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What Is CART?

 CART is the acronym for Communication (also Computer) Assisted Real-time Translation. CART is an assistive technology that converts speech to text. It is additionally known as real-time stenography or even open captioning. CART services were first used in 1996 to provide a hearing impaired student access to classroom lect

The Rite of Mate

What do you get when you combine a hollowed-out gourd, a bombilla (or straw), a mix of leaves and twigs steeped in hot water and a couple of amigos? Well, the ultimate mate drinking experience, of course! For those of you who don’t already know, mate, also known as yerba mate, is a traditional drink […]

Great Expectations Getting You Down?

Have you ever felt let down because things just didn’t go your way? Maybe you didn’t get first place in the competition, failed to get that special guy or girl’s attention, didn’t get that promotion at work, or maybe you lost a client due to factors that were out of your control.  Well, welcome to […]

Literary Advancement for Hearing Impaired Hispanic Children

Hispanics are the largest minority in the United States and increasing rapidly. Currently about fifteen million Hispanics are of school age of which nearly ten thousand are deaf or hard of hearing according the United States Census. Hispanic hard-of- hearing and deaf students are one of the fastest growing minorities among

Time to go PINK!

It is time to go Pink!  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a campaign geared to promote awareness through education, early detection, treatment and ultimately the importance of finding a permanent cure. This campaign has heightened the amount of women receiving mammograms and biopsies. Due to breast cancer awa

The Great Bull Run

The Great Bull Run is an event that was created by two former attorneys that made a life decision that they didn’t want to shuffle paperwork any longer and decided to create a company that hosts large events. This event is a sugar-coated version of Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls. It is a day-long festival […]

The History of Piñatas

  Piñatas have been around for ages. Most people identify piñatas as being of Hispanic heritage. They actually originated in China, around the 16th century. They were colored with bright and vibrant paper and decorated in many different ways. This was to greet the New Year in China. They would then knock the figures

Hispanic or Latino?

Is there a difference between Latino and Hispanic? This question was first introduced in the 1970’s by the U.S. Census. Is this person of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin? This question was asked of individuals living in the United States and their response was based upon self-identification. Additionally, the Census c

What’s percolating in Latin America?

How do you take your coffee? Whatever your “café” preferences are, I’ve done some homework to find out what’s percolating in our Latin American countries. For households in Latin America, nothing is more important than food rituals. Coffee is one of their favorite beverages and it wakes them up every morning.

COMPREHENSION IS THE KEY TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS

  The Hispanic population is not only the largest immigrant group but accounts for 56% of the United States population growth in the past two decades. As a result, linguistic diversity is an increasing characteristic in today’s classrooms. Educators need to design instruction to match the demographics of today’s studen

Low Literacy Rates among U.S. Hispanics Children

  Reading skills amongst children of Latino descent are at an all-time low.  Studies indicate that U.S. Hispanic children entering kindergarten are already six months behind their fellow classmates in school readiness.   Top educators believe U.S. Hispanics children would significantly benefit from programs that pro

The Many Advantages to Learning Spanish as a Second Language

    Spanish is currently the most widely taught non-English language in the U.S. Of more than 1.4 million university students enrolled in language courses, Spanish was the most widely taught language in U.S. colleges and universities with 53 percent of the total number of people enrolled. There are many advantages to

Mbaraka Ovama (I already moved the guitar)

If you were to mention the name “Barack Obama” to a Guarani, you would literally be telling them in their own language “I already moved the guitar” (Mbaraka Ovama). Despite this accidental fact, several English words actually have Guaraní roots, such as “tapioca”, “piranha,” “toucan” and

How to get more business

December 23, 2011 1 Comment »

It is extremely difficult these days to get recurrent or additional clients to buy more translations. In this blog I will mention a few methods that either the Account Manager or the Marketing/Sales Department can perform in order to receive more translation requests from recurrent clients or new prospects. Obviously it is

Subtitling.

September 20, 2011 1 Comment »

Subtitling is one option whenever the source language (original narration) is in a language other than the target audience’s language. Clients typically choose subtitling for media distribution and for broadcasting. In the US, many times subtitling is used for national broadcasting to reach a broader audience. First off,

What is DTP in the Translation Industry?

August 19, 2011 2 Comments »

Have you ever contacted a Translation Agency to get a quote for a translation project and the Account Manager started mentioning DTP costs besides the cost per word? What does DTP stand for and when is this Service actually necessary? DTP stands for Desktop Publishing and it refers to the creation of documents using page [&

Multitasking is a bad habit and how to overcome it

July 29, 2011 1 Comment »

Being an Account Manager in the Translation Service Industry can be a very stressful job at times. It involves not only being involved in the entire Sales process, but also making sure that the Project Manager has sufficient information regarding the scope of the translation project, following up on clients by phone and e-m

Manage Your Time Wisely

July 26, 2011 3 Comments »

Not sure what your day in the office looks like, but a typical day at the office for me as an account manager at Spanish Translation US revolves around many different things that seem to need my attention all at once. From answering phone calls, to replying to clients’ emails, to completing my daily tasks… […]

Awkward: Showing up on time to a Puerto Rican party

June 24, 2011 1 Comment »

Following my last entry, I’m going to start off with some shocking and/or interesting statistics of the ever changing fabric of our American quilt.  While there are many demographics of immigrants and non-native English speakers in the US, this entry will focus primarily on the rapidly growing Hispanic population in the

Christmas Latino

The traditional American Christmas is usually celebrated until December 25, which is the official day of celebration. Children wake up as early, even when the day before was a struggle to get out of bed, and run to the Christmas tree to see what gifts Santa brought them. Adults try to sleep a late, but it’s […