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 Post subject: Lost in translation
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2005 9:35 pm 
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How do you handle allergy-related issues in places where you don't speak the language?

I think someone should make cards with "I am allergic to [insert allergy here]" in a variety of languages.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2005 9:56 am 
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Personnaly, I would not travel to a place where they did not undestand the language... not that I travel anyways but if I did, they would have to speak French or English. And besides, I wouldn't go to a country which is not allergy aware and which do not label proberly.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2005 10:30 am 
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Last summer I had quite a scare. We were returning from the east coast and spent the night in a hotel near Quebec city. I still am not sure what caused the reaction, but it came on hard and fast. We have almost always been fortunate to deal with people who are bilingual in that province, but occasionally we meet people who do not speak english or do not speak it well.

I had the added panick that they might not understand me at the hospital - or at least they might not understand me in time.

I popped a couple benedryl, and things did calm down quickly, and I ended up not going in to the hospital.

I decided before my next trip down, I'm going to ask one of my bilingual on-line friends to translate a short note for me that I will carry - just in case.

The fact that my parents were bilingual just makes this worse. :roll: [/i]


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2005 10:45 am 
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Or you could ask me. I'm a translator for a living ;)

People in Quebec City don't speak much English, sadly.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2005 11:34 am 
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You would not travel to a place where they did not understand the language, youngvader?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2005 1:43 pm 
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Location: Winnipeg, MB, canada
Hello All,

Hopefully something like this might be able to help! It is a card with your allergies in different languages!
http://www.selectwisely.com/select%5Fwisely/
I am thinking of getting one for my trip to Cuba :D

Be safe,
ciao

shannon


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2005 3:01 pm 
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Hey, that is a great product!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2005 8:32 pm 
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Exactly. I would not travel to a country that does not speak French or English. Of course, this is all hypothetical since I have not left Canada in more than 10 years.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2005 9:05 pm 
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Right, but what you mean is if YOU don't understand the language, not if THEY don't understand the language.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2005 7:29 am 
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Vacation for this summer has been cancelled. :cry: Doubly upsetting because there is supposed to be a family reunion this year, and I have to miss it.

But, Patrick, I may take you up on your offer next year. I promise it'll be a very short note.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2005 9:43 am 
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AnnaMarie, No problem.

THEY, I., if we can't communicate basically.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2005 10:01 am 
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I just think it's an important disctinction :)


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2005 1:17 pm 
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Various allergy sites do have little cards in different languages.

I'm fairly comfortable traveling. Food allergies are easier to explain than vegetarianism, in my experience. Speaking the language *does* help, of course, but explicit language cards are also useful.

ygg

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 1:00 pm 
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Just from my experience, I wouldn't come close to going somewhere where the person would not perfectly understand what I want... I'm still having trouble explaining to restaurants that fish can kill even in small quantities, and that is just keeping with French and English which I have no problem with either one... I don't think I could feel comfortable going somewhere where the waiter would speak another language or basic French/ English... even if it's at the restaurant accross the street from here :wink: .

I have seen some allergy cards (and have helped people in translating when they needed help), but I still don't think they explain it that good... there are so many nuances and things that they may not think about from a simple piece of paper...

Mylène


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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2005 2:48 pm 
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I do not travel outside of Canada.
I am very uncomfortable in Quebec, as we only speak English.
So we have driven through and stop only for gas
Shame in away the landscape is great.
As some have said people have trouble understanding anyways so to explain to someone in their language would be very difficult.
I travelled as a child and lived in another English speaking country; I would love to go back but I know I can not what would I eat? Back then my allergies were not as bad....


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