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Language Interpreter Skill Identification

This discussion is about where to find information about
a. BSA uniform interpreter strips
c. What and where different languages (native and morse code) are spoken, written or signed in the United States of America (and by BSA overseas units)
d. What are the United Nations official and working languages?
e. What ISO codes are used to identify the language of a web page or a web page division identified:


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BSA Uniform Interpreter Strip References

Related my,Scouting and other tools

Interpreter Strips (language skill badges) Links

Previous articles and discussions

Older posts/discussion

  • Polish Interpreter Strip (2018-11-18-?)
    Polish Interpreter Strip

  • Bill W in Scoutbook > Forums > New Feature Requests > “interpreter strip” (2015) - Some links may have changed. Scout Stuff is now Scout Shop:

  1. Scouting.org webpage: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/inter.aspx.

  2. Scoutstuff product group list http://www.scoutstuff.org…trips.html does not list all interpreter strips. For example “morse” is missing.

  3. Scoutstuff has frequently ordered interpreter strips. Any language may be ordered as a custom order (provided the order is for a minimum number of the same language) per our local national BSA Scout Shop. Thus, any menu of languages interpreter strips is likely to be incomplete.

  4. The Scoutstuff listing is also misleading it that it states interpreter strip is for Boy Scouts. Guide to Awards and Insignia , http://www.scouting.org/f…ction3.pdf. Skills section, p. 67, states strip is for “youth member and Scouter”.

  5. Language interpreter strip progress record (2011): http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-019_WB.pdf
    Morse interpreter strip requirements (2012): http://www.k2bsa.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Morse-Code-Interpreter-Strip-w-Patch.pdf

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Languages and Codes

UNDER CONSTRUCTION - This is going to take a while. It has been about 50 years since I studied ethnic and language grouping and coding in college. Feel free to add comments.

Human language identification

ISO 639 provides three language code sets: one is a two-letter code (ISO 639-1) and two others are three-letter codes (ISO 639-2 and ISO 639-3) for the representation of names of languages. - Relationships and registration authorities for ISO 639:
* International Information Centre for Terminology, ISO 639-1/RA
* Library of Congress, ISO 639-2/RA; ISO 639.2 code list
* Library of Congress, ISO 639-5/RA
* SIL International (formerly known as the Summer Institute of Linguistics), ISO 639-3

Some Organization Official Languages

World and Regional Organizations

  • Scouting: World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)
    • World Scout Bureau
    • Kandersteg International Scout Centre is the WOSM Scout center in Switzerland. The the 2019 center’s board includes representatives from Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States.
    • Did you know at the 2017 world jamboree, over 100 Scouts earned Interpreter strips in up to twelve languages at the International Scouting Exhibit at Summit Point. Languages available included “Arabic, Cantonese, Danish, French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai.”
  • United Nations
    • There are six official languages of the UN. These are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
    • English and French are the working languages of the Secretariat.
    • official languages and working, faq. The U.N. Dag Hammarskjöld Library “Ask DAQ” FAQ service is available in English, French and Spanish. (2019)

North America, Some Central America and Caribbean

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that a person can contact the BSA supply group and order a blank strip (item #396), and they’ll put the language name requested onto the strip.

Strips from the BSA Scout Shop

Available Locally

Shop All Interpreter Strips” (2020; frequently purchased strips)

BSA common interpreter strips (Awards Central, downloaded 2019-11-20); BSA Scouting magazine article list (December 2018):

Language Awards Central 2019 Article 2018 Item
English (not listed)
ASL "signing" replaced by "American Sign Language" signing No.390
Français French (No. 391) French No. 391
Deutsch German (No. 392) German No. 392
Nederlands Dutch (No. 393) Dutch No. 393
Español Spanish (No. 395) Spanish No. 395
Italiano Italian (No. 400) Italian No. 400
Português Portuguese (No. 401) Portuguese No. 401
русский Russian (No. 402) Russian No. 402
403 ?
粵語 Cantonese (No. 404) Cantonese (Chinese) No. 404
Ελληνικά Greek (No. 405) Greek No. 405
日本語 Japanese (No. 406) Japanese No. 406
简体 Simplified Mandarin (No. 407) Simplified Mandarin (Chinese) No. 407
繁體 Traditional Mandarin (No. 408) Traditional Mandarin (Chinese) No. 408
Vietnamese (No. 409) Vietnamese No. 409
ASL American Sign Language (No. 18025) American Sign Language No. 18025
עִבְרִית ( *Ivrit* - Hebrew pronunciation) ? Hebrew (No. 18039) Hebrew No. 18039
-- --- .-. ... . Morse code (No. 615120) Morse Code No. 615120

Special Order

2020-01-06 per BSA national Scout Shop:

Item # 396 “Interpreter Strip Misc”
$5.89 for two (must order at least two)
May be ordered by telephone.
BSA national Scout Shop +1-800-323-0736

Must be ordered from the national Scout Shop. Local scout shops do not have this item in their ordering system (which may be updated soon.)

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