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Happy International Translation Day

Celebrating International Translation Day 2018 On May 24, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution (Resolution 71/288, https://undocs.org/en/A/RES/71/288) declaring September 30 to be International Translation Day. “International Translation Day is meant as an opportunity to pay tribute to the work of language professionals, which plays an important role in bringing nations together, facilitating […]

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Take a Lesson from Schools: Translation and Interpreting Often Required by Law

For regular readers of our blogs and newsletters, you know we often highlight the legal regulations that organizations should be aware of when it comes to providing translators and interpreters for clients/customers. Various federal and state laws are in place to make sure that businesses—especially those receiving government funding—meet basic requirements for providing translation services […]

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Translation and Interpreting: How to Best Communicate with Foreign Language-Speaking Customers

Willy Brandt, the former West German Chancellor, once famously said: “If I am selling to you, I speak your language. If I am buying, dann müssen sie Deutsch sprechen (then you must speak German).” The quote underscores a point we continue to emphasize more broadly to businesses and organizations today: the most effective way to […]

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HIPAA Compliance Critical to Protect Medical Translations

Two of the most critical parts of any translation project are accuracy and confidentiality. You want your content communicated the right way and you want it protected in the process. For medical translations, the confidentiality part takes on extra significance since it may contain sensitive patient records protected by federal law. When selecting a Language […]

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What’s the Difference Between Translation and Interpretation?

Generally, most people don’t know the difference between “translation” and “interpreting.” To them the words are interchangeable and mean the same thing: converting words from one language to another. But to those within the language services industry, there is an important distinction between the two terms, and if you’re thinking about communicating your message into […]

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Rules of Thumb to Ensure Quality Health Care Interpreting and Translation Services

Medical jargon is complex and confusing enough that many patients often leave their doctor’s office wondering, “What did she just say?” Imagine the added anxiety if the patient doesn’t speak English. Census figures show that the number of people who speak a language other than English in the United States has reached an all-time high […]

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Interpreting Services are Changing with the Times

The role of interpreter has changed much over the years. Gone are the days when an interpreter just had to know how to verbally translate words from one language into another. In addition to language skills, professional interpreters undergo extensive training to refine their skills, and they must adhere to mandatory requirements that vary by […]

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What’s Driving the Increased Demand for Interpreting?

In the language services field, translators and interpreters play similar but different roles. Translators deal primarily with the written word while interpreters work with the spoken word. Both are integral to bringing people of different languages and cultures together, but more recently the interpreting function has gained increasing traction. The trend is one you should pay […]

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How to Choose the Right Translation Provider—Ask Yourself These Questions

To compete in the global marketplace, a growing number of businesses and organizations are adding “multilingual communication” to their strategic business plans. That’s the first step to Going Global. But picking the right translation and interpreting provider can be tricky. Today’s rich mix of professional agencies, independent freelancers and technology devices can make the selection […]

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As Our Country Grows, So Should Your Translation and Interpreting Efforts for Immigrants

The United States’ proud identity as the “land of opportunity” has been a clarion call for immigrants since our country’s founding. While playing a large role in building the nation from “sea to shining sea,” immigrants also helped weave diverse customs into the cultural fabric of America—from food to fashion, from religion to politics, from […]

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