May 2022

We are entering the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the third of seven months to have a length of 31 days. May, in Latin, Maius, was named after the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May. This name changed over the years; it was first called May in the 1400s, near the end of Middle Ages. As the the third and last month of Spring, May typically marks the start of summer vacation season in the United States. Conversely, the Roman poet, Ovid, provides a second etymology, in which he says that the month of May is named for the maiores, Latin for “elders”, and that the following month, June, is named for the juniors, or “young people”. In many countries, May Day and Labor Day are both celebrated on May 1, originating as International Worker’s Day. This holiday stems from unions fighting for an eight-hour work day. After a scandalous demonstration known as the Haymarket Riot on May 4th, 1886, Chicago’s workers’ union started their annual protests on May 1, 1889.

May hosts a variety of holidays and celebrations. Among them, we have International Astronomy Day, Press Freedom Day, the World Laughter Day, World Asthma Day, and Mother’s Day. Over the course of history, May saw many important and remarkable events, like when Christopher Columbus discovered Jamaica during his second journey of exploration in the New World, or when the Wall Street Crash of 1893 began as stock prices fell dramatically. By the end of the year, 600 banks closed, and several big railroads were in receivership. It was considered the worst economic crisis in U.S history up to that time. May was also the month in which the 27th amendment to the U.S  Constitution was ratified, prohibiting Congress from giving themselves pay rises.

For those who are interested in cinematographic references, maybe it is obvious that May 4th is known as the Star Wars Day, named after the well-known phrase from Star Wars: “May the force be with you” which phonetically resembles “May the Fourth.” We also know Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth day of May, as the  celebration of the defeat of the French army during the Batalla de Puebla (Battle of Puebla) in Mexico, which took place on May 5, 1862. In the United States, this date celebrates the culture, achievements, and experiences of people with a Mexican background.

On the last Monday of the month, known as Memorial Day, the people of the United States remember and mourn the soldiers and military personnel who died in military service. It is a federal holiday and seen as the start of summer.

 As a random fact, May used to be considered an unlucky month to get married- there’s actually a famous poem that says: “Get married in May and you will rue the day”.

Birthdays of Well-known Individuals in May:

May 11, 1904- Salvatore Dali was a Spanish painter, sculptor, engraver, and writer. He is very well known for being at odds with the rest of the artists of his time, but his technics and talent were indisputable. If you want to see his pieces of art, you can find some of them in museums all over the world, such as The Persistence of Memory at the MOMA, New-York, the Figure at the Window at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, or the Metamorphosis of Narcissus in London at the Tate Museum. 

May 11, 1906- Jacqueline Cochran is recognized as one of the best racing pilots of her generation and paved the way for women in the aviation industry. For instance, in 1953, she was the first woman to break the sound barrier, and she beat 6 new records with her plane, Sabre.

May 24, 1819- Queen Victoria was the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 to 1901. She reigned during the great expansion of the British Empire. She is at the origin of the Victorian Style architecture. She was known for her strong personality and her capacity to reign over her kingdom with an iron fist.

May 29, 1917- John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Even though his mandate was shorter than any other presidents, he ruled the country during many important historical events, such as the Cold War, the Spatial Conquest, the Civil Rights Movement, and the abolition of mandatory death penalty for first degree murder

Some Interesting Interpreting, Media, and Translation Projects Completed in May:

As always, American Language Services is happy to assist you with a variety of different projects! May has not been an exception. We provided translations, interpreting services, transcriptions, and voice overs for a myriad of assignments.

This month, our translation department was overflowed by various requests. To start, we provided a translation of an action plan of 48,124 words from English to Spanish for a company that delivers transformative software all over the country. We also provided an English to Arabic Settlement Agreement translation of 2, 603 words for a legal firm specialized in maritime, aviation and construction laws across the Pacific and South-Central Pacific Islands. What is more, our team translated disaster preparedness documents from English to Simplified Chinese of 6,888 words for one of the most important nonprofit organizations in the country, which provides vital relief and support to those who are in crisis. Additionally, we were happy to translate a recipe book of 20,992 words from English to Japanese for a Peruvian company that provides various recipes based solely with avocado. Moreover, we provided a 37,929 word-translation from English to Vietnamese for a major school district.

In the multi-media field, we transcribed a 323-minute meeting recording from English to English for a major chemical security company, which provides resources across the chemical industry to reduce the risks of hazardous chemicals being weaponized. Additionally, we provided a certified transcription from Spanish to English for an insurance company specializing in the delivery of personalized services in the automotive insurance sector. Our incredible team also transcribed a wire call deposition from Chinese and English to English for a large company which provides high quality & technological advanced reporting & litigation support services within the United-States.

Our interpreting department remains busy as ever. This month, we provided 3 full days of onsite French interpreting in Washington DC for a conference hosted by one of the most notable African foundations, which protects and preserves the diversity of a variety of different species. We interpreted Spanish and American Sign Language for a remote debate over 4 days for a national consulting firm that uses industry expertise & skilled consultants of proven business practices to drive results. Additionally, we furnished 3 full days of  interpreting equipment for a conference for an industry leader with a global footprint pursuing strategic growth through innovation.  We also interpreted for 3 full days, both onsite and virtually, at an ASL conference for a company that provides a blend of in-person events and digital engagement that delivers complementary and messaging content. We also provided Farsi over the phone interpreting for a medical appointment for an influential medical device manufacturing company that provides the highest quality of pulmonary and care medicine, individualized care, and long-term relationships built on trust and respect.

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