Language bank

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A language bank is an organization that helps people who need translation or interpretation services fulfill those needs through the assistance of qualified translators or interpreters. Such organizations usually, but not always, provide such services free of charge, often as a service of local government. Language banks often service immigrant or refugee communities,[1] often in collaboration with health service providers such as the American Red Cross.[2]

Various sorts of businesses also manage internal language service needs by setting up language banks. Often, employees with language skills may donate a part of their work time to participating in language banks.

[3] In this circumstance it may be referred to as an "Employee Language Bank."


  1. ^ Rowe, Lindsey (August 3, 2004). "Volunteer translators break down barriers". Seattle Post Intelligencer. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
  2. ^ "ATA and American Red Cross Recruit Volunteer Interpreters". American Translators Association. Archived from the original on 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
  3. ^ Kilgannon, Corey (2005-03-15). "Queens Hospitals Learn Many Ways to Say 'Ah'". The New York Times. pp. B1. Retrieved 2008-04-19.