MAY 2020: A Consequential Month in History

May is one of the most historic and consequential months in history.It is the month where the Fall of Constantinople (1453) happened and marked the end of the Byzantine Empire.  Istanbul became the capital of the Ottoman Empire and a new era started. It is the same month where, World War II ended,and the Allies celebrated the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler’s so-called 3rd Reich. May is also the month where the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in public schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, in the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka case.In May of 1994, Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s, first black President, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.

In recent history for the USA, May 2020 will be forever remembered. It is when SpaceX Crew Dragon arrives at ISS, the first company to send humans into orbit aboard a privately owned spacecraft.

Sadly,it will be also remembered as a dark chapter in the USA history for the murder/death of George Floyd. This atrocious eventh as brought the creation of a new multicultural movement across the USA and has spread around the World. As the pandemic continues to cause stress and problems, we are hopeful that this horrible event will help unify all people with different ethnicities and backgrounds for the cause of stomping out racism and police brutality forever.

Birthdays of Well-known Individuals in May:

MAY 1, 1915: Archie Williams: African American Olympic athlete was born in Oakland, California. Williams, along with Jesse Owens, defeated German athletes at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

MAY 2, 1955: Donatella Versace: An Italian fashion designer, businesswoman and the Vice President of the Versace Group.

MAY 5, 1818: Karl Marx: Born in Treves, Germany. He co-authored Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto, advocating the abolition of all private property and a system in which workers own all the means of production, land, factories, and machinery.

MAY 11, 1904: Salvador Dali: Spanish Surrealist painter and printmaker, influential for his explorations of subconscious imagery. The Persistence of Memory is perhaps the most famous Dali painting, symbolize the relativity of space and time in dream scapes.

MAY 23, 1846: Arabella Mansfield: The first American female attorney, born near Burlington, Iowa (as Belle Aurelia Babb) who sought equal opportunities for women in all aspects of U.S. society.

MAY 29, 1917: John Fitzgerald Kennedy: The 35th U.S. President was born in Brook line, Massachusetts. He was the youngest man ever elected to the presidency and the first Roman Catholic. He was assassinated in Dallas, November 22, 1963, the fourth U.S. President to killed by an assassin.

Highlights of some Interesting Interpreting, Translation & Transcription Projects Completed in May

As we continue to adapt through new situations caused by Covid19, May has been a quite busy month for us. Our translation business has really exploded.  For example, we translated a Consumer Confidence report related to water quality for a municipality in Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese. We continue to translate for many water districts.

We also translated hundreds of documents for some of the Nation’s largest Healthcare Providers and Non-Profit sectors. We translated documents into over 40 languages including into Spanish,Korean,Japanese,Vietnamese,French,Hungarian,Russian, German, and xotic languages to name some.

In addition, we worked on many other projects such as the translation of a 15,000-word technical product manual for a manufacturer into French Canadian.  We also translated a 25,000+ word Employee Handbook into Spanish for National Company and we also translated a 40,000-word participant guide into Spanish for a world known nonprofit.

As a ISO 13485 certified company, we translate for many top Medical Device Manufacturers and in May we translated a highly complex 15,000-word Medical Device Manual into Swedish.

Along with our robust translation efforts our Transcription services have also been very busy.For example we provided 70+ hours of Spanish and English transcription for a Metropolitan Police force in a criminal case and we’re working with a government agency where we provided transcriptions, voice over and subtitling for police safety videos relating to covid-19 in multiple languages for law enforcement agencies throughout the world.

In the Interpreting area, while social distancing has become a reality, people are getting used to working differently and have adapted quickly. In this regard,we have provided numerous interpreters with Video Remote interpreting (VRI).  In May, we have completed VRI Assignments in about 30 languages including ASL, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese,Vietnamese,French,Hungarian,Russian, Farsi, Hmong, German to name some.

In-person interpreting has also started to open.  For example, we covered 2 days of meetings for a Major Las Vegas Hotel with simultaneous Mandarin, Cantonese, and Spanish Interpreting. We also provided ASL interpreters to record PSA’s relating to Covid 19 updates. 

As a key player in the language industry, American Language Services commits to provide you with the most exceptional and professional services. AML-Global stands the test of time in providing translation, interpretation, transcription and media services to private industry, government at all levels, educational and non-profit organizations. Our thousands of linguists around the world and teams of dedicated professionals are ready to serve.

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