Patients lost in translation are hurting

Dr. Pauline W. Chen writes for the New York Times that during the care of a liver transplant patient named Armando, she would often use the few words she knew in Spanish and gestures to communicate. Admittedly, asking “Dolor?Read More

More countries are online than ever

Just a few years ago, you might not see anyone logging onto Facebook on the remote island of Boracay in the Philippines—much less clicking “buy now” to purchase a product they saw on a Web site. An online article explains … Read More

English Language Training and Changing Demographics

An online article suggests some reasons why a company would want to offer English classes to its employees:

Some companies that don’t provide English language skills training said they would do so if it would increase productivity (27%), increase employee

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Focus on Puerto Rican Culture in Florida

A library exhibit in Kissimmee charting the history of Puerto Rican culture in Florida from the mid-20th century until the 80s provides a glimpse into one of the cultures that has had a strong influence on the state. The exhibit … Read More

What’s in a Hispanic Name

Cheskin Consulting recently posted in their blog about the Hispanic naming system. Typically, Hispanics born in Latin America are given four names: a first, a middle, and two surnames, one from the maternal line and the other from the paternal. … Read More

Not All U.S. Latinos Speak Spanish?

An older post on the LatinoLA website offers a humorous piece on relative levels of Spanish-speaking in the U.S. Well-meaning first generation immigrants often don’t push their children to learn Spanish because they want them to succeed by speaking English, … Read More

Nearly 1 out of 2 New Americans in 2008 Latino

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials found that nearly half of the newly naturalized American citizens in 2008 were Latino. The agency used data from the Department of Homeland Security to compile their report and credits a … Read More

Bus Drivers in Louisiana Learn Spanish

Though only 3% of Baton Rouge children are Hispanic, that’s almost double the pre-Katrina percentage. School bus drivers are responding to the language barrier by taking Spanish classes so they can communicate with children and their parents.

While many of … Read More

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