Indiana BMV Offering 11 New Foreign Language Options

Published 07/31 2014 10:29PM

Updated 08/01 2014 12:40AM

"There are different languages everywhere, really. It's not all English."

The Hoosier state hopes to break the language barrier as the Bureau of Motor Vehicles adds several new languages to their drivers test.

Today Fort Wayne and Indianapolis were the first to offer eleven foreign languages to their computerized drivers test.

By the end of this week, they will expand it to six more branches. In about a week the BMV hopes to have all Indiana branches, including Evansville, equipped with the translations.

It's the BMV routine.

You take your ticket, you sit and wait to be called for the test.

The routine seems easy, but for some it's not.

"It can be a little bit of a challenge," says Neeru Tindoni.

The Indiana BMV hopes to make things a little easier by now offering eleven foreign language options on their automated drivers test.

"It's definitely going to be able to help because it will be worded to put them more at a comfort zone." Able to speak several languages, Neeru Tindoni moved to Evansville from the United Kingdom.

She just completed her drivers test and says she's excited for Indiana to make more accommodations.

"Its a pressure in itself. On top of that, when you don't have a better understanding because of the language barrier, then you are really going to be stuck. So, definitely to add the different languages is going to be very, very, helpful indeed."

Even though many people understand English, she says the phrasing can be tricky.

"They might think of the wording and think, does this mean this? It can have two different meanings when you read the sentence. Having it in the different languages is going to be very helpful," says Tindoni.

Indiana BMV Commissioner, Don Snemis, says the idea to translate the computerized test comes in response to numerous requests from businesses, universities and advocacy groups. "The customer service representative just hits a few buttons, the test comes up in the alternative language, they take it, the computer determines whether they passed or failed, and that's it," explains Snemis.

You can only use this new option on the computerized test, not the paper version.

"I don't think that I would be able to go in and be like, yeah I'm going to go in here with confidence. I wasn't even confident to go in there and taking it in my own language," says Nicole Grayson. Grayson says the options make the Hoosier state more welcoming to diversity.

"I think that it will be a good experience for them to be able to go in there with confidence, and know that they can take it and be able to have their own language in there."

The BMV hopes to add even more new languages to the list in the future.

New BMV Foreign Language Options:

- Arabic

- Burmese

- Chin

- German

- Japanese

- Korean

- Chinese

- Punjabi

- Russian

- Spanish

- Vietnamese




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