The only problem with all these translation services is that it encourages people not to learn English and therefore remain isolated from mainstream society. The intention may be kind but effect is vicious and cruel and serves neither the indigenous population or the incomers.
Not only do we bear the financial cost of all this translation society also bears the cost in term of lack of social cohesion and individuals in terms of isolation and restriction of their ability to become part of the whole. The original poster (presumably on behalf of his/her employer) appears to be proud of this when in reality it is something they should be thoroughly ashamed of.
Better facilities for those with hearing problems or indeed other disabilities are to be welcomed. There should be no artificial barriers to them obtaining driving/riding licenses provided that it is safe for them do do so.
Now driving theory test can be given using this facilities.
Some of the facilities for candidates with special needs include:
- for car and motorcycle candidates, using a headset to listen to the test being read in one of 20 other languages. This will help candidates who do
not understand or read English, or who wish to take the test in their first language.
These languages are Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dari, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Kurdish, Mirpuri, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Pushto, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu and Welsh.
- large goods vehicle drivers and passenger carrying vehicle drivers can use a headset to listen to the test being read in English and Welsh.
- for all candidates, using a headset to listen to the test being read in English. This helps those with dyslexia and other reading difficulties.
- an on-screen video of the test being signed in British Sign Language for car and motorcycle candidates who are deaf or have other hearing difficulties
I suppose the idea is to make people more comfortable doing the test. I used to work for immigration and I used to come across plenty of people whose general command of English was good enough for everyday use but might fall foul of situations like a driving test. One of the reasons that any foreign doctor wishing to work here has to pass the PLAB test first to show that their command of the language is to a sufficient standard.
In any case, using what I have cut and pasted from a carphonewarehouse site, methinks some of our "native" people may need the theory test done in "txt spk". This mong is slagging off a phone that I am planning to buy, and you can see why as the moron probably can't understand the manual, being written in English and all.....
me from Manchester , 08 April 2010
Ease of use
wen i 1st got it i fought it was 2 good 2 B true considering the price.
-it looked gr8 n groovey
-the touch skreen iz really cool.
-it comes wif sum good backgrounds n ringtones.
however i soon got 2 know the fone and realised id wasted my money.
-wen txting u often press the ok buttun
-it hasnt got as near adds as u think
-the game i got was simon says!
-confusin 2 use
this fone is very basic but good if that wat u want. personly i wud say dont get it!
The OP appears to have a special need of his/her own.
I am ever hopeful that post 6 May we will see the back of this sort of waste of public money that also seems deliberately calculated to encourage people not to learn to speak English and thus integrate into society. Whoever is responsible should hang their heads in shame.