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Table H-3: Written Language Codes (ISO)

Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Qu

Language CodeLanguage Description
Top 15 (most frequently used)
ENEnglish
ESSpanish
VIVietnamese
FAFarsi
LOLaotian
ARArabic
TLTagalog
12Cantonese
RURussian
KMCambodian
KOKorean
14Mandarin
PAPunjabi
BGBulgarian
PLPolish
Written Language Codes and Description in Alphabetical Order
ABABKHAZIAN
OMAFAN,OROMO
AAAFAR
15AF-MAAY
AFAFRIKAANS
SQALBANIAN,SHQIP
AMAMHARIC
ARARABIC
HYARMENIAN,HAYEREN
ASASSAMESE
AYAYMARA
AZAZERBAIJANI
BABASHKIR
EUBASQUE,EUSKERA
17BEHDINI
BNBENGALI,BANGLA
BHBIHARI
BIBISLAMA
BSBOSNIAN
02BRAILLE/ALTERNATIVE FORMAT
BRBRETON
BGBULGARIAN
MYBURMESE,MYANMASA
BEBYELORUSSIAN
KMCAMBODIAN,KHMER
12CANTONESE (SIMPLIFIED)
CACATALAN
19CHALDEAN NEO-ARAMAIC
CHCHAMORRO
ZHChinese- simplified characters
20Chinese- Traditional characters
COCORSICAN
HRCROATIAN,CROAT,HRVATSKI
CSCZECH
DADANISH
21DINKA
NLDUTCH,NEDERLANDS
DZDZONGKHA (BHUTANI,BHUTANESE)
ENENGLISH
ETESTONIAN
FOFAROESE,FAEROESE
FAFARSI,PARSIAN,PERSIAN
FJFIJI,FIJIAN
FIFINNISH,SUOMI
22FLEMISH (DUTCH)
23FORMOSAN
FRFRENCH
FYFRISIAN
24FUJIAN
25FUKIENESE (traditional characters)
FLFULA, FULAH
GLGALICIAN
KAGEORGIAN,KARTULI
DEGERMAN
ELGREEK
KLGREENLANDIC,KALAALLISUT
GNGUARANI
GUGUJARATI,GUJERATI
HTHAITIAN CREOLE/FRENCH CREOLE
26HAKKA (traditional)
HAHAUSA
27HAWRAMI
HEHEBREW,IWRITH
HIHINDI
28HMONG (BLUE/GREEN)
03HMONG (WHITE)
29HUNANESE (traditional characters)
HUHUNGARIAN,MAGYAR
30IBO
ISICELANDIC,ISLENZK
04ILACANO (ILOKO)
IDINDONESIAN,BAHASA,INDONESIA
IUINUKTITUT
IKINUPIAK
GAIRISH,GAEILGE
ITITALIAN
JAJAPANESE,NIHONGO
JVJAVANESE,BAHASA JAWA
KNKANNADA
KSKASHMIRI
KKKAZAKH
RWKINYARWANDA
KYKIRGHIZ,KYRGYZ
RNKIRUNDI
KOKOREAN,CHOSON-O
31KPELLE
KUKURDISH,ZIMANY KURDY
32KURMANJI
LOLAOTIAN,LAOTHIAN,PHA XA LOA
LVLATVIAN,LETTISH
LNLINGALA
LTLITHUANIAN
MKMACEDONIAN
MGMALAGASY
MSMALAY, BAHASA MALAYSIA
MLMALAYALAM
MTMALTESE
14MANDARIN (TRADITIONAL)
MIMAORI
MRMARATHI
MHMARSHALLESE
33MENDE
06MIEN
34MIXE
MOMOLDAVIAN
MNMONGOLIAN
NENAPALI
NVNavajo, Navaho
NONORWEGIAN
37NUER
OCOCCITAN
ORORIYA
PSPASHTO,PUSHTO
PLPOLISH
PTPORTUGESE
PAPUNJABI,PANJABI
QUQUECHUA
RMRHAETO-ROMANCE,ROMANSCH
ROROMANIA,RUMANIAN
RURUSSIAN
SMSAMOAN
SGSANGHO
GDSCOTS GAELIC
SRSERBIAN,SRPSKI
STSESOTHO
TNSETSWANA
38SHANGHAINESE (traditiona charactersl)
SNSHONA
SDSINDHI
SISINGHALESE
SSSISWATI
SKSLOVAK
SLSLOVENIAN
SOSOMALI
ESSPANISH
SUSUDANESE
SWSWAHILI
SVSWEDISH,SVENSKA
TLTAGALOG
TGTAJIK
TATAMIL
39TARASCO
TTTATAR
TETELUGU
THTHAI
BOTIBETIAN,BODSKAD
TITIGRIGNA
40TIO CHIU OR TEOCHEW (verify character style)
TOTONGAN (LANGUAGE OF TONGA)
TSTSONGA
TRTURKISH
TKTURKMEN
TWTWI
UGUIGUR
UKUKRAINIAN
URURDU
UZUZBEK
VIVIETNAMESE
CYWELSH
WOWOLOF
41WU (traditional)
XHXHOSA
YIYIDDISH,JIDDISCH
YOYORUBA
ZAZHUANG
ZUZULU
8Unknown
3Unable to contact
98DECLINED TO STATE
99OTHER

Note: For more information on CCHP's Language Assistance Data Base (LADB) project, call Otilia Tiutin at 925-313-6063 or E-mail otiutin@hsd.cccounty.us. Information about CCHP can be found at www.contracostahealthplan.org.

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Current as of March 2010
Internet Citation: Table H-3: Written Language Codes (ISO): Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Qu. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/iomracereport/reldataaph3.html