Self-confidence is the memory of success:  How to Overcome your Fear of Speaking a Foreign Language

Speaking a foreign language can be scary. All those words and grammatical rules floating around inside your head. Plus, speaking happens in real time. Many language learners are not fully prepared for how quickly people speak/respond. And it doesn’t help that 50% of speaking is just listening. If you can’t understand what someone is saying…

Being an Expat: The Rewards

  Reasons for becoming an expat or expatriate, a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of their birth, are as varied as the people who call themselves expats. For many, the reason is financial benefits and most are required to relocate because of their jobs. Some become expats for adventure,…

Translation’s Gender Issues

Ah, to be a translator, living in two worlds simultaneously – two tongues, two thought processes, two cultures, two ways of seeing the world. That in and of itself seems like a mind-blowingly difficult job. But wait, there’s more! There’s gender in some of those worlds and it makes translation even harder! You see, modern…

Culture’s impact on patient health – and what to do about it

There are a lot of challenges in the doctor-patient relationship.  One that’s becoming increasingly noticeable as society gets more global is cultural differences. Here are just a few ways a patient’s culture affects their health, as well as their relationship with healthcare providers: – Lifestyle.  Certain health issues are more common among particular populations, often…

What makes English a lingua franca?

  You probably know that not everyone speaks English. Still, English has become the closest thing we currently have to a global lingua franca (sorry, Esperanto!). But have you ever wondered why? There are several languages that are more widely spoken than English, including Hindi, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. And yet, those aren’t the ones…