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Translation Guides

General Services Administration

Webinar: Survey Translation and the Inclusion of End Users in the Process: Experiences from the U.S. Census Bureau - February 27, 2020U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Head Start, Style Guide for Translations into Spanish 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective, Section 5: Detailed guidelines for translation - 2009 

U.S. Census Bureau,  Guideline for the Translation of Data Collection Instruments and Supporting Materials - August 2005 

The American Translators Association, Translation Getting it Right: A guide to buying translation - 2011

National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT), Position Papers Addressing Translation

National Center for State Courts (NCSC), Guide to Translation of Legal Materials - April 2011

Minnesota Department of Health, Toolkit for Written Translation- June 2019

Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Translation Policy and Procedures Manual- January 2021

Judicial Council of California, Translation Protocol, July 2016

King County, Washington State, Written Language Translation Process - October 13, 2010

Massachusetts Department of Health, Translation Toolkit, October 2010

Houston Interpreters and Translators Association Publishes Q & A on Title VI and Language Access from DOJ - March 15, 2019 

Language Identification and I Speak Cards

Language Identification Card (PDF) (archive link), created by the State of Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services, the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators, the Summit County Sheriff's Office, and the American Translators Association 

I Speak Statements Card (PDF), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service

Indigenous Language Identification Sticker, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Language Identification Flashcard (PDF), U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census

Language Access Cards in 27 Languages, City of Philadelphia, 2019

I Speak Language Identification Cards (PDF), Indiana Supreme Court, 2019

Language Identification Card, Nassau County, New York, Police Department, 2017

Language Identification Card (PDF), Virginia Department of Health, 2011

I Speak Cards (bottom of page), Available in 21 Languages, City of Roanoke, Virginia

I Speak Cards, Available in 16 Languages, California Department of Social Services,

I Speak Cards, Available in 17 Languages, Connecticut Department of Public Health

I Speak Card, Available in 17 Languages, Scott County Health Department

 Language Identification Card (PDF), New Jersey Hospital Association

Language Identification Card (PDF), City of Houston, Texas

iSpeak Austin, Language Identification Cards, Videos, and Resources, City of Austin, Texas

I Speak Language Cards, Available in 42 Languages, King County, Washington State

I Speak Language Cards, Available in 14 Languages, State of Hawaii, Office of Language Access

Language Identification Card, Available in 62 Languages, Refugee Council (UK)

Language Identification Chart, Available in 73 Languages, National Register of Public Service Interpreters (UK)

I Speak Cards (archived link), Available in 20 Non-English Languages, Cultural Connect

Federal Agency Bilingual Glossaries

The Digital.gov Government Bilingual Glossaries page includes glossaries from the following federal agencies: 


U.S. Census Bureau, 2020 Decennial Census Language Glossaries in over 50 non-English languages 

U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Spanish Style Guide, October 2015

Select Federal Agency Publications and Digital Content in Spanish

Select Federal Agency Publications and Digital Content in Spanish and Other Languages

CFPB Bulk Publications, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Materials Available in 6 non-English languages

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Materials Available in 14 Non-English Languages 

Social Security Administration, Multilanguage Gateway, Materials Available in 15 Non-English Languages

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Available in 8 Non-English Languages

Environmental Protection Agency, Available in 9 Non-English Languages

U.S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Mortgage Translations Clearinghouse, Available in 5 Non-English Languages