Business Jargon

You could say that every occupation has its own language– its own shorthand, or jargon. The business world is no exception. But now, Forbes is stepping in, calling for “a stop to the nonsense.” He’s hoping they’re not beating around the bush. Courtesy: thinkpanama Jargon-flourishing business people create a mysterious veil around themselves, hiding behind the […]

A Language Everyone Speaks

We talk a lot about… well, talking. But there’s one language everyone speaks, that you can’t slip into or out of. Body language. What’s this say to you? Here are some simple tips from on how to read the faces around you. Blinking– The normal blink rate is six to eight times a minute, […]

Language and Its Influence on Our Lives

For a long time, the idea that language might shape thought was considered at best untestable and more often simply wrong. Research in my labs at Stanford University and at MIT has helped reopen this question. We have collected data around the world: from China, Greece, Chile, Indonesia, Russia, and Aboriginal Australia. What we have […]

Interpreter of the Month: Thomas

Thomas Johnston is a jack of all trades at Affordable Language Services. As Interpreting Operations Manager, Thomas is the guy in charge of the day to day operations in the interpreting department. He actively oversees the handling of over 1100 interpreter requests per month for over 120 languages, from a pool of over 500 local […]

“In Other Words”

When learning a new language, speakers often experience a series of somewhat comical mishaps. This is especially common when it comes to jokes. What is funny in one culture may not be in another, or the gag may just not translate well. One example is the traditional American “Knock, knock” joke. Foreground Dance (based out […]

Make More of Your 140 Characters

Web developers are coming up with new tools to help Twitterers make the most of their 140 character limit. Thsrs (the shortened version of thesaurus) takes a long word you want to use, and searches for shorter synonyms. How cool!     If that doesn’t help you shop it down, 140it certainly will. Granted, it […]

Supreme Court Exceeding Limited English Proficient Obligations

A statement issued by the Ohio Supreme Court regarding legal interpreters. “Guidelines issued this week [August 23, 2010] by the U.S. Department of Justice show that efforts by the Supreme Court of Ohio are exceeding national standards in breaking down language barriers in the courtroom. Ten years ago, President Clinton signed an Executive Order that […]

English Slang

English isn’t just English. If you’ve ever spoken with someone who lives outside your geographical region or culture, you know slang pervades the English language, as it does in most others. Beyond that, try talking to a Brit. As an American it quickly becomes clear that although you’re speaking the same language, you’ve got no […]

What noise does a dog make?

It seems like a simple question, but stop and think about it for a second. There’s really no right or wrong answer. All languages recognize that animals make noise, and in most cultures small children start learning about animals through these noises. So, what noise does a dog make? How you answer that question is […]

Benefits of Learning a New Language

There are so many good reasons to learn a new language! It helps improve your knowledge of basic grammar, other cultures, and can open the doors to traveling to new and exciting places with people you otherwise might never have met But many more benefits of learning a second, third, or fourth language often go […]