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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.

31 Years Later – ASL & the Deaf Community

March 2019 marks the 31st year since the historic protest among the deaf community surrounding Gallaudet University’s election of a hearing person as the seventh president of the school. This [...]

Translation – A Service Rather Than a Commodity

With the introduction and advancement of machine translation in today’s world, just about anyone can “translate” content. Both free options, like Google Translate, and more sophisticated, [...]

Have You Witnessed Live Interpreting? Me Neither, Until Now.

Vocalink Global’s language interpreters help others communicate across language and culture around 650,000 minutes every month.   Our on-site interpreters facilitate effective communication about [...]

Workplace Safety for Your Multicultural Organization

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 [...]

Tips for Working with an Interpreter

We recently reviewed why it is important to use a professional interpreter to ensure effective communication with Limited-English-Proficient (LEP) individuals, whether they’re your patient, [...]

A Professional Interpreter – It’s Worth It

According to the US Census Bureau, more than 25 million Americans speak English “less than very well” [1]. That means this specific population is less able to access adequate health care, [...]

What It Takes to Be a Great Translator

Translation is thought to be one of the top 10 most in-demand skills of 2019. But what does that mean for you and your translation needs? What qualities should a good translator possess? Keep [...]

Where is Braille Required by Law?

This month, we’ve highlighted Braille in recognition of National Braille Literacy Awareness month. We began with an overview of Braille terminology in the “The ABC’s of Braille.” Next, we took a [...]

Modern Usage of Braille in Today’s Society

In our previous blog, “The ABC’s of Braille Literacy,” we learned the most important terminology surrounding Braille. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the modern usage of Braille. How is [...]

The ABC’s of Braille Literacy

January is National Braille Literacy Awareness Month in honor of Louis Braille, who developed Braille. Louis Braille was born in January of 1809 and this year marks the 210th anniversary of his [...]

The Language of Interpreting

Over the recent holiday season, we brought you the Twelve Terms of Translation, offering definitions for some of the most commonly used terms in the world of document and website translation and [...]

The Right to Remain Silent in Any Language

You Have the Right To Remain Silent Anyone familiar with America police drama TV shows, movies, or books knows these famous lines:   You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can [...]

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