October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The month of October is known internationally as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), and here at American Language Services, we support the movement to increase knowledge about this disease, its causes, and prevention. We are proud to offer our services to the medical field fighting this dangerous illness, and to supporting families and patients during treatment. We look forward to continuing to provide our clients with the best service possible, and by making the world a little smaller through communication.

Historical Tidbits in October

• October was originally the eighth month of the Roman calendar. Stemming from the Latin word ‘octo’, meaning ‘eight’, October became the tenth month of the year when the months January and February were added in 45 BCE with the implementation of the Julian calendar.

• President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving in October 1863.

• In October 1979, control over the Panama Canal was formally handed over to Panama after 70 years of US command.

• After 45 years of the Cold War, East and West Germany reunited in October 1990.

• The Great Chicago Fire started October 8, 1871, when Mrs. OLeary’s cow kicked over a lantern in her barn, causing losses of over $200 million, and destroying 3.3 square miles of Chicago, Illinois.

Birthdays of Well-known Individuals

• St. Francis of Assisi, the Catholic friar, deacon, and teacher who is one of the most venerated religious figures in history, was born October 4, 1181.

• Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, who’s period work influenced the artists of his time, and continues to do so today, was born on October 25, 1881.

• Eleanor Roosevelt, former first-lady, writer, and advocate for human rights, was born on October 11, 1884.

• Religious scholar, lawyer, activist, and leader, Mahatma Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869.

• Social rights activist and one-fourth of the Beatles, John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940.

Interesting Interpreting & Translation Projects Completed in October

We have already been very busy this month with a large interpreting project for Facebook! This project required the talents of fourteen interpreters in seven language combinations, as well as audiovisual technicians, and equipment. We are proud to supply both the interpreters, and the technology needed by FB to make their event a smash hit! American Language Services continues to assist the American Red Cross by providing emergency translations in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese during natural catastrophes such as Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Our translators work hard to serve the people affected by such disasters informing them of resources, and the help provided to them, in their native languages.

Timely Tips

Though the terms are often used interchangeably, Translation and Interpretation are actually two very different skills, requiring very different forms of training. Being a translator does not mean that one is an interpreter, and the reverse is also true. When seeking out translators and interpreters for your own projects, it helps to know the appropriate terminology to ensure that you are contracting skilled, trained professionals.

Translation refers to documents, and translators work with written words. Translators are the ones who pore over books and literature, often spending hours researching the most appropriate terms to relay the same information into a target language. Training in the translation field is generally achieved through university programs that teach the rules, ethics, and vocabulary appropriate for document translation. Translators also get accreditations from organizations such as the ATA.

Interpreters on the other hand, are responsible for verbal/oral communication. Interpreters are utilized on-site, telephonically and through video relay. They are needed to interpret oral languages for one or more speakers. Interpreters are a skilled, highly educated group. They usually are specialists in specific industries and often will de research in-advance to become more familiar with specific terminology. Interpreters are trained in vocabulary specific to certain fields (i.e. legal, or medical). Education takes place through state and federal certification programs as well as through public and private intuitions. There are a number of certifications and accreditations interpreters can earn.

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