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Happy 2014!

Believe it or not we have entered a new year! Yay!   What happened to 2013?  Did you make any resolutions last year?  Did you keep any of them? Now’s the time to look at the past year(if you can remember it)and to the upcoming year.  Where have we been and where & how do we get where we want  for 2014. Are you one of those that make resolutions every year? Did you keep those resolutions in 2013?  Are you making new ones for 2014? Resolutions are a common practice with about 45% Americans according to the Journal of Clinical Psychology.  The Journal also breaks down the Top 10…

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Happy Thanksgiving! We Don’t Speak Turkey But We Do Speak 32 Other Languages!

We don’t speak turkey…but we do speak 32 other languages.  We have qualified Interpreters available right here in most languages, such as Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Farsi, Russian, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, and Malayalam just to name a few. Language Associates, Inc. is a company that offers professional language services including translation and interpreting. We have been serving the state of Oklahoma since 1979 and also provide interpreters throughout the country.  So if you have a need for an interpreter, no matter where or what language, contact us and we will be able to help you!!  Contact us for more information. Inside the Oklahoma City Area: 405-946-1624 …

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LOST IN TRANSLATION?

DO YOU NEED A TRANSLATOR OR INTERPRETER? In the news media there are frequent references to “translators”, such as: “The President, speaking through a translator, welcomed the Prime Minister to Washington”.   It should have been said “speaking through an INTERPRETER… In our lingo, a translator is a person who translates the written language.  An…

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Tis The Season…For Some Pumpkins!

DID YOU KNOW?                                                                                 U.S. farmers grow more than 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin each year.            We know it’s fall when around September we start seeing glimpses of the orange globe known as the pumpkin.  We know we’ve officially transitioned from the hot days of summer to the cool crisp fall weather.  Pumpkins have been grown in the US for a very long time and is a…

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What Makes a Good Interpreter?

Common Myths About Interpretation 1.) Any bilingual speaker can be an interpreter. This is the most common misconception that non-interpreters have. Sure, you might know how to ask, “Where is the bathroom?”, but are you familiar with complex legal and medical terminology in that language as well?  Does simply speaking another language make you aware of different interpreter codes of ethics and how to react in certain scenarios? 2.) Being an interpreter is easy. Guess again. Can you simultaneously interpret a U.N. speech at 150 words per minute without any errors? Would you be able to keep your emotions in check when interpreting for a family whose young child has…

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It’s Friday the 13th…Superstitious or Not

It’s Friday the 13th so why all the anxiety. In the U.S., Friday the 13th for some is considered an “unlucky day”.   The number 13 is considered bad luck across many countries.    Friday has long been considered an unlucky day because of the Christian tradition, Jesus died on a Friday, and 13 has a long history as an unlucky number. From the beginning of Christianity, the superstition allegedly came from the last supper where there were 12 disciples and Christ. With Judas being a traitor, he became the thirteenth person, the unlucky guest. What’s more the antichrist appears in the 13th chapter of the apocalypse. But it’s not just Christianity.…

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Accuracy In Interpreting…isn’t that a given?

ac·cu·ra·cy  noun \ˈa-kyə-rə-sē, ˈa-k(ə-)rə-\ 1:   freedom from mistake or error : correctness 2   a : conformity to truth or to a standard or model : exactness      b : degree of conformity of a measure to a standard or a true value — compare precision 2a *”Accuracy.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 16 Aug. 2013. accuracy>. By Juan Morales, Exec. Director, Language Associates       Accuracy in interpreting…you would think it’s pretty straight foreword.  Not so fast.  Interpreting means translating the spoken language “word by word” , verbatim or in context.  For example, the colloquialism in English “Is he pulling your leg” would make absolutely no sense at all in Spanish if translated word by word into “¿te está tirando la pierna?”. …

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