Officials propose alternate languages on city signs

City of Charlotte leaders are working on making the Queen City more accesible for people who don't speak English.

They're pursuing a language access plan to get more people involved in the community.

The City of Charlotte is growing everyday and attracting people from all over the world.

"If you see any English classes in the area, they're full," said Latin American Coalition Executive Director Jose Hernandez-Paris.  "They're full of people wanting to learn English."

As with learning anything new, learning a whole new language can be a process that takes time.

"It's the way we communicate," said Hernandez-Paris.  "And we don't want anyone to feel isolated-- we want them to integrate into the growth of Charlotte."

City leaders are launching a language access plan that will make it easier for those who don't speak English to communicate and interact with city government.

"It's a way for us to get more information to more citizens in this community," said City Council Member Larken Egelston.  "In a way they can digest it and use it and understand it."

The city's immigrant committee is focusing on translating forms, documents and webpages-- as well as making over the phone translation services more readily available.  The city also wants to improve signage.  Eight different languages will be included.

"I think it's a good step where we are extending our hands to our immigrant brothers and sisters that there are resources," said City Council Member Dimple Ajmera.  "We are making things easily available to them-- regardless of their language barrier."