With 14,000 athletes from 205 Olympic teams and 170 Paralympic teams taking part, the London 2012 Olympic Games is going to be a test of communication.
The official languages of the Olympics are English and French and some have reported that this means announcements and signposts will feature both these languages at the games, which start in less than 100 days.
English and French will not be the only languages that London will have to cater for
London 2012 will be recruiting ‘Games Makers’ with specific language skills to help out. These 4,000 to 5,000 volunteers will be hired to assist with interpretation and aid communication for visitors whether they be officials or the general public.
This interactive map lists all the teams taking part and their official languages. It shows just how many languages will be incorporated and how they play an integral role in the Games.
Many more visitors will be coming from overseas to visit the UK as spectators and will have their own language barriers to overcome. American tourists may think that they don’t have a worry in this department with our shared language; however we’ve found this to not be the case! Here is an English to English dictionary to prevent our American friends getting lost in translation.