Thursday, July 26, 2007

Language Assignment By Postal Code

Every so often I run across a need to assign languages by postal code. Currently I need to assign languages by the Belgium postal codes. The following table shows the prominent language for each postal code of Belgium:

Capital LanguagePostal codes
Antwerp DUTCH2000-2999
Ghent DUTCH9000-9999
Leuven DUTCH1500-1999, 3000-3499
Mons FRENCH6000-6599, 7000-7999
Liege FRENCH4000-4999
Hasselt DUTCH3500-3999
Arlon FRENCH6600-6900
Namur FRENCH5000-5999
Wavre FRENCH1300-1499
Brugge DUTCH8000-8999

Here is a map showing the language breakdown of Belgium:

Here is a language assignment by postal code for Switzerland.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Salutations Used in Direct Mail

I am working on a direct mail project that requires personalized letters addressed to all manner of people from around the world - from members of Congress to Doctors, lawyers, members of parliament, etc. and these letters are being translated into multiple languages. I am searching for an already existing table of translated titles of address or salutations.

The following pages include fairly complete lists of salutations but I am hunting around for more complete and then translated tables like this. If anyone out there knows of such a table, please let me know.

Table with Forms of Address
Official Forms of Address