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The Church Interpreting Podcast

Episode 22: Shouldn't people just speak English?

Season 3, Ep. 1

This season, we're answering questions about multilingual church and church interpreting. In this episode, we start with "When should churches start expecting people to just use English?"

Also, right in the middle of the episode, Jonathan lets you know about a new service to help churches who are looking to become multilingual or who want to improve what they are already offering. For more information, email Jonathan here:

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