The Social Construction of the U.S. Hispanic Identity

The categorization of people into ethnic or cultural groups can lead to false generalizations and allow for the dismissal of differences among individuals in a certain group. This article explores the social construction of the Hispanic identity and its consequences. Why write an article on Hispanic identity, now? The answer to this question is not […]

The Jakarta Post – English more than just 'I love you'

Hardly a week goes by when you read another story about bad translations and how they not only provide endless laughs, but also can affect the bottom line. From the Jakarta Post, this author writes about a recent publication put out by the Indonesian Tourism Agency: …people could get a headache reading the 25-page book […]

A foot in the kitchen door | Chicago Tribune

As the restaurant industry increasingly employs an immigrant workforce, it becomes even more important to address language and cultural barriers. This article in the Chicago Tribune focuses on the growing immigrant presence in the Chicago and national food service industry. Bound by necessity, newcomers and restaurants forge shared future Kitchen workers–all of them Mexican–huddled around […]

You Say Shalom and I Say Salaam

Language and cultural barriers have a significant influence on relationships in numerous settings. The following article in the publication The Media Line draws a connection between the Israeli-Arab conflict and the language barrier. The website of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, makes a point of greeting its visitors in three languages: Hebrew and Arabic, both […]

Labor Chief Touts Outreaches That Boost Hispanics in U.S. Workforce

Employers are responsible for clear communication with their employees, particularly regarding wage agreements and safety in the workplace. Unfortunately, U.S. companies have taken advantage of the vulnerabilities of the immigrant workforce. This article details how the U.S. Department of Labor is identifying employers who ignore safety standards and cheat their employees out of fair pay. […]

Center for Translation Studies to be established at Illinois

Educational institutions have been expanding, adapting to the interests and needs of a globalized world. Professional translation skills will now be cultivated in Illinois, at the new U of I Center for Translation Studies. Center for Translation Studies to be established at Illinois CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The University of Illinois is gearing up to build […]

Faulty translation may lead to Dubai prison term

Another article highlights the serious consequences of inaccurate translations. Taipei Times – archives A Canadian anti-narcotics official facing drug charges in Dubai fears he may be jailed for up to four years because of poor translating, according to Canadian media. In a letter addressed “to whom it may concern” and printed in the Ottawa Citizen, […]

Learning the language of police work: 48 new recruits face extended Spanish training

Knowledge of both Spanish and English is becoming a requisite in some professions. The following article highlights Oklahoma City Police Department’s new bilingual training program. The Oklahoma City Police Department is expanding its bilingual education program, and it began Friday with the first day of the 124th Police Academy. The 48 recruits will go through […]

Border Patrol to expedite training for Spanish speakers

Knowledge of employees’ language skills can prove extremely valuable for a business or organization. As this article describes, US Customs and Border Protection has streamlined their new employee training process through the implementation of a Spanish language competency assessment. Starting this October, Spanish-speaking Border Patrol recruits will spend less time in training, witnesses told members […]

Schools try to be accessible to Spanish-speaking parents, kids

The Champaign-Urbana area school districts are experiencing an increase in the number of Spanish-speaking students. The following article details how school districts are seeking to respond to their new student and parent population. Again, this article demonstrates the importance of efforts to bridge the language and cultural gaps. Even though their primary school days are […]

Pharmacies cater to Latino market

When Ben Singer first considered using television ads to promote a pharmacy chain he co-founded, he was told TV is too expensive and that he would need to hire actors. He disagreed. Instead, he put money aside for three months and starred in the commercial himself. The resulting clip starts with Singer, 40, riding a […]

São Paulo, Brazil's Largest City, Isn't Just All Business Anymore

The hospitality industry and businesses in São Paulo, Brazil seek to attract more leisure tourists. An integral part of the effort to increase the city’s appeal to foreign visitors is understanding and overcoming deterrent language and cultural barriers. Everything is superlative in São Paulo, from the size of the city to the volume of tourists […]

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