Languages

What is Spanish?

Spanish is… Poetic & Expressive, Loooong, Quirky Unique and … Native Spanish speakers can identify which country another Spanish speaker is from by the way they speak Spanish. Since Columbus bumped into the Caribbean and Cortes landed in South America, Spanish has spread throughout the continent. But due to geography and lack of modern communication tools, such as Facebook and Skype, each region cultivated its own dialect. These dialect differences are reflected in: The pronunciation of the word Yo varies from country to country. Click here to listen to the different pronunciations! Argentina: De donde sos? Other countries: De donde…

Are interpreters really necessary?

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Are interpreters really necessary? In 1980, a Florida hospital admitted an unconscious Willie Ramirez. The ER doctor recalls having trouble understanding the family but getting the “gist” of what they were saying. However, an erroneous translation of a single word from Spanish to English resulted in Willie Ramirez becoming a quadriplegic and the hospital facing a massive lawsuit. The Spanish word “intoxicado” means that something that was ingested is making a person sick (such as food poisoning). However, without a translator, the doctor understood it to mean “intoxicated” in English which led him to assume a drug overdose after speaking…

Language vs Dialect

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To begin on the same page, let’s establish a definition of language. According to the Oxford Dictionary… “Language is the method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way.” It’s not something we think about often because, on the surface, it seems obvious that when two speakers cannot understand each other, they are speaking two different languages. It is also generally presumed that when speakers of two languages can understand each other, then they are, in fact, speaking dialects of the same language. Take a look at some of…

I bet you didn’t know these language facts…

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Humans are social creatures; nothing is more proof of this than the variety of languages we have invented purely to communicate with each other. See below some amazing facts from around the world: In Albanian, there are 27 words for “mustache,” including “dirs ur” meaning teenager’s newly developed mustache. Since Russian is the international language of space, all astronauts must learn the language at an intermidiate-high level before heading for the International Space Station. Even the simulator runs only in Russian! There are no vowels in the Hebrew language. Vowels are implicit but may be added to children’s books and…

Did you know about these language facts? #3

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Did you know? Bulgarians nod their heads from left to right to convey “yes” and up and down to convey “no.” Yes, No Unlike today, at the time of the French Revolution 75% of French citizens did not speak French as a mother tongue. In the Archi language, spoken around the Caspian Sea in southern Russia, each verb has the possibility of up to 1.5 million conjugations. Even if a Japanese person doesen’t agree, they will always say “yes”, hai, to keep the listener talking. They will almost never speak the word “no”, but convey their dissent in a circuitous…

Did you know about these language facts? #2

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Did you know? The language of the Native American Zuni tribe resembles Japanese while research confirms biological similarities between the groups. The letter “E” appears in 11% of the English language. The Mazateco language (Southern Mexico) is a tonal language, the meaning of words change based on inflection. For example, the tonal differences when pronouncing “si te” change the meaning: “he spins a top,” “he will spin a top,” “she pats tortillas,” “she will pat tortillas,” “I spin a top,” “I will pat tortillas,” “I spin a top,” “I will pat tortillas,” “we will spin a top,” “we pat tortillas.”…

Did you know about these language facts?

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Humans are social creatures; nothing is more proof of this than the variety of languages we have invented purely to communicate with each other. See below some amazing facts from around the world: The Silbo language of La Gomera on the Spanish coast is completly sung in whistles. Vowels and consonants and distingusidhed by dips and rises in a whistled melody and sung together they form a sentence. When speaking, Italians hold their hands high up and display what seems like affectionate touching. But is more of way of stopping the listener from interjecting. To interrupt, grab a hold of…

Translation Price Logistics

Translation Price Logistics

How the Translation Market works and Translation Price Logistics? Most translators calculate their charges per source word, meaning, each word contained in the original document (that requires translation) is counted and the total charge consists of the price per word multiplied by the total number of words. This formula is usually used when working with a Microsoft Word document or a live PDF. Sometimes, the translation is billed per page or per target word, which is the translated word count. Those alternate methods are usually used when the number of words cannot be calculated due to the file format, like a scanned…

Interpreting Price Logistics

Interpreting Price Logistics

How to Interpreting Market works and Interpreting Price Logistics. Interpreter’s Hourly Rate = Language/Dialect Average interpreter rates in any given area vary based on the language and geographical region. The differences will be based on how common the language is in that particular area, how many other interpreters are competing for assignments, regional cost of living, as well as a variety of other variables. Type of Setting Rates will differ based on the function the interpreter will be playing in a proceeding. A statement under oath or a setting with a large audience will generally carry a higher hourly rate…

Rare Languages

Rare langauges

There are approximately 350 languages spoken in the United States. Only 162 of those languages are indigenous to the United States. Can you find the right interpreter? Karen The Karen language lacks terminology for many modern concepts and technologies. For instance, there are no names for car parts as they do not drive motorized vehicles in the mountains where they come from. So, they will often use gestures and describe a car part as “thing” with a classifier such as “long,” “flat,” “round,” etc. Kekchi/Q’eqchi The Kekchi/Q’eqchi’ people are concrete thinkers preferring to answer straight-forward and detail-oriented questions rather than…

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LEGAL INTERPRETERS LLC is an interpreting agency founded by an actual interpreter with a broad and extensive interpreting experience. Agata Baczyk has been working as an independent interpreter for several years and decided to start her own interpreting agency in order to address the industry's need for professional and experienced interpreters. Most interpreting agencies are not able to screen or assess their interpreters effectively because they don't have the needed tools and knowledge of what that job entails. As a company led by a professional interpreter we are able to ensure that the linguists we contract with are knowledgeable and experienced.