Guatemala — are now in the top 25 most commonly spoken languages in the US immigration courts.

It's not uncommon for speakers of these languages not to speak Spanish, putting them at a great disadvantage when dealing with the US legal system and their respective cases.

USCIS courts across the country have seen a steady rise in speakers of indigenous Guatemalan languages during the last half decade, as affirmed by the US government. The list of rare indigenous languages that are stumping the US court system has continued to grow, now including Zapotec, Mixtec, Ixil and Popti, languages from southern Mexico and Central America.

Do you need help with Mayan language interpretation? Idiomatic USA provides interpretation and translation services in many of these languages. Please feel free to get in touch!

What's the Hardest Language to Learn? Probably not the One You Would Expect

If you have ever tried to learn a foreign language, unless you learned as a young child, it can be a very frustrating experience. Gender, tenses, expressions that have no direct translation--language learning can feel like an uphill battle.

But what about a language that features clicks? One such language is !Xóõ, which is an African language spoken by just a few thousand, mostly in Botswana. !Xóõ has five basic clicks and 17 accompanying ones. Interestingly enough, the top academic studying !Xóõ, Tony Traill, developed a lump on his throat from learning to make their sounds. Further research showed that mature !Xóõ-speakers had the same lump.

Have Your Ever Heard of Tagalog?

Let's first establish that Tagalog is a language spoken in The Philippines, and is an official language of the country's over 100 million people, along with English and Filipino. The term Tagalog came from ”taga ilog,” which means the people who lived next to the Pasig River during the Spanish inhabitation of the Philippines. The Pasig River is a large river that connects Manila Bay and Laguna de Bay.

Tip Your Hit to the Bengali Language for International Mother Language Day

On February 21, 1952, forming part of a movement promoting the Bengali language, numerous activists and students were martyred in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Following that atrocity, UNESCO decided to honor those who lost their lives through International Mother Language Day.