Wishing All A Safe and Fun Memorial Day Weekend.

You know those times when your computer, phone or Ipad won’t cooperate, and no matter what you do nothing fixes the issue until finally, you do the old ‘ctrl’-‘alt’del,’ or you turn the power off and back on? Of course, this usually happens when you are in a hurry or behind on a project, right? […]

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Going on slightly more than 20 years now I have always been involved in some formal or informal language learning. If I wasn’t taking actual language classes, I was working with a private tutor. All of these classes were in addition to formal and informal interpreting classes, which by the way are not exactly cheap. […]

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There you are going about your day and then it happens. You don’t think much about it until later when it happens again. No!, you think to yourself, it is only allergies. These sneezes can’t mean… Oh crap! I have a cold. Within a short time, the eyes begin to water, the nose stops up […]

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One of the strangest skills that I had to get used to as an interpreter was referring to myself in the third person. Instead of saying, ‘doctor can you repeat that,’ I instead say, ‘the interpreter requests a repetition’. Who talks like that? Interpreters. We also say such things as ‘the interpreter needs to clarify’ […]

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How much money would you like your organization to lose this year? I am guessing you would rather not lose money, and in fact, would prefer to make a nice profit. If you use an interpreter agency service, the likelihood is you are overpaying and therefore losing money. There are hundreds of language agencies that […]

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In my final thoughts on the language learning series, the first one being David’s 10 Steps to Adult Language Learning and the second, Language Learning – The Mental Part, in this blog I will talk about being accepted as a speaker of your non-native tongue, which in my opinion is the hardest part. It took […]

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Grandma knows best! She can give you relief when you have a cold, fix a scraped knee and give you a hug that takes all of your troubles away. She can’t –unless she is a certified medical professional– remove your appendix, perform heart surgery or prescribe medications to keep you alive. Grandmas are wonderful, loving […]

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Yes, you can learn a language as an adult. I was already past my mid-thirties when I decided that I wanted to dominate the Spanish language. Whoa! Hold on there! That isn’t possible, so say the ‘linguistic experts.’ Only a child, according to these –inside the box experts– is able to dominate a language. Once […]

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