ULG’s Language Solutions Blog

How to decide if you need an interpreter or a translator

While interpretation and translation are often used interchangeably, they are quite different and few people can do both successfully on a professional level. Despite sharing a foundation in linguisti...

The Hinglish Phenomenon

History has proven that language is not a static form of expression. Over time, vernaculars change as different words and expressions pop in and out of vogue. A “smartphone” would mean nothing to some...

Humans Defeat Machine Translation In Korean Competition

In a recent battle of man vs. computer, human translators proved they still outperform Machine Translation (MT) systems notwithstanding great progress in artificial intelligence technology. In a compe...

Then and Now: The Brazilian Portuguese Spelling Reform

      This week we scrolled far back into our archives to reach ULG’s very first blog post. This search through our archives got us thinking about what has changed with the “new” Brazilian Portuguese ...

The Big Leagues: Interpretation In Major League Baseball

  In early 2016, Major League Baseball announced it would require each team in the league to recruit and hire a professional interpreter to assist with Spanish-to-English interpretation for players. M...

Study Shows LEP Patients Less Likely to Stick With Diabetes Medication

      A study published last week found that Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Latino patients are less likely to adhere to medication regimens for type 2 diabetes than white and English-speaking Lati...

5 Qualities Every Interpreter Should Have

Speaking more than one language is impressive. But being able to professionally interpret for someone who speaks a different language? That’s an even bigger feat. Language interpreters transmit ideas ...

A Review of the Top Language Learning Apps

Traveling to another country can be a daunting, yet exciting opportunity. The language, culture, currency, and more can all be challenging. Luckily, with technology at our fingertips, anyone can find ...

Gaelic vs. Irish: What’s the Difference?

St. Patrick’s Day, cable-knit wool sweaters, and lush, green rolling landscapes are what people often associate with the country of Ireland. What people don’t generally know, though, is that while the...

The Importance of Qualified Medical Interpreters

  In 1980 Willie Ramirez was taken to a Florida hospital in a coma. His family members explained to doctors that the 18-year-old was “intoxicado,” in Spanish, meaning poisoned. An interpreter misunder...

Has Technology Made Language Learning Obsolete?

  There are a myriad of predictions, encouraging and terrifying, about what technological innovations the future holds. Will the robots take over? Do we need to prepare for a world in which privacy is...

Preserving Language: Icelandic Language Day

      When you think about the country of Iceland, the image of Vikings and the natural spa, the Blue Lagoon, immediately come to mind. But the most interesting thing about the sparsely populated isla...