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October 19, 2016

San Francisco Frequently Asked Questions: Who Can Help Me If My Friends Don't Speak English?

Who can help me if my friends don't speak english in San Francisco? Nicole from the San Francisco Visitor Information Center answers this week's question.

Overview
San Francisco has some of most diverse 49 square miles in the world. You can find people speaking Chinese in one neighborhood and then Spanish in the next one. Our diversity is one of our strengths. It makes things easier for our more than 5 million annual international visitors. There are plenty of people here that already speak your language.

Pre-planning
For all of your pre-planning needs, head to sftravel.com. Our website is translated into 9 foreign languages: German, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese.

Foreign Language Tour Options
Once you're in the city, there are many tours that can accommodate international visitors.

Bus tours you can take: Big Bus, Gray Line, Divina Tours
Bay cruise tours you can take: Alcatraz Cruises, Blue & Gold Fleet, Red and White Fleet
Day trip tours beyond San Francisco: Extranomical Tours

Visit the Visitor Information Center
Our volunteers can speak 14 languages and can provide guides and maps in several different languages.

The next time you have friends or family visiting who don't speak English, you can plan accordingly. Stay tuned for next week's SF FAQ.

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