Wetlands Education Center adds Spanish translations – Garden City Telegram
Spanish speakers are the second largest population of native speakers in the world. It is also the second most spoken language in the United States.
Under the direction of Dr. Giovani López, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages at Fort Hays State University, FHSU Translation and Interpretation students translate various materials into Spanish.
Thanks to the work of these students, Spanish-speaking visitors to FHSU’s Kansas Wetlands Education Center (KWEC) near Great Bend now have the ability to access information through multiple channels, including the Internet and in exhibits at the center. The KWEC, which covers more than 65 square miles in south-central Kansas, is one of the largest wetland reserves in the United States and is home to more than 350 species of birds.
The KWEC Project is one of many projects that students in the Department of Modern Languages participate in to open the door to Kansas cultural events for monolingual Spanish speakers.
Dr. Aly Baumgartner, Paleontology Collections Manager at the Sternberg Museum, works with FHSU students to include a weekly translation of their Fossil Friday social media posts into Spanish.
“Translation isn’t easy, especially when you’re struggling with specialized vocabulary and a limited character count,” Baumgartner said. “Riley’s knowledge of Spanish and paleontology means she is able to succinctly summarize content in Spanish, even when character count limitations make direct translation impossible. This is the first step in a long series to make our museum more accessible to a wider audience.