what does correspondence language mean?

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Should we choose a child whose correspondence language matches out own?
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It means the language the child writes their letters in. Some sponsors prefer to have their child write in a language they have some knowledge of.  But Compassion makes sure the letter is translated into English (for Compassion USA, which this site is for) before you receive the letter so it does not really matter.  If you are going to visit and want to take something in their language, Spanish (For example) is easier to find things in than Bengali.  OTOH, in Ecuador a lot of kids Spanish is not their first language -- it is just the correspondence language. They have a lot of local dialects.  Uganda is a country where the correspondence language is English -- but I recently discovered the reason for that is there are so many dialects there it makes more sense for the centers to write in English from the start than to translate later. It does not mean my 6 year old actually knows English -- but that her tutor who is helping her write her letter is doing the translation as they go.  (And I do think they do learn English in Uganda as they get older)

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