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How To Work With An Interpreter

Since we have already discussed interpretation in general terms and, more specifically, simultaneous interpretation and consecutive interpretation, today we shall analyze what working, which is why this post is designed for people who will make use of interpretation to transmit a message, i.e. speakers, whether interviewers, professors, doctors, etc. Below are some suggestions that should […]

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Interculturality in the Medical Field

Since societies are becoming increasingly more plural, it is complicated and even dangerous to get sick in a foreign country, especially in one with a language you cannot communicate in. One of the clearest examples of this type of multicultural societies is, obviously, the United States, which is home to people from nearly every country […]

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Telephone Interpretation

In today’s globalized world, the need to close the gap between two different languages grows stronger each day. This can be achieved with the translation of a document or through interpretation services at a meeting, seminar, or in this case, a phone call. For this reason, telephone interpretation has been growing in size and importance […]

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One Japanese New Year’s Celebration

While taking my time to look around and appreciate all that other cultures have to offer in terms of variety and uniqueness, I stumbled across this fantastic post describing the tradition on the Japanese peninsula of Oga: http://samuraidave.wordpress.com/2009/03/04/japanese-devils-scare-the-laziness-out-of-kids/ In short, the tradition centers around Namahage, a local mountain deity who…well, he must be seen to […]

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The Importance of Language in Diplomacy

The United States government has a high demand for linguists. President Obama’s administration is looking to put more emphasis on diplomacy through more effective multilingual communication in all areas: intelligence, defense, State Department agencies, etc. The ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) was created and includes several agencies of the State Department. Its main focus will be […]

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Is “usted” Really Always the Best Option?

I’ve noticed lots of confusion regarding this matter: many people are under the impression that it’s correct to use “usted” at all times, in all cases. I’m afraid that that’s not correct, however: not always, not in all cases.  It depends on the objective to be accomplished. According to the Diccionario de la Real Academia […]

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