The confessions of a Japanese-to-Hungarian translator

By Amy Chavez, special to the Japan Times

Budapest is dreary under the leafless trees that line the boulevards on this February afternoon. The Hungarian masses, dressed in black, trudge along slate-colored sidewalks littered with cigarette butts.

Looking out over the streets from the Corinthia Hotel, itself a historical landmark that barely survived the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, the city retains only hints of a relatively brief communist past. Read more

Language No Barrier in Multilingual D-34

If Glenview School District 34 wanted to hold a model United Nations event, it would not have to look outside its buildings’ walls to find participants with a penchant for languages spoken around the world.

With two programs focusing on a pair of languages at the school and 48 languages spoken in the homes of its students, the district has become a place to celebrate its diversity and give youngsters learning opportunities unavailable to most students on the North Shore.
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Access to interpretation provisions in the health care system helps integration, research finds

Access to interpreter and translation services is an essential requirement to ensure integration – according to a new study carried out by a team from The University of Manchester’s Multilingual Manchester project, in collaboration with the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups for Manchester.

The pilot research was undertaken in order to establish whether there are any barriers to the use of language provisions that potentially affect access to health care. Read more

The trials and tribulations of raising bilingual children in suburban America

By Natasha Tynes, The Washington Post

Raising a bilingual child, or a child with a good grasp of a second language, seems to be yet another feather to add in the cap of the parents of this generation. I hear stories about parents spending a fortune on a Spanish-speaking nanny so that their kids can grow up speaking two languages. There are others who chase language immersion private schools, and some others who try their luck with their county lottery-based immersion language programs for public schools. Apparently, these days, having a second language makes the list of good parenting choices. It is not a fringe choice anymore. It is becoming the norm, at least in our area. Read more

Death and Dying, Lost in Translation

Language barriers top the list of challenges doctors face with end-of-life conversations with patients from different ethnic backgrounds.

It’s never easy for doctors to talk to their patients about death, but it’s especially hard when they don’t speak the same language. In fact, language differences top the list of barriers doctors encounter when discussing end-of-life issues with patients, according to a study published today in the journal PLoS One. Read more