Speaking of Language

Our team has a lot to say on the subject of language, along with the people, processes and technologies that surround it. Our thoughts are collected here, with frequent additions to keep the conversation fresh. Check back often for new posts, and Contact Us with any questions or topic ideas. Posts are displayed by date with the most recent first. To narrow down by topic, please use the categories to the right.

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 Foreign-born workers… have some of the highest worker fatality rates of any population. Census data estimates show that a large number of foreign-born individuals have limited English proficiency (LEP) and limited education, inhibiting their ability to understand safety and health training and other rights on the job.”  — American Public Health Association Create a Safety-centric Workplace with Multilingual Communication Safety Begins with Communication It has long been recognized that some of the most grueling and
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“Even in times of crisis, the need to communicate across borders still exist[s]. But a global crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic requires an unprecedented level of global cooperation and coordination, in which case translation and language services serve as the foundation to it all.” — World Financial Review Manufacturing Shifts Toward a Stronger, More Connected Workforce Manufacturing Challenges Post-COVID-19 Just about every industry under the sun has had to face immediate changes in response
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As we gear up for the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo here at Vocalink, we’re thinking a lot about employee safety and security. When considering workplace safety, it is common to think of hazards, equipment, safety procedures, and rigorous compliance training. While those are certainly important factors in protecting the safety and health of your employees, it is vital not to forget about safety as an intangible concept. Language & Workplace Safety Imagine an employee
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Give a person a fish, and that person will eat for a day. Teach a person to fish, and that person will eat throughout his lifetime. — Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie (paraphrased) Let’s Help Communities to Thrive  Multilingual communication is key to helping vulnerable populations thrive. “Give a person a fish, and that person will eat for a day. Teach a person to fish, and that person will eat throughout his lifetime.” Chances are you’ve
COVID-19 Hit Hard for Onsite Healthcare Interpreting For healthcare facilities, COVID-19 hit from all angles. At the onset of the pandemic, not only were medical staff in a frenzy to ensure they had enough personal protective equipment (PPE) to care for their own, but they were also feverishly trying to hold on to sufficient numbers of staff to effectively manage the sudden, alarming spikes in emergency room visits and admissions. As if that wasn’t already
The Perfect Blend of Advanced Technology with a Human Touch Specialized Translation Services Thanks in large part to the Internet and to advancements in technology, billions of consumers from every corner of the globe now actively and regularly engage online. Not only has this presented great opportunities for companies across industries to connect to overseas markets but it has also generated the growing need for specialized translation services.  Translators with in-depth knowledge of your industry
The Future Shift to eLearning – and the Benefits of eLearning Localization Benefits of eLearning We know how busy you are so there is no sense in beating around the bush. Let’s get right down to brass tacks and talk about the future shift to eLearning. In fact, it isn’t really a “future” shift at all. It is happening right before our very eyes. And, although the current COVID-19 pandemic was certainly not the catalyst
The Rise of Video Remote Interpreting in Telehealth US Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Language access in healthcare has always played a critical role in healthcare, but during COVID-19, the stakes are even higher. America is most definitely a home for every language and for every culture. In fact, one of the nation’s most uniquely defining characteristics is its cultural and linguistic diversity. To put this into perspective, as of 2015, the United States Census Bureau
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. (Les Brown) “Yes. It’s that time of year again. While some families might be thrilled to pick up where they left off, others might be apprehensive. Perhaps you are wondering what this school year will bring, especially in light of the additional challenges brought on by the new coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Nonetheless, we march forward. With years of experience partnering in education,
Due to the recent events of the global pandemic, COVID-19, Interpreting industries are going through a new transition of heavily relying on Remote Interpreting (RI). RI is a technologically advanced form of interpreting that involves using technological tools like the internet, LAN-WAN, teleconference devices, computer, video/audio abilities to service multiple clients. This is a quick turnaround from the face-face model of interpreting where all parties involved were in meeting at one designated place. So what

Business Continuity Amid Global Crisis

Posted by Vocalink Global on  April 3, 2020
Category: Compliance
It has never been more important to stand for unity and participate in social distancing to protect our loved ones, our communities, and our neighbors across the world. It’s important we stay close. Not close in proximity, but in close collaboration to protect our neighbors around the world together. Together, we can flatten the curve. Vocalink Global is staying apart, together. Our Vocalink Family is just that—a family made up of clients, team members, and
The world is coming together to address the COVID-19 global pandemic and Vocalink Global is doing its part both to stop the spread of the disease and to continue to facilitate multilingual communication. On Monday, March 23, 2020, in accordance with Governor Mike Dewine and the Ohio Department of Health’s Stay at Home Order, Vocalink Global moved to “Condition Red” in its COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. This means that all administrative staff members are working from
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