The United States is the land of linguistic diversity—with at least 350 languages spoken at home. Although Spanish, Chinese, and French round out the three most common after English, millions of residents speak a language of lesser diffusion. While each of these cultures add to America’s diversity, language barriers can make it difficult to access healthcare, legal services, and more.
If you need an interpreter who speaks Spanish, even on short notice, you’ll likely find one without much trouble. Yet what if you need someone who speaks Swahili? Or Telugu? Depending on where you live, this can pose a major challenge. Fortunately, remote interpreting options make it easy to find an interpreter regardless of your location—or theirs.
But before we get into the benefits of remote interpreting, let’s take a look at the linguistic diversity across the country.
Language Diversity Across America
The U.S. Census Bureau released a set of its most comprehensive data on languages in November 2015. Based on American Community Survey data, it includes information on 350 languages. Below are some statistics from five of the largest metropolitan areas.
- At least 192 languages are spoken at home.
- Bengali, with 105,765 speakers, is one of the area’s smaller language groups.
- At least 185 languages are spoken at home.
- Indonesian, with 12,750 speakers, is one of the area’s smaller language groups.
- At least 153 languages are spoken at home.
- Serbian, with 17,490 speakers, is one of the area’s smaller language groups.
- At least 156 languages are spoken at home.
- Telugu, with 12,630 speakers, is one of the area’s smallest language groups.
- At least 146 languages are spoken at home.
- Malayalam, with 10,370 speakers is one of the area’s smallest language groups.
The Benefits of Remote Interpreting
As you can see, even languages of lesser diffusion may make up relatively large communities, especially in metropolitan areas. However, there may still be a shortage of professional interpreters who speak that language. Here’s where remote interpreting comes.
There are two methods of remote interpreting: over-the-phone and video remote. Both methods let you work with an interpreter without bringing them onsite. This not only helps you save on travel expenses, but can help you get an interpreter on short notice.
So, how do you connect with a remote interpreter? One way is through Boostlingo’s easy-to-use interpreting platform. All you need is a phone or webcam and internet access. There’s no need to download any software. Plus, you’ll gain access to the Boostlingo Professional Interpreter Network, which includes interpreters who speak over 200 languages.
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