Wednesday, June 30, 2010
In Alaska, the native Eyak language’s last known fluent speaker, Marie Smith Jones, died in 2008. But 21-year-old Guillaume Leduey from France has set out to save this now-extinct language. He’s been teaching himself Eyak for the last few years, with the help of DVDs and Eyak tales.
Guillaume still isn’t sure if he’s up to the challenge of bringing Eyak back from extinction…but what he is doing is truly honorable! Read about his quest here .
And in Kansas, 87-year-old Cecelia Jackson is currently recording the Potawatomi language to keep it from dying out, since she is its last fluent speaker. The Potawatomi reservation is located in Northeast Kansas.
What do you think? With languages dying every year, is it possible to save all of them? Click here to find out how many languages have become extinct in America since 1950!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
But we’ve figured out how to help brighten up your day, whether you’re in the cloudy Pacific Northwest or in a much luckier, sunnier locale. We’re giving you a daily fun fact about our favorite subject: languages!
Follow us on Twitter (@dynamiclanguage) to see a new fun fact every Monday through Friday, about languages and dialects ranging from Afrikaans to Zulu. It all starts today!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Many Latinos in the U.S. are turning down health care because they don’t know what they’re paying for or what’s expected of them, Randy Nieves-Ruiz says in Newsweek.
It’s true that in the age of prescription drugs, misunderstood instructions from your doctor could spell the difference between life and death. You can never be too cautious, but it’s still heartbreaking that so many choose to forego medical care.
It’s important to remember: unless someone learns English before they hit puberty, it will take longer than a few months to master the language. So why not offer everything in multiple languages?
What would you be reluctant to do in a foreign language?
• Write a business letter?
• Sign court documents?
• Write a business proposal?
• Tell us your thoughts in a comment!
Monday, June 14, 2010
At Dynamic Language, we pride ourselves on our native translators and interpreters. Imagine our disappointment upon learning that English speakers with foreign accents were discriminated against in the same way people are discriminated against based on ethnicity and race—even those with exceptional grammar!
Research conducted by Agata Gluszek, a Yale PhD candidate, suggests that the exception to this type of discrimination is English spoken with English, Australian or Western European accents, which appear more educated to Americans. See article here.
What many Americans forget is that every year, hundreds of thousands of immigrants flow into the United States and inject their skills and dedication into our economy; even the government sees the importance of new workers to the health of the country.
Senators and experts are currently fighting for better language education in schools to help breed translators and interpreters, positions in high demand due to the continued globalization of the work force. Read more about their efforts.
That’s something Dynamic Language can support!
But we still think our way of translating is the most accurate; no one but a native speaker can guarantee the quality of your translated documents!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This is why Google is working hard to bring Google Search by Voice to all speakers of different languages.
In the beginning, Search by Voice was compatible with only English, and then it expanded to Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. Today, Google is excited to include French, German, Italian, and Spanish to the mix.
Adding a new language isn’t as easy as you may think. Weeks, if not months are spent working directly with native speakers. The native speakers are asked to read popular questions and over one million other recognizable words in their native tongue with various background noises – in a restaurant, on a busy street and in cars are just a few examples.
It is intriguing to watch as Google continues to innovate ways to close the language barrier and make it simpler for everyone of all native tongues to communicate.
Learn how to get started with Search by Voice on your Google powered fun click here.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Apple has finally released their highly anticipated iPhone 4. The new phone shows off a host of exciting features and a slick new style.
However, one of the most useful features may be Apple’s new method for video chatting. Apple’s new FaceTime application allows users to visually chat with any other iPhone 4 user while using a wireless internet connection.
In an industry that applauds the expansion of communication we are happy to see Apple help chip away an important visual barrier. The new FaceTime application may have big implications for the deaf community as it provides a convenient platform for communication through sign language.
We are excited that Apple has taken this important step to support sign language use throughout the world.
Photo from apple.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Dynamic Language understands the importance of deadlines and keeping you up-to-date every step of the way. To make projects run smoother we offer AccessDynamic powered by Basecamp which is an innovative online project management tool.
Now, Basecamp is available in Spanish, French, Italian, Greek, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Japanese, Russian, and Hungarian. German and Finnish are both close to being finished and more are on the way. Learn how to change your language.
For more information about AccessDynamic click here or contact us!