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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.

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 [...]

Happy Holidays!

Vocalink Global extends warm holiday wishes from our family to yours!

Court Decision: No “Absolute Right” to Waive Interpreting

We spend a lot of time talking about the circumstances under which organizations must provide interpreting services to their customers, patients, employees, and/or the public. But what about the [...]

Overcoming Low Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency

It’s December and high school students across Ohio are taking “end-of-course exams.” These exams are one of the ways students can earn the “graduation points” they need to graduate with a high [...]

The Twelve Terms of Translation

Thanksgiving is over and much of the world is getting ready to celebrate a full holiday season … Christmas, Hanukkah, Mawlid el-Nabi, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Omisoka, Yule, and more! We thought [...]

The Interpreter Who Made Thanksgiving Possible

Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year. Thanksgiving is rooted in the historic cooperation between the Pilgrims who settled at Plymouth Rock in [...]

A Win-Win: Engage Your Multilingual Workforce and Manage Risk

In our last blog, we discussed a recent court decision that found an employer’s anti-harassment workplace policy was “defective or dysfunctional” because a Spanish-speaking foreman (aka, a [...]

Court Finds Untranslated Employment Policy “Defective or Dysfunctional”

In the era of #MeToo, employers must carefully craft and enforce policies prohibiting sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. It’s not only the right thing to do, but it’s also a [...]

Language and Culture Factors Into PEST Analysis

When entering a new market, businesses must analyze the macro-economic factors that will affect strategic planning and success. This is true whether the business is venturing across town, across [...]