Tricky Challenges Every Translator Faces

We all know being a translator is a demanding job – one that requires understanding not only a language, but the people who speak it, their habits, their culture and the grammar that tags along with all of that. Sometimes it can be confusing and frustrating when dealing with certain challenges which include—but are not…

5 Challenges Every Interpreter Faces

  A professional certified interpreter’s job is to connect people through language using above-par language skills, diligence, perseverance and owl-like precision hearing. The best interpreters are always improving their language skills, but —no matter what— there are a few areas that can potentially trip them up. Aside from occasionally being unsure on how to translate…

Language Influences How We Think: Fact, or (Science) Fiction?

  Sci-fi movies often require viewers to suspend at least some belief.  Certain linguists and language lovers had to do this in a very unexpected way when watching 2017 Oscar Best Picture nominee “Arrival”. A major idea in the film is that the language you speak influences how you perceive reality.  This isn’t an original…

Latinx and The Linguistic Revolution

  You may have heard that it is now perfectly acceptable to use “they” when referring to a single person. The old “he/she” rule is now passé. In fact, the singular “they” was named Word of the Year in 2016 by over 200 linguists who make up the American Dialect Society. “They” is a gender-neutral…

Learning a New Language? Give it 10,000 Hours.

Many people wonder how long it takes to learn a second language. Well, the answer is about 10,000 hours. Just ask Malcolm Gladwell, author of “Outliers.” But before we discuss Mr. Gladwell, let’s talk about what other people say first. Most people can agree that you get out what you put in. Some companies claim…