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Interpreters at the G-20 Meeting in Seoul

Last week was the meeting of the Group of Twenty (G-20), in Seoul. In this two-day event, 25 Heads of State and representatives of various international organizations gathered to discuss currencies and other pending global issues. Since the official languages of this event was Korean and English, the Organizing Committee of the G-20 summit in […]

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Language knowledge is key to global competitiveness

Around 200 million school-aged children in China study English yet just 24,000 of 54 million US schoolchildren learn Chinese languages. “If the US, in the modern world, is going to maintain its position as a global leader it’s going to have to become more conversant,” said Ken Gude, a former Center for National Security Studies […]

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English Subtitles for Spanish Telenovelas

The Spanish-language television networks in Southern California are concentrated on attracting and expanding their Anglophone audience. With this challenge in mind, they rely on English subtitles for the most successful Latin American soap operas. For many second- and third-generation Latino immigrants, English is not their secondary language, but their mother tongue. They understand Spanish, thanks […]

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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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Specialized Translation Agencies

I recently read an article about the new national certification given to medical interpreters of Spanish in the United States. I think this is actually quite important, especially for the people who are receiving medical services. Unfortunately, these people have a very low level of education. In addition, they are looking to include languages besides […]

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