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The Tool You Need to Bridge the Gap to Multicultural Customers Is Already in Your Employees' Pockets

Posted by Bob Gallagher on June 26, 2017

Believe it or not, a tool that could fundamentally change the way your business interacts with multicultural customers is probably in your employees’ pockets right now.

A mobile phone is already a necessity of daily life and business for most of us. With a mobile language interpreter app like our new InSight SM for iPhone, it can also be your gateway to reliable, accurate, and efficient communication with customers who speak a language other than English.

The limited-English speaking audience in America is much larger than you may realize. More than 25 million people residing in the United States – nearly 10% of the population – are considered “Limited-English Proficient.” This means they do not speak English as their primary language and they have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English.

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'I Am There' - An Interpreter's Story (Video)

Posted by Amy Wade on March 28, 2017

Language interpretation is a difficult profession. Taking call after call without knowing what situation is coming up next requires total concentration and a passion for the profession. At LanguageLine Solutions, we understand that each interpreting session and every person on that call is vitally important. 

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Language Speaks Many Flavors

Posted by Patti Geye on September 15, 2016

Before I became part of the language services industry, I really didn't even know it existed. I speak English and never came up against a language barrier. Everyone around me spoke my language and even regional dialects are easy to comprehend. Although I wasn't angry that others didn't speak English, I figured if they wanted to, they could adapt. What an eye-opener it was when I actually learned about the difficulties of those that didn't speak English well or at all.

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A Mile in Their Shoes

Posted by Patti Geye on August 26, 2016

When deciding which Netflix movie to watch, or fall asleep to in front of the TV, I chose one that seemed fairly entertaining. I settled into my recliner and the movie began. Much to my surprise, it was in Italian with English subtitles. Not speaking Italian, I depend on reading the dialog. I’m pretty good with reading the captions and watching, so ok. About ten minutes in I wasn’t all that impressed. It seemed like they were saying a lot more, with much emotion, but the subtitles were short and fairly impassive. It was an Italian movie, so it was full of feeling. But I just wasn’t “feeling” it.

What was I missing?

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Disruptive Innovation: Change is Scary

Posted by Suzanne Franks on August 17, 2016

Finally, I am binge-watching the last season of the delightful period drama Downton Abbey. As I’ve watched each episode, I am amused with the myriad of “new disruptive innovations” featured in the early 1900s’ drama and the characters’ reactions to them.

There were no less than seven innovations from electricity, to the bicycle, the typewriter, a sewing machine, the telephone, and an automobile featured. Each and every time the new-fangled novelty was met with skepticism. Actually, they were more than skeptical, they were afraid. The innovations challenged their comfort-zone and forced the characters to do things differently or simply be left behind. As Mrs. Patmore, the downstairs cook, exclaimed when she first heard the ringing of the telephone, “Oh my Lord, listen to that! It’s like the cry of the banshee! I wouldn’t touch that thing with a ten foot pole!” Yet with each subsequent episode the disruptive innovation became a way of life. Why? Each new device made their lives easier, more productive and efficient, and more enjoyable. It not only helped make their personal lives easier, it assisted in meeting the demands of the Manor.

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Effective Language Access: The Challenge for Educators

Posted by Greg Holt on August 10, 2016

With the advent of legislation like the Every Student Succeeds Act, No Child Left Behind, and other regulations that strengthen the involvement of parents in their children’s education, school districts have a growing need for successful language access programs.

At the core of the need for language solutions is the principle of ensuring meaningful access to educational programs. Federal legislation, like Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibits discrimination on the basis of national origin, which today includes language. Other statutes touching on equal opportunity for children (and their parents) to participate in the educational process include the Equal Educational Opportunity Act, Title III of No Child Left Behind Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Mandates to provide equal access to the benefits of public education are a common theme.

The main driver for the growth of language services in schools is the Limited English Proficient (LEP) population around the country. In the United States, where 1 in 5 individuals now speak a language other than English at home, schools encounter significant language barriers. English language learners (ELL) comprised 9.3% (or 4.5 million students) in 2013-2014. In California that number reached 22.7%! These statistics don’t account for LEP parents. Communicating with parents in their preferred language is critical to their full understanding and participation in their children’s education. 

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Need Help Complying with ACA’s Final Rule?

Posted by Suzy duMont-Perez on July 27, 2016

As a health care provider ensuring access to qualified interpreters for the Limited English Proficient (LEP) and the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing is the right thing to do. Under Section 1557, it is now also the law. 

As of July 18, 2016 health care entities that receive federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), HHS-administered programs, and Health Insurance Marketplaces and participating plans are obligated to comply with sweeping new federal language access requirements. These new standards were included in the final rule implementing Section 1557, the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act.

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Technology's Impact on Interpretation Services

Posted by Scott W. Klein, CEO, LanguageLine Solutions on July 14, 2016

These are exciting times at LanguageLine Solutions! The ability to change the way we do business has been influenced by the incredible speed of technological advancement. New integrated technologies are able to address the growing needs of our clients to communicate with the Limited English Proficient (LEP) and Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities they serve.

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Understanding Cultural and Traditional Practices Improves Patient Care

Posted by Suzy duMont-Perez on June 16, 2016

Culture is an integral part of our make-up, influencing who we are and how we communicate. According to the U. S. Census, the foreign-born population in 2014 was at 42.3M and is expected to grow to 47.9M by 2020. As our population continues to become more ethnically and culturally diverse, it is essential that healthcare professionals and others working with diverse populations possess cultural awareness sensitivities and the ability have access to cross cultural communication. Culturally aware healthcare organizations are sensitive to the use of traditional treatment practices of diverse populations.

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OnSite Interpreters Handle Difficult Health Care Situations

Posted by Kasia Hallman on May 20, 2016

Every interpreting experience is important and has unique requirements and requests. To ensure the very best outcomes, it is imperative that every session is treated with the utmost respect and accuracy. Professional onsite interpreters are mentored to handle situations including sensitive conversations when interpreting between you and your limited English speaking, and Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing patients.

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