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LINER NOTES: The Hispanic Vote Will Be Critical in 2020. So Why Are Candidates Fumbling Spanish Translation?

Posted by The LanguageLine Solutions Team on April 15, 2019

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LINER NOTES: How Shows Like Game of Thrones and Star Trek Create New Languages

Posted by The LanguageLine Solutions Team on April 9, 2019

Each week, LanguageLine selects five stories about language and culture that we think readers will find intriguing. Here is this week’s “Liner Notes”:

Time was, if you were creating a fantasy or sci-fi world in film or TV, you could simply make up some lines using sounds that English speakers didn’t hear much and get away with few people noticing or caring.

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LISTEN: Video Interpreting for Pediatric Patients – Best Practices When Caring for Children

Posted by The LanguageLine Solutions Team on March 27, 2019

Representatives from three of the country’s leading pediatric hospitals gathered to discuss their insights into successfully implementing VRI

Communication in a medical setting can be a challenge when both patient and provider speak the same language – but it's even tougher when they don’t.

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LINER NOTES: Should Students Use Netflix to Learn a Foreign Language?

Posted by The LanguageLine Solutions Team on March 6, 2019

Each week, LanguageLine selects five stories about language and culture that we think readers will find interesting, as they could have far-reaching implications.

We wrote earlier this week about how America’s failure to fund language education is creating a national security crisis. Reports suggest that fewer school-age kids in English-speaking countries are picking up a second or foreign language. This is an alarming trend as it makes students less competitive, in addition to leaving them with a smaller arsenal of the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly globalized and multicultural world.

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LINER NOTES: This 2-Year-Old Deaf Girl’s Neighborhood is Learning American Sign Language

Posted by The LanguageLine Solutions Team on February 25, 2019

Each week, LanguageLine selects five stories about language and culture that we think readers will find interesting, as they could have far-reaching implications.

Two-year-old Samantha Savitz is deaf, but she loves to talk to anyone who knows sign language. Her desire for engagement has been painfully obvious to everyone in the neighborhood.  Whenever they see her on a walk or in her yard — and Sam tries to be neighborly — they find themselves at frustrating loss for words.

On their own, Sam's neighbors got together, hired an instructor, and are now fully immersed in an American Sign Language class. 

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LINER NOTES: Japan Embraces Video Interpreting for Retail, Banks

Posted by The LanguageLine Solutions Team on February 18, 2019

We have been talking a lot lately about the massive potential for adding video interpretation to branch offices and brick-and-mortar retail locations. (In fact, we wrote an ebook on how banks can best use video interpreting.) It seems that Japan is taking heed of the many benefits video remote interpreting (VRI) can deliver.

In light of an increasing number of foreign customers, Japanese supermarket giant Aeon Co. has launched a real-time video interpreting service. Shop clerks at about 550 Aeon stores now carry smartphones or tablet devices that can access interpreters through video chat software similar to Facetime or Skype.

Meanwhile, Japan’s MUFG Bank has started an over-the-counter service for hearing-impaired customers that involves sign language-fluent interpreters on tablet devices. The assistance is the first of its kind at a Japanese bank. The service is available at most outlets, and it acts as an intermediary between a hearing-impaired customers and bank staff at the counter.

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CASE STUDY: How a Diverse New York School District Juggles 23 Languages with an Inspiring Access Program

Posted by The LanguageLine Solutions Team on February 14, 2019

Middletown schools blend over-the-phone, video, and face-to-face interpreting, as well as translation, to drive new levels of understanding between students, parents, and educators.

Middletown City School District (New York) places great value on diversity. Appreciating the eclectic nature of its student body is an active area of focus that sets the district apart nationally. As you’ll read in our new case study, Middletown goes far beyond minimum compliance requirements in an effort to level the academic playing field for English language learners (ELLs).

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New York Police Department Using Video Interpreting in the Field to Improve Community Relations

Posted by The LanguageLine Solutions Team on February 5, 2019

Suffolk County has an ambitious plan to better relations between the department and the Hispanic community

Of the nearly 1.5 million people living in Suffolk County, New York, nearly 13 percent speak Spanish.

So what do you do if you’re the police chief in a community like this one? If you’re Suffolk Police Chief of Department Stuart Cameron, you learn Spanish.

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LINER NOTES: How Ariana Grande Made the Case for Professional Translation

Posted by The LanguageLine Solutions Team on February 4, 2019

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LINER NOTES: Four Steps to Improve Depression Care for Multicultural Communities

Posted by The LanguageLine Solutions Team on January 28, 2019

Multicultural patients face multiple barriers to receiving care for depression such as scant referral options.

A Virginia-based health center's quality improvement project was able to significantly improve depression care for a vulnerable multicultural population, research shows.

Annual societal costs associated with depression are estimated at $210 billion, and depression is the top cause of disability globally. For minority, immigrant, or refugee patients, cultural factors often impede depression treatment.

"Improving depression screening should lead to measurable outcomes for those who screen positive, including referral to mental health specialists, prescription of appropriate medications, and perhaps most importantly, scheduling of follow-up appointments to monitor signs and symptoms of depression," said Ann Schaeffer of the Harrisonburg Community Health Center.

"There are multiple barriers. These include clinics not prepared with screening tools in multiple languages; providers not culturally aware of the stigma attached to depression; lack of provider confidence in client engagement; and few referral options for multicultural populations."

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