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Re: Vietnamese/English and Sudanese/English translation for vegetable pl...

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Vietnamese/English and Sudanese/English translation for vegetable pl...
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 13:41:08 EDT


I will assume that you have contacted the local support agencies for these 
refugees, the religious institutions that they attend, or institutions of higher 
learning in Iowa or contiguous states that may have language, sociology or 
anthropology departments that may be linguistically competent in these 
languages.  I'd reach out to your local resources first.  Maybe you might reach out to 
current or former military or CIA personnel in your state ( go into the 
telephone book.) Because of our foreign adventures in those countries, you may have 
someone trained at considerable expense by taxpayers who is competent in those 
languages living near you.  It's amazing what you can get if you ask nicely. 

Seeing that the FDA may be swamped, and that the organizations that are 
supposed to support Vietnamese and Sudanese refugees in the US may be busy, 
underfunded or not linguistically competent in agricultural terminology, why not 
these this branches of the United Nations?

1) Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations (FAO)
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy
Telephone: +39 06 5705 1
Fax: +39 06 5705 3152
Telex: 625852/610181 FAO I /
Cable address: FOODAGRI ROME
Email: FAO-HQ@fao.org


2) Or you might find somebody who can lead you to linguistic resources at 
IFAD - The International Fund for Agricultural Development


3) You may also want to contact the embassies of these nations in Washington 

a) Embassy of Vietnam
1233 20th Street, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 861--0737
Fax: (202) 861-0917
Website: http://www.vietnamembassy-usa.org/embassy/

b) The Republic of the Sudan
2210 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20008
Telephone: (202) 338-8565
Fax: (202) 667-2406
E-mail: info@sudanembassyus.org
URL: http://www.sudanembassyus.org/

Best wishes,
Adam Honigman
 <A HREF="http://www.clintoncommunitygarden.org/";>Clinton Community Garden</A>

4) Knowing the languages your people speak before you make your inquiries: 

Here are the languages of the Sudan.  Because of the refugee issue, your 
gardeners may speak only one or several of these languages. 


According to the CIA world guidebook (yes THAT CIA) , 

The major languages of Vietnam are: Vietnamese (official), English 
(increasingly favored as a second language), some French, Chinese, and Khmer; mountain 
area languages (Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian) 

<< Subj:     [cg] Vietnamese/English and Sudanese/English translation for 
vegetable plants
 Date:  5/22/03 12:02:36 PM Eastern Daylight Time
 From:  TLDawson@dmgov.org (Dawson, Teva L.)
 Sender:    community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
 To:    community_garden@mallorn.com
 CC:    christine.pardee@DRAKE.EDU
 Email your response to:  christine.pardee@DRAKE.EDU
 Plant information needed regarding Vietnamese/English and Sudanese/English 
translation for vegetable plants. Our international community garden groups are 
looking for assistance identifying possible English names for vegetables 
traditionally grown in these countries. Any information pertaining to references, 
books, or knowledge of people versed with plant taxonomy/ID doing research in 
this area would be very much appreciated! 
 Teva Dawson 
 Community Garden Coordinator 
 Des Moines Botanical Center 
 909 East River Drive 
 Des Moines, IA  50316 
 Phone:  515/323-8907 
 Fax:  515/323-8999 

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