Houston Languages

English Language Acquisition

Houston Language Bank bilingual translations are designed to promote English language comprehension in the Communication Product delivered for website posting. Condensing English language content of the information message, produced in bilingual format cultivates English acquisition and drives info comprehension across the family's multi-generation composition.

 

English Proficiencies & Acquisition

English Proficiency Levels

English language proficiency for these 1.8 million taxpayers varies greatly.

Except for the elderly, most immigrants here acquire a functional level in spoken English; and, generally their second language proficiencies relate to work.

However, degrees of difficulty in English reading comprehension remain a chronic barrier to accessing complex and critical public information,
just as it is for native English speakers who acquire a second language.

Levels of Need for Language Access Among Constituencies
The levels of need for translated information access among today's culturally diverse population varies.

These variables depend on immigrant / refugee status, English bilingual education background, and socio-economic status, among other determinants.

Prioritizing translated public information is based on considerations of both raw population numbers and the language groups' arrival context and circumstance.

Prioritizing specific language translations is based on Needs Assessment determined by Public Sector departments in concert with Constituent Public input.

 

Houston Language Inventory

Primary Languages:       
Other than Spanish

Arabic
Asia Minor Languages
Bhutanese 
Burmese 
Cambodian 
Cantonese 
East European
Farsi 
French 
Hindi 
Japanese
Korean 
Lao 
Mandarin 
Portuguese
Russian 
Tagalog
Taiwanese 
Thai 
Urdu 
Vietnamese 

 

 

Languages Spoken: City of Houston, State of Texas and the United States - Source: 2011 ACS, US Census Bureau Date: May 9, 2013

 

Languages that Serve Houston's Refugee Communities

Afghanis / Pashto, Dari  
Azerbaijanis / Azeri 
Bosnian & Serbian / Bosnian, Serbo-Croatian
Burundi / Kirundi, Kinyarwanda
Congolese / Swahili, Lingala, Kirundi, Kinyardwandan
Eritreans / Tigrinya, Kunama, Afar
Ethiopians / Oromo, Tigrinya
Germany / German 
Hmong / Hmong, Mong 
Israel / Hebrew 
Kosovar Albanians / Albanian 
Kyrgyzstan / Russian, Kyrgyz 
Malawi / Malawian
Mali / French, Bambara, Arabic 
Mauritania/ Arabic
Nepal / Nepali, Tamang 
Polish / Polish 
Romanian / Romanian 
Rwandan / Kinyarwanda 
Somali Bantu / Maay Maay, Somali, Af-Maay, Zigua, Swahili
Sri Lanka / Sinhala, Tamil, Malay 
Sudan Darfur Peoples / Fur, Massalit, Zaghawa
Sudanese / Dinka, Nuer, Zande, Arabic, Bare
Uganda / Swahili 
Zambia / Bantu, English 

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