Find out about learning English and the help that’s available.
Learning English as a migrant
You need to be able to show you have a good standard of English before you can get a visa to move to New Zealand.
Translation and interpreting services
The Department of Internal Affairs Translation Service can translate documents from over 70 languages. They also offer other services, including giving cultural advice.
Lots of government agencies, councils and medical centres offer interpreters over the phone through the Language Line service. To get an interpreter:
- Call or visit an organisation.
- Ask for Language Line and the language you need — 44 languages are available.
Language Line is available Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 2pm.
Children learning English at school
Your child must study English at school. They can get extra help if they’re having trouble, even if English isn’t their first language.