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Interview with a Video Interpreter

Posted by Julie Carson on October 9, 2015

We work to continually focus on educating companies and organizations about the essential need for language access solutions. But, now we want to shine the spotlight inside, to highlight some of the incredible talent that makes LanguageLine Solutions the leader in the language access industry.

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Video Interpreter Tool for LEP Customers

Posted by Julie Carson on September 3, 2015

A few months ago, we met Bo, a Mandarin-speaking man whose afternoon of errand-running turned into an emotional roller coaster as he dealt with the difficult – often frustrating – experience many limited English proficient (LEP) retail customers have when trying to purchase things they want and need at stores.

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Can You Take a Spanish Interpreter With You Everywhere You Go?

Posted by Suzanne Franks on August 13, 2015

Worldwide, Spanish is second only to Mandarin in the number of native speakers at more than 500 million.  In comparison, native English speakers only number about 360 million worldwide.  With a large and growing population of Spanish speakers living in the United States and Mexico, one of the largest Spanish-speaking countries just south of the U.S. border, the chances of the average American needing a Spanish interpreter have never been higher.

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Being Bilingual Doesn’t Make You an Interpreter

Posted by Danyune Geersten on August 6, 2015

We understand the hard work that it takes to learn a second language. It’s absolutely fantastic and essential, in our global world, to be able to communicate in more than one language.  But, language skills can vary greatly, and the fact that you’re bilingual does not automatically make you an interpreter.

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Bridging Language Barriers in Healthcare Through Education

Posted by Suzy duMont-Perez on July 23, 2015

We all know how difficult it is to make sure everyone is well informed at the office, in a group, even at home. You think you let everyone know, and sure enough someone says, “I didn’t know that,” or “Nobody told me!” So you can imagine how hard it might be to communicate to a large organization.  

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Can Google Translate Kill the Language Access Industry?

Posted by David Bethea on July 17, 2015

Every industry today needs to keep a firm eye on technological developments, and the language access industry is no different.  As we discuss language technology and where we see things heading, one of the most common questions we hear is: “Isn’t Google Translate (or insert your personal favorite automated translation option) going to put you out of business?”

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The Story of a Nurse, Amy, and How She Works With A Video Interpreter

Posted by Suzy duMont-Perez on July 2, 2015

Amy is a nurse at a busy urban hospital, and she has the sore feet and tired smile to prove it. She really loves what she does, and her number one goal is to make sure every one of her patients gets the very best care as quickly and easily as possible.

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Ensuring the Competency of Your Bilingual Staff

Posted by David Bethea on July 1, 2015

In our previous article, we discussed why – in many situations – it pays to have a professional interpreter available to help you better serve LEP (limited English proficiency) people , as opposed to allowing a family member or bilingual staff assist.

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Use a Professional Interpreter Instead of Bilingual Family or Staff

Posted by David Bethea on June 29, 2015

Lucia is a single mother of two, struggling to pay the bills and make ends meet by the end of the month.  She works two part time jobs, one that requires her to work third shift.  Her younger daughter is currently in second grade, and her son, Luis, is in sixth.  She’s proud to see them receiving the education she wasn’t able to receive back in Colombia, and that’s what keeps her going.

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The Personal Interpreter - Don’t Leave Home Without One

Posted by David Bethea on June 22, 2015

After seven and a half hours in the air with only a trip to the restroom to stretch your legs, you’re now making your way through the crowded concourse at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris.  It’s 2:00 AM (in your head, anyway) and you can’t think of anything better than a soft bed and a fluffy pillow.

You step outside an hour later (after all the international customs hassle) and flag down a small Taxi Parisien.  You heave a sigh as the driver puts your bags in the back and you get yourself situated in the back.  He slides into the front seat, glances at you in the rearview mirror, and says,

“Où voulez-vous aller ?”

O… K….?

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