Friday, 18 January 2008

on translation

Toronto offers tax services in a number of languages. They have a flier that says, in 15 languages, "For information about your property tax bill in [language], please call 416 338 4829".

Except for the Panjabi. I'm pretty sure it says "For information about your property tax bill in English..." oops!

ਆਪਣੇ ਘਰ ਦੇ (ਰੀਅਲਟੀ) ਟੈਕਸ ਬਿੱਲ ਬਾਰੇ ਇੰਗਲਿਸ਼ ਵਿੱਚ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਲੈਣ ਲੲੀ 416 338 4829 ਤੇ ਫੋਨ ਕਰੋ ।

It's also interesting for using some English words: ਰੀਅਲਟੀ ਟੈਕਸ ਬਿੱਲ - rīalṭī ṭaiks bill for "realty tax bill", and ਇੰਗਲਿਸ਼ iṅgliś for "English" instead of the more usual ਅੰਗ੍ਰੇਜ਼ੀ aṅgrezī.

For the curious, the other languages offered are French, Cantonese, Italian, Tamil, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Persian, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, Urdu, Polish, and Greek.

1 comment :

Stuart Douglas said...

Toronto is either considerably more multi-racial than Edinburgh or we simply don't cater for non-Enlgish speakers very well: most governmental releases are, at most, in English and Urdu.