Chattanooga: Challenged by language barriers

CHATTANOOGA, TN–Translator Paula Maldonado speaks English and Spanish, but she’s often asked to take a stab at Arabic or Somali. Her colleagues at East Side Elementary School know that anyone who calls the school with an accent is forwarded to Ms. Maldonado’s phone. “So, I’m like, OK, ‘Hola?’” she said, chuckling. “Sometimes I just try talking really slow.” full story

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