Light language is n.e. not so hard

4. October 2019

Verbal language is just as much a part of the user experience as images or sounds. Too often, our language is too complicated for the 'normal consumer'. The language of the authorities, the legal language and the contract language makes it difficult to understand the connections. People with learning difficulties or other barriers such as For example, people who are currently learning German are left behind and excluded by complicated language.

Light language is helpful for many people.

  • For people with learning difficulties
  • For people with a migrant background
  • For people in language learning
  • For children who are learning language
  • For families / people with hearing impairment
  • For dementia sufferers
  • For carers or nurses
  • In various other brain damage
A simpler language would often help, but it is not quite enough. In order to exercise their right to participate, the Association of People with Learning Difficulties has defined Light Language as the standard. Offering alternatives in light language will become more and more committed to public authorities or platforms funded by public funds. We are making this commitment on our family and professional platform – out of conviction and because it has been supported by EU funds.

Take a look here: https://dresden.familie-und-beruf.online/de-de/index.html

In addition, we took the issue so seriously that five of us took a course. Now we write regularly from time to time in light language. Because light language is not so difficult, we would like to share our knowledge. To help you find easy language for yourself and your platforms, here are the basics and key rules.

Rules of light language for the layout of the text:

  • Clear and simple layout (clear, straight, maximum 2s-paltig, without overlays)
  • Simple and clear font (only sans sans)
  • Large font (optimal 14 point)
  • Align text left-aligned (not block set at all)
  • 1.5 times the line spacing (not 1.1 times the standard because it is visually overwhelmed)
  • Contrast-rich implementation (e.g. B. without photos in the background)
  • Use images as a supplement (explanatory photos or illustrations)
  • Highlight ing an important content (e.g. B. Grease, larger or coloured)

Rules of light language for structure and formulation:

  • Many paragraphs and headings
  • Simple sentence construction (subject – predicate – object)
  • Divided into short sentences (maximum 12 words)
  • Only one statement per sentence (only one line for printed matter)
  • New set beginning with new content (make a point often and do not use commas)
  • Working with examples (some of them are in parentheses here)
  • Active words / formulation (instead of passive and subjunctive)
  • Avoid dative (The pants of Peter instead of Peter's pants)
  • Repetition of important words (As used here in Light Language.)
  • Same words for the same
  • Personal pronunciation (Please sit here politely. Dozens only with friends and acquaintances.)
  • Positive language (We look forward to seeing you.)

Rules of Easy Language for Word Choice and Formatting

  • Separate long words with a hyphen (e.g. B. Work Agency, Disabled-Fair Entrance)
  • Short words
  • Use known words
  • Use simple words
  • Explain heavy words (very important for technical terms.)
  • Use verbs (instead of noun)
  • Arabic numerals instead of words (also 1 – 12 as digits)
  • For date & time by default (as 9:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m.)
  • Avoid special characters such as (instead of the word)
  • Use only common abbreviations (truck or OK is fine. Ect. tendering)
  • Simplified male form (instead of tanning language with *innen)

Leichte Sprache ist lernbar

Wenn Leichte Sprache für Sie ein Thema ist, unterstützen wir Sie gerne als Dienstleistung oder unterrichten sie im Rahmen des Trainings Barrierefreiheit.