Recently I have noticed a number of articles concerned with how various langauges are under threat for a number of reasons. Whilst this is not a new problem, with the use of a multitude of languages ebbing and waning throughout history, it certainly seems to be ever more prevalent as the world, effectively, shrinks.
Originally announced by UNESCO in 1999, Inernational Mother Language Day is intended to promote multilingualism around the world and is observed on 21st February. It highlights the very real danger of many langauges simply dissapearing from everyday use. In May 2009 the UN General Assembly called on member states "to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by people of the world".
Traditionally the event technology rental world uses just a very small percentage of what the equipment and systems are capable of. This is mostly due to the fact that, by nature, events are very much a case of “get it in, get it done, get it out”. Whilst Simtran is, essentially, an equipment rental company we encourage clients to use the technology available to help improve the feedback, and therefore the ROI, they can achieve from their conferences, meetings, training sessions and so on.
Let's face it , we have all been in a conference where the speaker droned on hours on end and with each word the struggle to stay focused and eyes open was real. Nowadays content is king and presenting it in such a way that your delegates take home not only the message but the experience calls for revolutionary solutions. Enter Audience response, a simple yet reliable way to engage participants.
During the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made all our progress possible throughout the past year. In this spirit we say, simply but sincerely, thank you and best wishes for the holiday season throughout the coming year!
Did you know that the United Nations has recognised 30th September as International Translators Day?
There seems to be a relatively constant stream of new products launching promising to revolutionise the world of interpretation, break through the language barriers and such like. Whether these are apps that run on your existing device or stand alone handsets, earpieces or whatever else they all aim to allow anyone to communicate effectively with anyone, anywhere in the world. A worthy aim indeed and one I would welcome.
Let’s be candid here, conference interpreters can, in some sections of the events industry, be considered to have a bit of a “superstar complex"!!! In the past, before setting up Simtran, I could, on occassion, have been guilty of having thought the same.
As discussed elsewhere, the best practice for providing interpretation at multilingual conferences and events is through Simultaneous Interpretation which requires a combination of cutting edge equipment and professional Simultaneous Interpreters.
You like potato and I like potahto! Don’t worry, I’m not going to attempt to deafen you but the song “Let’s call the whole thing off” perfectly illustrates the way that two different people, or groups of people, can approach exactly the same thing from very different perspectives.