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Speak their language (by NE [PA]) Jan 10, 2018 2:05 PM
       Speak their language (by Vee [OH]) Jan 10, 2018 2:09 PM
       Speak their language (by Judi [CA]) Jan 10, 2018 2:14 PM
       Speak their language (by GKARL [PA]) Jan 10, 2018 2:43 PM
       Speak their language (by Mike SWMO [MO]) Jan 10, 2018 3:06 PM
       Speak their language (by Jeff [CO]) Jan 10, 2018 3:19 PM
       Speak their language (by NE [PA]) Jan 10, 2018 3:25 PM
       Speak their language (by Jeff [CO]) Jan 10, 2018 3:46 PM
       Speak their language (by NE [PA]) Jan 10, 2018 3:50 PM
       Speak their language (by razorback_tim [AR]) Jan 10, 2018 4:19 PM
       Speak their language (by GKARL [PA]) Jan 10, 2018 5:42 PM
       Speak their language (by ntj [GA]) Jan 10, 2018 5:52 PM
       Speak their language (by Nicole [PA]) Jan 10, 2018 6:40 PM
       Speak their language (by GKARL [PA]) Jan 10, 2018 7:18 PM
       Speak their language (by Robert J [CA]) Jan 10, 2018 9:51 PM
       Speak their language (by gevans [SC]) Jan 11, 2018 4:02 AM
       Speak their language (by NE [PA]) Jan 11, 2018 4:05 AM
       Speak their language (by S i d [MO]) Jan 11, 2018 5:19 AM
       Speak their language (by NE [PA]) Jan 11, 2018 9:09 AM
       Speak their language (by cjo'h [CT]) Jan 11, 2018 10:14 AM
       Speak their language (by cjo'h [CT]) Jan 11, 2018 10:21 AM
       Speak their language (by Wilma [PA]) Jan 12, 2018 11:15 AM

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Speak their language (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2018 2:05 PM
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Literally!

I have a Spanish speaking family who moved in last month. Communication so far has been very difficult.

I downloaded an English to Spanish translation app on my phone to convert talk to text so I can text him in Spanish.

I sent him a text stating that I did that and a few minutes later he called me.

We spoke briefly and I asked him if he got my text about the translation App I downloaded and he said, "Oh, yes yes! Thank you so much" and that he would do the same.

Now we can speak easily to one another.

Thankfully, language barriers will be no more for me. At least digitally.

--50.32.xxx.xxx




Speak their language (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2018 2:09 PM
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Here you can not do that or you set the precedence you will run with spanish and would not be allowed to request a translator for court, they know enough to shop, bank and have a car fixed - prolly enough to know when rent is late without uttering a single word. --76.188.xxx.xx




Speak their language (by Judi [CA]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2018 2:14 PM
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We have an amazing Guatemalan housekeeper who reads, writes and speaks English very minimally. If I need to leave more than basic instructions or want to write a personal message on a card, the translator has been invaluable. It helps me learn Spanish, and I applaud her efforts to leave me notes in English. In person, we speak stilted'Spanglish' but somehow manage to communicate. --71.94.xx.xxx




Speak their language (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2018 2:43 PM
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I use Google Translate all of the time. I carry on entire conversations in Spanish not knowing the language. Very effective --172.56.xx.xxx




Speak their language (by Mike SWMO [MO]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2018 3:06 PM
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NE

What was the name of the translation program - App. I went and looked. There were several to choose from.

I only want to download an app once. --71.28.xxx.xxx




Speak their language (by Jeff [CO]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2018 3:19 PM
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I hope they're legal. --76.120.xx.xxx




Speak their language (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2018 3:25 PM
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MikeSWMO, it just says "translator" on my home screen. I just searched "English to Spanish translator" and picked the first one that popped up.

Jeff, why wouldn't it be legal? --50.32.xxx.xxx




Speak their language (by Jeff [CO]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2018 3:46 PM
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NE, If they are here illegally. --76.120.xx.xxx




Speak their language (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2018 3:50 PM
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I screened as best as I could based on advice from the board. If they aren't, it's not my problem. --50.32.xxx.xxx




Speak their language (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2018 4:19 PM
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I've done the same when dealing with subcontractors.

I haven't done it with tenants yet.

The only problem I've had is that if they are using slang, poor spelling, abbreviations, etc. then it may not translate properly. There have been a few things that I could never figure out. --70.178.x.xx




Speak their language (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2018 5:42 PM
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Yes, a misspelled word on their end breaks down communication. In my experience, there is some variation in education levels which affects spelling. The last person I had an extensive conversation with was just earlier this week. Unfortunately, she's not going get the apartment. --172.56.xx.xxx




Speak their language (by ntj [GA]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2018 5:52 PM
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Google translate has gotten very good. Abbreviations, slang, etc. probably still present problems but better than nothing. I believe that the ability to communicate in multiple languages (one way or the other) will become increasingly important in the future.

A personal story about 10 years back. I was having a fence installed and there is a large tree right on the property line. The worker with some english and me with no spanish were trying to work through what to do. Finally he said, "a little notch" and I agreed. I started to walk away when I heard the chainsaw fire up. He was about to notch the tree - I assumed he was about to notch the stretcher between the fence posts :-). --24.98.xxx.xx




Speak their language (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2018 6:40 PM
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Speaking as someone who's first language was not English, why wouldn't you expect them to translate from their language to English rather than the other way around?

--72.95.xx.xxx




Speak their language (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2018 7:18 PM
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Nicole:

I get that as well. They'll translate from Spanish into English via texts to me. Also, google translate allows you to talk into the app and have it translate verbally in Spanish or English. I've engaged in f2f conversation with the app using that feature as well. I prefer using translating via text however. --207.172.xx.xxx




Speak their language (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2018 9:51 PM
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I can get by in 4 languages and I have a landlord friend that speaks 17 languages. We NO longer will use our skills to help out our tenants. We require for them to provide a translator. Otherwise, in most cases, we then are required to provide notices in their language. If not, then an eviction will be thrown out of court. In Los Angeles, this is a sanctuary city and if we make one wrong move, I'll guilty of everything under the sun. Nothing but good old English.... --47.156.xx.xx




Speak their language (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 4:02 AM
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Robert said it.

Check your local laws. If you provide them even one document in their native tongue, you may have to provide them all that way, and may even have to provide a translator. In SOME states.

Sweetie and I are starting Spanish classes next week. But we plan to still provide everything in English only to our tenants.

--98.122.x.xx




Speak their language (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 4:05 AM
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Well, I'll take my chances with an app that allows me to communicate with me tenants. :) --50.32.xxx.xxx




Speak their language (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 5:19 AM
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Maybe my way of thinking is old school/not customer service oriented, but I am not going to trust my language skills (or Google's) when it comes to a legal contract. For casual interactions ("Hello, nice to see you! How are you?

How's the family?") sure, I can swing that. But I already have enough arguments from a few tenants who claim English is their primary language. That's somewhat debatable in my mind. (wink)

Anything with more than one head is a monster: I want one lease, in English. If someone is not able to understand it, then they can hire a translator at their expense. It's what I would do if I were in someone elses' country and didn't speak the mother tongue. --173.19.xx.xxx




Speak their language (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 9:09 AM
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This is for basic communication, not leases or notices or anything like that. --50.32.xxx.xxx




Speak their language (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 10:14 AM
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NE, good to know it's working for you.the world is indeed getting smaller.Will keep the information in mind for future reference.charlie........................................................................slan leat agus chiefy may who.......................................... --174.199.x.xxx




Speak their language (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 10:21 AM
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Jeff,even if they're not legal,I'd rather have them backing me up than the imbesile on Fifth avenue........................charlie.................................................... --174.199.x.xxx




Speak their language (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 11:15 AM
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Technology is great for an assist like that. I speak a little Spanish, but pretty badly. I have helped a few stranded Spanish-speaking women, and we've managed, but it was not easy. Thankfully, one had a clever bi-lingual 7-year-old with her, and I got them to where they needed to be.

I'm not sure if I'd go for a non-English-speaking adult tenant, unless the spouse spoke English fluently. But an app like that might convince me. --71.175.xxx.xxx



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