Multilingual College Advertising & Financial Assistance Information: All Applicants Need to Understand

Posted by Dynamic Language May 15, 2016

Many colleges want to attract international students from various countries.


According to the Institute of International Education, 975,000 international students are enrolled in colleges throughout the United States. The nation sending the most international students to the U.S. is China, followed closely by India and South Korea. Some popular subjects for international students to study often include business, engineering, mathematics, and education, among other areas of study.

Colleges and universities work hard to attract international students to their schools, but many prospective students and their families aren't proficient in English. Are colleges doing enough to ensure these students and their parents can understand their marketing content, plus the potentially complex paperwork related to the college enrollment experience? In part, it depends on how motivated the schools are to communicate with these potential students in their native language in addition to English, beginning early in the recruitment process.

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Topics: International Markets, Translation, Interpretation, education

Are Your Business/Academic Conferences Useful for All Attendees?

Posted by Dynamic Language May 6, 2016

Globalization has forever changed the world of business and academia. Every year, thousands of conferences are held, and many of these conferences have a truly global audience, with attendees and speakers from a wide variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.


Conveying your message to a multi-lingual audience requires skill and planning.

How Globalization Spurs the Need for New Language Competencies

The article "The Impact of Globalization on Communication Skills Development" observes: "Communication skills development has always been an important factor of success in business, but the influence of globalization and cross-cultural interaction in recent decades has impacted the types of communication skills needed in dramatic ways. No longer can entrepreneurs afford to simply communicate well within their own homogeneous cultures. Today, people need to understand the dynamics of long-distance collaboration, the impact of culture on manners of speaking and body language, and how to use technology to communicate with people on the other side of the globe."

As businesses and universities engage with an ever-widening range of cultures and languages, it is increasingly clear that language interpretation is a service in high demand. Businesses and Universities wishing to adequately reach their entire global audience must accommodate cultural and linguistic differences in order to be effective and successful.

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Topics: Interpretation, Conference, Education Industry

What the NCIHC Says About Healthcare Professionals & Interpreter Services

Posted by Dynamic Language Feb 11, 2016

Experts in healthcare interpretation services have found that qualified 
interpreters can improve the care for limited English proficiency patients.

 

The National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare is an organization dedicated to creating equal access to health care through accurate interpretation and translation. Besides advocating for interpretation rights for patients, the organization also provides training for interpreters.

Healthcare interpreting can take place in many different settings. Hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices, home visits, and public health presentations all involve different kinds of crucial health conversations, and it’s essential for this information to be properly understood by the patient. Interpreting may be necessary between doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers, and the patient and their family members, depending on the situation.

 

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Topics: Interpretation, Language, Translation, Healthcare

Translation Terminology 101

Posted by Dynamic Language Feb 9, 2016

 

An infographic overview of some of the concepts, processes and terminology used in the language and translation services industry.

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Topics: Interpretation, Transcreation, Localization, Translation, Infographic

Does Your Medical Practice Welcome Diverse Patients?

Posted by Dynamic Language Feb 3, 2016

Professional interpreting services will help your entire medical team provide better care to patients.


Working with diverse patients who have Limited Proficiency in communicating in English (LEP for “Limited English Proficiency”) presents some unique challenges for medical professionals. Understanding medical terminology and instructions can be difficult even without a language barrier, so it's easy to see how it could be especially difficult to diagnose and treat patients who don't have a good understanding of the language their medical professionals speak when they have difficulty in providing feedback during an exam.

Communicating with LEP patients poses many challenges. Patients may be embarrassed about their lack of English skills and pretend they understand a doctor's instructions when in fact, they don't understand. They may believe they are saving everyone trouble by using their children, a family member, or a friend to interpret for them, but does their chosen interpreter understand the terminology used? And from a liability perspective, do the patient and interpreter know the implications of what they’re committing to?

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Topics: Interpretation, Language, Healthcare

Professional Interpreter Services in Life and Death Situations: Leave No Room for Error

Posted by Dynamic Language Jan 20, 2016

In emergency situations, interpreting errors can create life-or-death situations.


When non-English speaking patients require urgent care, there is a limited amount of time to find someone who can interpret for the medical staff and patient - and even if someone who is bilingual is found, the interpretation is unlikely to be reliable and free from error. If there are medical complications due to inaccurate information, who is responsible?

Hospitals and medical clinics are required by law to provide professional interpreting services to all patients who request them, which is estimated to be about 9% of all Americans. But too often, hospitals bypass professional interpreters in emergency situations in order to expedite treatment or because professional interpretation services have not been arranged for ahead of time.

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Topics: Interpretation, Language, Healthcare

Interpreter Services Lead to Better Patient Care

Posted by Dynamic Language Jan 2, 2016

Using an interpreter can lead to better patient outcomes.


When there is a language barrier between doctors and patients, it's important to make sure both sides fully understand each other. In the arena of medical care, misunderstandings due to a language barrier can sometimes have dangerous--even fatal--consequences.

When thirteen-year-old Gricelda Zamora was taken to the hospital with severe abdominal pains, her parents misunderstood the doctor's directions. Normally, Gricelda served as interpreter for her Spanish-speaking parents, but she was too ill to do so in this case. The doctor told her parents to bring her back immediately if symptoms worsened, or to follow up with a doctor in three days. Her parents thought the doctor said to wait three days to see the doctor. After two days, Gricelda became so weakened that they finally brought her back to the hospital, where she died of a ruptured appendix.

Although most medical-related misunderstandings aren't nearly this serious, Zamora's situation highlights the need for qualified interpreters in the health care field. In fact, for hospitals and practices getting federal subsidies, including patients who get government-subsidized health care, providing interpretation services is a requirement under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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Topics: Interpretation, Translation, Healthcare

Interpretation Certification Programs

Posted by Dynamic Language Jul 20, 2015

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, today a record one in five Americans does not speak English at home. Of those 61.8 billion people, 41% (25.1 billion) report that they do not speak English very well. While interpreting has always been a necessary tool for international interactions, it is becoming increasingly important domestically. In addition, interpretation is a great career for bilingual or multilingual residents of the US looking to use their language skills to strengthen and help their communities. As a woman- and minority-owned business, Dynamic Language values the quality of the interpretation services it offers, and is always looking for more interpreting talent. To get in on this booming career, however, interpretation training and certification is required.

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Topics: Interpretation

Dynamic Language ranked as top Language Service Provider

Posted by Dynamic Language Jul 15, 2015

In the annual research publication “The Language Services Market: 2015,” Common Sense Advisory rated Dynamic Language as one of the world's top Language Service Providers, ranking it as #15 in the US and #62 in the world. This is the second consecutive year CSA has recognized Dynamic Language, which was ranked as #18 nationally and #75 globally in 2014.

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Topics: Interpretation, Localization, Translation, Communication, Awards

When Interpreter Services Are the Last Thing You Plan For a Conference

Posted by Dynamic Language Jan 29, 2015

As everyone who has had the responsibility of planning a conference knows, there are plenty of tasks that need to be completed in the time leading up to the event. Even after you find a venue for the conference, there are still the tasks of sound and lighting, arranging for food and beverages, setting the schedule and working to attract guests.

One thing that many conference planners forget about is interpreter services. Interpreter services for your conference can be extremely valuable if you are attempting to appeal to a global market, and securing quality interpreter services is more important than you might think; without proper help from interpreters, your event will not be as well-received as it could be.

Despite how important interpreter services are for your conference, many people who plan conferences still end up waiting until the last minute to obtain them. This is a critical mistake, because it sets off a chain of events that have can have a negative endpoint.

Rushing to Find an Interpreter

When you leave your search for conference interpreter services until the last minute, means you will be fairly pressed for time. There may still be a few other important things you need to take care of, so you rush each of them, including your search for interpreter services.

Unfortunately, this may mean you spend less time searching for the best possible interpreters. Because of this, you may not closely examine their previous track record or capabilities, and you may end up with a poor quality interpreter. Even if you do find a reputable, skilled interpreter at the last minute, you may not be able to prepare them sufficiently for the conference.

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Topics: Interpretation, Translation