Common School Interpreting Assignments

Interpreting in a School Setting

School interpreting is a subset of business/escort interpreting—but it’s much more than that. School interpreting accounts for a significant portion of agency work. To work as a professional interpreter, it’s important to have school interpreting skills in your repertoire. In this three-part blog series, we’ll cover different aspects of school interpreting to keep you cool…

Interpreting Self-Practice: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Multicultural Company

Interpreting is a career in which it’s vital to prepare with off-the-job study hours. Alongside learning terminology, organizing assignments, and professional training seminars, the best preparation is practice. Interpreting is best learned through doing and though out-loud practice may seem awkward at first, it’s an invaluable resource. Learning how to not only practice but practice…

The Challenges of Being a Legal Interpreter

Challenges of Being a Legal Interpreter

Legal interpreting isn’t for the faint-hearted and is widely regarded as the most difficult form of interpreting. As a new interpreter approaching the subject, you’ll need to prepare yourself for commitment to years of training. However, legal interpreting provides one of the most stable careers in the interpreting industry. Once you’ve mastered the basics and…

Common Medical Appointments for Interpreters

medical terminology

As you begin your career as a medical interpreter, you’ll likely encounter a few common appointments. These appointments range in difficulty and are often daunting when you first start out. If you’re working with an agency, they’ll be able to assign you to appointments to help you gain experience. Don’t worry! After you have a…

What are the Difficulties of Interpreting Medical Terminology?

What are the Difficulties of Interpreting Medical Terminology

As you start interpreting, you’ll find that using medical terminology is a vital part of your new career. This is self-evident: medical interpreters work in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, and a variety of other places patients seek consultation. Thus, medical interpreters must use proper medical terminology whenever possible. In this article, we’ll address some of…

Strategies for Learning Medical Terminology

Strategies for Learning Medical Terminology

Learning medical terminology can seem daunting when you first start your career as an interpreter. There are so many words and phrases to learn and every appointment requires different vocabulary. Luckily, once you get into a grove, you’ll find that self-study comes naturally and your confidence grows. The Importance of Learning Medical Terminology Knowing basic…

Tips to Translate Medical Terms

Tips to Translate Medical Terms

Interpreting medical terminology is, naturally, one of the key parts of being a medical interpreter. While it’s not necessary that you be a medical professional, medical interpreters need to have foundational knowledge. The ability to translate medical terms in any circumstance is crucial. Through proper preparation and self-study, medical terminology is a breeze for even…

What Does ‘Bridge The Gap’ Mean in the Medical Interpreting World?

Bridge the gap meaning

When it comes to defining the concept of “bridge the gap” or “bridging the gap” we refer to connecting concepts. When these concepts or items have similar qualities or when we are trying to connect the dots between those elements, we are also trying to bridge the gap. Furthermore, what we are trying to accomplish…

How to Prepare for your Virtual Classroom Course

Virtual Classroom

In the first part of this blog series, we covered the differences between virtual classroom trainings and in-person courses. Here, we’ll expand to give you tips to prepare for your virtual course. Proper preparation is the key to success. Feeling grounded and ready will give you the best foundation for retaining information as you begin…

The Benefits of Knowing Medical Terms as an Interpreter

Benefits of Knowing Medical Terms as an Interpreter

Knowing medical terminology is highly beneficial to working interpreters. The “behind the scenes” aspects of job preparation is one of the most vital parts of an interpreting session. Learning medical terminology seems challenging at first glance. Luckily, there are some easy ways to start yourself on the right path. Why learn medical terms? Job preparation…

Path to National Medical Interpreter Certification(s)

LEP Improving patient satisfaction

Becoming a Certified National Medical Interpreter is an excellent way to advance your career and interpreting ability. This blog contains an easy-to-use flowchart; to help you understand the requirements to become a Certified National Medical Interpreter. Our goal is to help you to easily navigate through the requirements; while comparing both certifications. There are currently…

Differences Between In-Person and Virtual Interpreter Training Programs

in perrson vs e learning

2020 was an out-of-the-ordinary year for everyone, with COVID-19 affecting every aspect of daily life. The move to fully online courses was one of the most profound changes for students and professionals undergoing interpreting trainings. While most understand the ins and outs of taking a “traditional” course; the transition to online platforms is still difficult.…

What is the Purpose of Learning Medical Terminology?

medical terminology

As an interpreter (and particularly a medical interpreter), learning medical terminology is a vital part of the job. Without a basic understanding of medical terms and phrases; your interpreting sessions can’t proceed smoothly. It can be daunting: the medical field is vast and complex so medical terminology is often complicated and highly nuanced. Luckily, you…

The Importance of Standardized Interpreter Training

standarized interpreting programs

Standardized interpreter training is a vital part of the interpreting industry. A well-crafted interpreter training program not only prepares an interpreter for the demands of the job but ensures consistent quality. But why attend a professional interpreter training session? What are the benefits of training with a group, rather than as an individual? What constitutes…

Working with a Video Remote ASL Interpreter

vri asl

There are various reasons why you might need to work with an interpreter; a professional who facilitates communication between speakers of different languages. Whether you seek to reach a larger audience at your conference; provide healthcare to those with limited English proficiency; or communicate in a legal setting – the reasons to use an interpreter…

Reduce Your Translation Costs

translation rates

As the person responsible for technology improvements, sales and marketing at Global Arena; I wanted outline the essentials of the translation business; and how to apply that knowledge to your organization while optimizing your translation costs. In addition to my above-mentioned responsibilities; I also have a hand in vendor, finance and overall operations management at…

What is VRI?

Video Remote Interpreting

You might be accustomed with interpreting services, or with the act of simplifying the communication between two people who don’t speak the same language. Are you aware that it is possible to have interpreting service in a remote way? By meaning without an interpreter being physically present in the same room. Video Remote Interpreting consists…

Remote Simultaneous Interpretation, the new Normal

Remout-simultaneous-interpretation

There is a fundamental difference between Simultaneous Interpretation and Remote Simultaneous Interpretation. Simultaneous interpreting is the instantaneous conversion of one spoken language to another; a simultaneous interpreter listens to the words being spoken and immediately renders them in the second language, while simultaneously listening to the next sentence (the first language). However, when you add…

International mobility

International Mobility

International mobility is a key factor in multinational success. As your company expands, it’s natural to face challenges as you prepare for your new chapter abroad. Global Arena’s Mobility Department will help you handle everything you need to develop an international relocation plan. From language training and intercultural training to destination services, Global Arena provides…

What is OSHA?

OSHA

Learn what you need to know in less than 5 minutes. A Comprehensive Guide for Everyday Use. The acronym, “OSHA” is familiar to most workers as it pertains to workplace safety and employee rights. As such, it may seem strange to think about how language services, such as interpreting, could connect to any kind of…

Breaking the Language Barrier

Breaking Language Barriers

Let’s say you are a growing company looking to break into the global marketplace. You know that going global will open up many possibilities, but there are also challenges. You know that to compete in the global marketplace you must understand how to engage across cultures. However, one of the biggest hurdles you may face…

Get Positive Results When Using a Relocation Program

Relocation Services

Moving to another country is one of the most gratifying and challenging experiences in life. It’s vital for a business considering employee relocation to think about a prospective mover’s well-being in their new home. Using global mobility services can help make a temporary or permanent assignment a rich and positive experience. Our environment has an…

Classroom Interpreting

Classroom Interpreting

For Deaf students, having an interpreter makes all the difference in their academic careers. One adage (often attributed to Helen Keller) states; “Blindness cuts us off from things; deafness cuts us off from people“. While conventional interpreting facilitates comprehension, Educational Interpreters for the Deaf also create social connection. As these students often face stigma in…

Motivators for Learning a New Language

Motivations for Language Learning

Global Arena is the premier source for personalized language training programs. We offer lessons in over 150 languages. Our trainers are native speakers who are dedicated to helping you achieve success in your language-learning endeavors. We’ll work with you to ensure that you’re able to meet your goals—for any reason you’d like to learn. Motivations…

Relocation program

Relocation Program

In any relocation program, people come first Businesses commonly cite five main reasons for relocating operations to a new location. These are: Labor and work force issues (including disputes between employees and difficulty reaching KPIs) The desire to reach new markets (both international and domestic) The need to upgrade facilities or equipment (office space, warehousing…

Health Care Interpreter

Healthcare Interpreting

When it comes to providing health care services, communication is an essential factor. The patient will need to describe their symptoms, discuss treatment and results, and give their informed consent. Research shows that language barriers can cause numerous issues in health care. Being unable to communicate clearly with medical professionals can result in misdiagnosis, incorrect…

How to enhance your language skills

Language training

Methods to enhance language skills Language training methods may be taught as general school subjects, through specialized training schools, or even through online courses. Many different methods are used to teach languages. Some have fallen into relative obscurity while others are widely used. However, even those with a small following offer useful insight. Three of…

Establishing Cohesion in a Multicultural Company

Multicultural Company

The United States holds enormous cultural diversity. Historically, our country is known as a “melting pot,” a place where people from all cultures can make a home. This diversity shows in every aspect of American life and is especially noticeable in the workplace. From small, local business to multinational corporations, intercultural training and cultural competency…

Global Arena: Bridging the Gap Training Center

Bridging the Gap Training Center

Important Update: Global Arena is Offering Remote Bridging the Gap Medical Certificate Courses Global Arena is a licensed provider for Bridging the Gap, a nationally recognized medical interpreter training program. Bridging the Gap offers standardized training to ensure the highest level of interpreting professionalism and client experience. The program is forty hours and covers the…

Legal Interpreting Services: Why They Matter

legal interpreting

Translation or Interpreting? There is a lot of confusion surrounding the terms “interpreting” and “translation”. While both deal with translating one language into another, interpreting refers to facilitating communication in spoken language and translation refers to written text. Clients who are searching for language service providers sometimes mistake translation and interpreting services as more or…

Accent Reduction

Accent reduction

When speaking American English, the clearest sound comes from reducing regional accent and direction towards Modern Use Standard English (MUSE). MUSE is classed as “midwestern English” and is known as the “Standard American Accent.” When looking to achieve MUSE, accent reduction training is an invaluable tool for polishing speech patterns and enhancing diction. Accents by…

English Training Online for Business

Business English Training online

Online Business English Training provides a time-efficient and cost-effective way to develop the English-language skills that your company needs. Online training offers a flexible, from-anywhere solution that works for everyone from entry-level managers to C-suite executives. The training emphasizes English vocabulary and conversation skills that match the learner’s role, sector and working scenarios. Most English…

The Transcreation Process

The transcreation Process

When it comes to translation, the nature of each project varies greatly. For example, concepts and messages are very important in marketing and advertising. Communicating the nature of these messages in different languages and cultures is often more important than simply translating them literally. Although professional document translation will deliver clear, correct text in your…

Connecting Cultures: An American Company with a Multinational Presence

An American Company with a Multinational Presence

At Global Arena, we strive to help our customers improve their internal communications and interactions across cultures and time zones. As an international company ourselves (with employees in four countries spread across two continents) this subject is personal for us. We’re highly versed in the challenges that international relocations and expansions create. We also understand…

Native Speaker

Learning a new language is a tool for success

Can A Non-Native Speaker achieve the Proficiency level Of A Native Speaker? There are many reasons to learn a foreign language. You might want to speak a new language in order to be able to communicate with others or navigate a foreign country. Maybe you want to read books or watch movies in their original…

Connecting Cultures: Spain and America

Connecting Cultures

Global Arena provides personalized intercultural training programs with the goal of alleviating internal diversity concerns. We specialize in connecting cultures and building positive, culturally sensitive work environments. We customize our trainings according to our clients’ needs and unique specifications. Also we work with companies to help each employee address their individual needs and create the…

Repatriation Training and How It Can Benefit You

Repatriation Training and How It Can Benefit You

Repatriation Training 12 to 20 percent of employees leave their job within 1 to 2 years of returning home from an international assignment. International assignments represent a huge investment and losing an employee after they return home can turn profit into loss. A well-thought-out and professionally conducted Repatriation Training contributes to loss prevention. It helps…

The Role of the Interpreter in Early Intervention

Early Intervention Pennsylvania

An interpreter is someone whose primary role is to facilitate communication between people who speak different languages. They aim to fully convey what the original speaker says to another individual who does not share the language. Often this includes interpreting cultural cues to express the speaker’s intent. Therefore, a qualified interpreter is not just someone…

Covid-19 Notice – September 2021 update

COVID-19

Coronavirus approach – Safety First and get vaccinated A year and a half into the Covid-19 Pandemic, we continue taking the health and well-being of our employees, contractors and the populations we serve very seriously. The number of cases of Covid-19 (also known as Coronavirus) in the USA continues being concerning and the recent Delta…

The Value of a Translation Done Well

Translation well done

The value of professional translation services is not always easy to calculate, especially for someone unfamiliar with the industry. The return on investment is difficult to define, and we should not measure it based only on cost. It is easy to think that every agency completes translations the same way. When looking for the right…

Improving Patient Satisfaction for Limited English Proficiency Patients

LEP Improving patient satisfaction

Healthcare facilities have a responsibility to their patients to provide the best possible care. One way to improve patient satisfaction that may not come to mind at first is to offer quality interpreting services for limited English proficiency patients. After all, how can a patient be satisfied if they cannot fully understand their experience at…

Reasons to Become a Professional Translator

The transcreation Process

We celebrate International Translator Day annually on September 30th. But what are the reasons to become a professional translator? At a glance, translation is the conversion of written text between the source language and the target language. While this is the definition of translation in its most basic form, it is also much more exciting…

An Increasing Issue: The Lack of Medical Interpreters

The Lack of Medical Interpreters

There is an increasing issue in the United States: a lack of qualified medical interpreters. According to the US Census Bureau, around 25 million Americans have limited English proficiency. The groups most affected by the lack of interpreters are immigrants, refugees, and migrant workers. Non-English speakers or those with limited English proficiency sometimes avoid seeking…

Success story: connecting the cultures of America and Japan

Connecting Cultures

Connecting Cultures: America and Japan Global Arena’s intercultural language academy specializes in designing, customizing, and delivering a vast array of intercultural training services. We aim to tackle and overcome our clients’ unique cultural challenges. We tailor our trainings to each client’s requirements, specifications, and goals. An we love working with our clients to create programs…

How to find the best Translation Partner

Best Translation Partner

Finding the Right Translation Partner The challenge a potential customer faces today is no longer how to find a translator, but rather how to find the right translation partner. Nowadays, translation agencies can carry out the entire process online. We scan, email, and translate documents, eliminating the need to find the right translation agency locally.…

HIPAA in a Medical Interpreting Setting

HIPAA in a Medical Interpreting Setting

What is HIPAA? A Brief Explanation HIPAA is The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996. The aim of the Act is to ensure that employees who work for American companies can retain their health insurance coverage while moving to different jobs…

Human Translation Services

Human Translation Services

Combining the Art of Translation with the Science of Language In the age of Google translate and AI, we must rethink the role of the human translator. Some may even wonder, where do human translation services fit in this modern climate? Why bother with the process of hiring a translator when there are plenty of…

Around the World with Global Arena

Around the World with Global Arena

Global Arena Offers Language Training Programs all Over the World Language training is an integral part of working with international clients; multicultural populations, and expanding or relocating your business and employee base. Language is our common ground, our basis for all human connection; and the quickest way to establish a working relationship. At Global Arena,…

The Triumphs and Struggles of Relocating Abroad

The Triumphs and Struggles of Relocating Abroad

Relocating to a Foreign Country Relocating abroad is one of the most exciting projects that an individual or company can take on. Relocation and international expansion have a number of benefits, including a vast new network, more revenue potential, opportunities for employee advancement and retention, heightened employee morale; and the ability to find new outlets…

Over-the-Phone Interpreting Services

Over The Phone Interpreting Services

In our blog post 10 Translation & Localization Acronyms, we introduced the concept of OPI, or Over-the-Phone Interpreting services. Also known as Telephonic Interpreting, OPI is a service that provides a remote alternative to face-to-face interpreting. Essentially, when you require interpreting services, you simply call a number and you’ll be connected immediately with a native…

10 Translation & Localization Acronyms

Translation Acronyms

The translation industry can be intimidating if you aren’t familiar with it, with a lot of industry-specific terminology. Global Arena is here to serve all your translation needs, but you can become savvy by familiarizing yourself with this translation lingo. Today we are going to introduce ten concepts that, in fact, all translators know… And,…

What is HIPAA Compliance?

HIPAA

While all interpreters are expected to maintain professional confidentiality in their work, it is even more crucial in medical contexts. The conversations between a doctor and patient can be sensitive enough even without the presence of a third party. How do interpreters put their clients at ease and guarantee that what is being shared will…

What is Further Education?

Further education

After you’ve finished university – especially if you’ve attended graduate school – it can be tempting to think you’re done with learning. Further Education is for you You might acquire some new skills or take a workshop here and there, but no more homework or exams, right? In truth, learning is a lifelong pursuit, with…

Understanding the Learning and Development concept

Learning and Development

What is Learning and Development? An overview of some new offerings Having skilled interpreters with linguistic expertise and providing workers with cultural education is only part of expanding your company and “going global”. Refining policies, practices, and structures is also an integral part of creating an international operation.   In some industries, such as medical…

How to Evaluate the Quality of a Video Remote Interpreter (VRI)

Sign Language

As globalization brings speakers of different languages into closer contact; interpreters have become commonplace in a variety of contexts. Medical and legal professionals are especially used to working with linguists in hospitals and courtrooms where mutual understanding is crucial. When a linguist is not readily available in person, options such as telephonic interpreting can help…

Advantages of Conference Interpreting Services

Conference Interpreting Services

What is Conference Interpreting? Are you familiar with the different types of interpreting services? Each situation needs a specific interpreting service. There are some situations that require an interpreter like conferences, large gatherings, seminars, etc. When you give a lecture to a large number of people who might be limited English speakers; the best choice…

How Translation Companies Work

Translation Company

Chances are, you’ve encountered at least a few examples of poorly-translated websites, signs, or product labels here and there. The localization industry is replete with stories about translation projects gone wrong; with results ranging from offensive to hilarious. You want to ensure that the translations for your globalizing project or company are as accurate and…

What is Medical Interpreting?

What Is Medical Interpreting

The Medical Interpreter’s Official Role… For any doctor it is very important to ensure that their patients comprehend their questions; in order to apply the best treatment. Having medical interpreters on call is crucial for helping patients with limited English ability. However, interpreting shows the difference between the skills from active participants in a communicative…

Secure and Confidential Document Translation

Secure and Confidential Document Translation

Companies cannot afford to take the risk of cutting corners with confidentiality. Whether for a business contract, legal document or personal papers; they should always use professional language services to translate confidential documents securely. Trusting a friend or acquaintance with sensitive information, even if he or she speaks the language fluently, could have unwanted legal…

What is Machine Translation?

Machine Translation

Machine translation is software that automatically translates languages on websites. Do not confuse it with online translation tools or applications for smartphones; they are tools designed for the rapid translation of words; and also short phrases. Machine Translation is designed for large volumes of text. It uses pre-programmed computer coding to switch automatically between languages.…

Celebrate All Throughout May with Global Arena!

Learning and Development

Each May, we celebrate some important holidays that often go overlooked. Of course, you might not have heard of these special days, but they are quite important within the language and cultural industry. Teachers and interpreters are important parts of our daily life. Without them, we would not be able to communicate across borders. There…

Certified Translations and their Benefits

translator connections

Creating Connections with Expert Translators The benefits of certified translation for a business or organization may not seem apparent at first glance. Why go the extra mile when you just can search for cheap freelancers; or use one of the ever-increasing number of software and web translation tools? But the truth is that without a…

Benefits of Language Training Programs

Learning and Development

Benefits of Language Training Effective communication is essential for doing business. That requires recognizing and respecting cultural differences and having the ability to adapt accordingly. Communicating in the language of your client takes effective networking to the next level. Executive language training (ELT) programs allow executives and managers to develop language skills quickly; conveniently and…

Early Intervention Services – Q&A

Early Intervention Services - Q&A

Early Intervention services provide support to families with young children who have developmental delays, disabilities, or specific health conditions. Limited English proficiency (LEP) families require the assistance of professional interpreters to understand the concerns expressed and discussed in Early Intervention appointments. Global Arena published a blog titled “The Role of the Interpreter in Early Intervention”…

5 Tips on How to Choose Your Ideal Translation Partner

Translation company

How to choose your ideal translation partner? Discover 5 tips for the perfect choice The success of a company depends on many factors: innovation, leadership, financial management, a clear vision, quality in service, team work, team management, and efficiency, to name a few. Companies with global objectives strive to excel in both qualitative and, quantitative…

Freelance Translator or a Translation Company?

Translation services

A freelance translator or a translation company. What’s the better option? The inner workings of a translation agency can seem quite opaque to an outsider. Do you know what goes on behind the walls of a translation agency? What about working with a translation freelancer? Translation Companies work like a talent language tranlation agency, because…

Global Arena’s Training Management System

Global Arena’s Language Training department utilizes the TBM, our proprietary Training Business Manager, to help us better service our clients. The Training Business Manager TBM plays an integral role in assuring our language training programs are on track; our Project Coordinators are up-to-date, and our clients have 24/7 access to their programs’ information and are…

Connecting Cultures: Building Cultural Competence Among Airport Employees

Intercultural training programs Global Arena provides highly-specialized intercultural training programs to an international airport in Pennsylvania. The objective of this training is to create a set of intercultural tools that allow our client to promote a business environment in which each employee, regardless of their cultural origin, feels valued. The program has been offered to…

Congrats to Our Bridging the Gap Training Graduates!

Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training Program The Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training Program is a 40 hr training course; established by the Cross Cultural Healthcare Program that covers: interpreter roles & ethics, interpreting skills, medical terminology, the impact of culture, and an overview of the U.S. healthcare system. Two sessions were held at…

Discover the History of Catalonia!

The National Day of Catalonia The National Day of Catalonia or La Diada Nacional de Catalunya; is celebrated annually on September 11th. It is a day-long festival which ignites a sense of Catalonian national pride by celebrating the rich history behind the date. History of Catalonia The National Day of Catalonia honors September 11, 1714 when…

Global Arena: Leading Language Service Provider in North America!

Global Arena has reached position #34 on the on Top 40 list. This is Global Arena’s 3rd consecutive year on the list and each year we move into a higher position. We are elated to be a leading language service provider (LSP) in the North America by the Common Sense Advisory. The Common Sense Advisory (CSA)…

Website Translation

Quick, Easy & Cost-Efficient Website Translation! Using our dedicated website translation software, we can provide a word count in minutes; content analysis in a couple of hours and a translation in a few days. This multi-faceted tool allows us to deliver top quality, human translations, and also numerous advantages over the old manual process: In-layout…

Thank You for Your Donation in 2016

Global Arena donation Global Arena is making a donation of $200 to Doctors Without Borders; thanks to your generosity and that of many others. If you took the time to click the link in our Holiday Card, thank you! If not, rest assured that you will have another opportunity! It probably took you about 30 seconds…

Thank You for Your Generous Donation

We appreciate you taking your time to help Global Arena donate to Doctors Without Borders. We’ll donate $1 on your behalf and we’ll announce the total donation amount early next year. Happy Holidays! The Global Arena Team Background Information on Doctors Without Borders: Doctors Without Borders helps people worldwide by delivering emergency medical aid to…