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UN Interpreters vs. UN Translators

The United Nations relies on its translators and interpreters to bridge the gap of communication between the international member nations that do not operate in the same language. Find out how each role uniquely contributes to the function of the UN. Both United Nations interpreters and translators are fundamental components of the United Nations operations […]

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20th November, 2017 I by WebSiteAdmin

Why The United States Doesn’t Need an Official Language


Did you think English was the official language of the United States? It may be the primary language that the U.S. government and media conduct themselves in, but it has never been formally declared. In fact, the U.S. has no designated language, making it one of very few countries in this scenario. This post explores […]

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17th November, 2017 I by WebSiteAdmin

Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening Brings American Sign Language to the Tony Awards

On June 12th, 2016 the 70th annual Tony Awards captured the attention of nearly nine million American viewers as the hit musical Hamilton racked up an astounding eleven honors. However, many believe the most noteworthy performance to grace the Beacon Theatre stage Sunday night was Deaf West Theatre’s reproduction of Spring Awakening, one of the […]

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16th November, 2017 I by Zachary Sheaffer

To Correct or Not to Correct: Source Texts with Poor Grammar


“I go to the store and bought eggs.” Here lies an example of one of the biggest challenges faced by translators on a daily basis- source texts with poor grammar. Should you correct the mistake? Should you let it go and just put it in your translator’s notes? Should you throw the document in the […]

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8th November, 2017 I by Zachary Sheaffer

5 Myths About the French Language – how widespread is it?

What do you know about French, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world? The follow are the truths about 5 common misconceptions of the French language that reveal just how dynamic and widespread this language is. #1- French is Only Spoken in France While the official French language was developed in the […]

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17th February, 2017 I by Natalie White

10 Quotes From Steve Jobs That Can Teach Us About Interpretation

Steve Jobs had endless insight on not only how to succeed in what you do, but also the importance of enjoying it. Let’s look back at memorable things he said and examples he set for the business world that could inspire you to go and achieve something great in the interpreting world. “Innovation distinguishes between […]

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7th February, 2017 I by Natalie White

How To Prepare For the UN Interpreter Exam

Every aspiring United Nations Interpreter is required to take an exam so that their ability to perform the role at this official level may be evaluated. A UN interpreter has one of the most competitive and demanding roles, so how can you best prepare yourself to stand out among the competition? The United Nations operates […]

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4th November, 2016 I by Natalie White

5 Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language

In a world where forward mobility is an inevitability, finding ways to ensure that you’re keeping up can be difficult. Learning a foreign language can strengthen brain functionality, produce long-term health advantages and even help secure a higher-paid position in the work force. The following list will elaborate on some of the ways in which […]

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23rd September, 2016 I by Erin Lipp

Explaining the Three Levels of Arabic

The three levels of Arabic are Classical, Modern Standard (MSA) and Colloquial. Although all of these levels fall under the blanket of the Arabic language, they are each distinct from one another in many ways. Classical Arabic Classical Arabic is the Arabic of the pre-Islamic era. It is incredibly complex and sophisticated in terms of […]

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15th September, 2016 I by Zachary Sheaffer

The Makings of a United Nations Interpreter

The interpreting world is a colorful place, consisting of numerous types of interpreters with varying linguistic backgrounds, skill sets and experience. Each interpreting job is unique; some interpreting positions require degrees and certifications, and some don’t. No matter what type of interpreter you are, it is known industry-wide that interpreting for the United Nations is […]

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25th August, 2016 I by Erin Lipp

3 Storylines to Watch for Team USA in the 2016 Olympics

On August 5th, 2016, the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio will commence. Before the cauldron is lit in Rio, here are a few stories to pay attention to if you are a fan of the United States. Michael Phelps’ Final Splash After announcing his retirement following the 2012 Summer Games in […]

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9th August, 2016 I by Zachary Sheaffer

As Ichiro Inches Closer to Hit #3000, Let’s Congratulate Allen Turner

It was April 2nd, 2001 when Ichiro Suzuki recorded his first Major League hit, a base hit up the middle off of Oakland Athletic pitcher T.J. Mathews. It was 15 years ago when I witnessed the first Japanese position player in MLB history record three hits, drive in two runs, and steal two bases against […]

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27th July, 2016 I by Zachary Sheaffer

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