In addition to British Sign Language which is the first language of many Deaf people and Easy Read (for people with learning disabilities), the languages in most demand for translation/interpreting in the Devon County Council area for 2020 have been:
1. Arabic – including audio (e.g. MP3)
3. Bulgarian – including audio
4. Chinese (simplified, written)*
11. Portuguese (Brazilian)
17. Turkish – including audio
*Mandarin and Cantonese would be needed for any spoken word.
In the past other popular languages have included:
In schools, 197 pupils speaking 49 different languages were supported during 2018/19. There has been a continued high need for support for Arabic (17%), Polish (16%) and Romanian (7%) speakers as well as an increase in Roma Gypsy families mainly speaking Romanian or Bulgarian as a second language. The Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service at Babcock LDP have also been providing intensive support for unaccompanied asylum seekers at school age – Afghan (Dari/Farsi), Sudanese (Zaghawa) and Vietnamese, and newly arrived Syrian refugee families (Arabic/Kurdish).
Please note: the County Council does not retain information about demand for translation and interpreting by language in relation to its services. The information above is drawn from local intelligence.