Insights: The Ongoing Battle Against COVID-19

Original version: https://www.mcislanguages.com/blog-post/battling-covid-19-and-filling-the-language-gap-reflections-on-language-advocacy-day/  Another year when humans coexisted with COVID-19 has gone by. In the second year of the pandemic, Canada has seen the Delta variant, vaccinated most of its population, introduced a booster shot, and is now dealing with the new Omicron variant, which is said to be more aggressive and infectious. It’s not yet the time to let our guards down though. The work on raising awareness, educating people and encouraging action among…

Multilingual Content Strategy for E-commerce: Update

Original Version: https://www.mcislanguages.com/blog-post/multilingual-content-strategy-for-e-commerce/ This holiday season is fast approaching, and Holiday e-commerce sales are increasing exponentially. This year, holiday e-commerce sales are projected to reach a record for $207 billion just in the U.S alone. With online stores being more accessible to customers around the world, having a multilingual content can truly benefit e-commerce businesses. In this increasingly globalized world, it comes as no shock that people are relying more and more on e-commerce to…

Why Language Professionals Will Always Be Essential

By: Ashley Tulio, Communication Specialist With machine translation and artificial intelligence (AI) improving day by day, we wonder what place human translators and interpreters will have in the future as digital alternatives grow more robust and more efficient. While tools like Google Translate and equivalent software allow for a rapid job, there will always be challenges for AI to become perfectly accurate. In-person Interpretation There will always be a need for humans to interpret a…

MCIS AGM 2021 Recap

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator On Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, MCIS held its virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) for fiscal year 2020/21. This is the second year in which the AGM took place virtually. Despite not being able to meet in-person, the evening was filled with celebration, prizes, awards, joy, and excitement. Latha Sukumar, MCIS’ Executive Director, Shash Anand, the Chair of MCIS’ Board of Directors, kicked off the evening and the business portion…

Part 2: ASL Interpretation in Today’s World: An ASL Interpreter’s Perspective

Anna Grunfeld is an American Sign Language-English interpreter based in Toronto. She works as a community-based interpreter in various settings, such as hospitals, schools (K-12 and post-secondary), mental health facilities, corrections, and many more. After the inspiring COVID story she wrote (which can be found here), MCIS decided to reach out to her and interview her for COVID Stories: The Impact on Language Professionals. While interviewing Anna, we realized the importance of understanding what it is truly…

MCIS AGM 2021: A Preview

Have you RSVP’d? Our 2020/21 AGM is only one week away and we can’t wait to see you! Since the pandemic is ongoing, we chose to host the event virtually once again this year. And even though we’ll all be in the comfort of our own homes, it’s still an excellent opportunity to catch up with peers, learn what MCIS has been up to in the last year, hear a wonderful keynote, participate in the…

COVID Stories: The Impact on Language Professionals – Julie’s Story

In 2020, MCIS allocated funds from its Social Benefits Initiative (SBI) to assist community organizations experiencing challenges related to the pandemic. The purpose of this was so these organizations could provide critical information that they would otherwise not have been able to without funding. MCIS’ SBI fund supports free/subsidized interpretation and translation services, such as a direct telephone line for COVID-19 related conversations and the translation of COVID-19 related information. We also interviewed these community…

A Year Working within the Language Services Industry

By: Ashley Tulio, Communication Specialist Last week marks the first anniversary that I have been working at MCIS Language Solutions. A lot has changed since my first day working at this company, including all the knowledge I have gained. Before applying to this job, I never knew the language service industry or its essential role in today’s society. I had never been exposed to the imperative work that language professionals do that changes and supports…

Part 1: ASL Interpretation in Today’s World: An ASL Interpreter’s Perspective

Anna Grunfeld is an American Sign Language-English interpreter based in Toronto. She works as a community-based interpreter in various settings, such as hospitals, schools (K-12 and post-secondary), mental health facilities, corrections, and many more. After the inspiring COVID story she wrote (which can be found here), MCIS decided to reach out to her and interview her for COVID Stories: The Impact on Language Professionals. While interviewing Anna, we realized the importance of understanding what it is truly…

Swearing in a Language without Curse Words

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator It’s said that language learning starts from curse words. In various exchange programs and language learning classes, when people from different countries meet and talk about their own languages and cultures, some of the most popular expressions they learn from each other might be “hello,” “I love you,” and swearing. Just like gratitude and affection, it’s human nature to want to express anger, frustration and resentment in explicit and…