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Beyond Words explores our experiences with language, culture, and the world through our day-to-day interactions.
2017-08-16 17:59
The word for liver in Spanish is always “hígado.” It’s comforting to go into an interpreting scenario with a head full of medical vocabulary in two languages. After… Read More
Vicarious Trauma: A Lesson In Empathy
2017-07-20 17:13
I worked as a medical interpreter at a level one trauma hospital for three years. In the beginning, the work felt frenetic and gratifying and new every day. But after a year or so, I started… Read More
2017-06-29 18:28
In 1990, the U.S. Department of Education embarked on a mission to fund the nation’s most promising foreign language institutions.  Known as Title VI Language Resource Centers (LR… Read More
2017-05-25 20:26
Read on to find out the fascinating and unexpected etymologies of ten of our country’s largest cities. Albuquerque: Named for its founder, Francisco Fernandez de la Cueva, Duke of Albu… Read More
2017-05-09 18:25
Despite all the technological advances of the computer age, sometimes it’s most convenient to fall back on old practices. Palatography – demonstrated here my good friend in… Read More
2017-04-14 15:00
When the Eurozone was forged in 1999, it brought with it the promise of more mobility, cooperation, and comradery in Europe. The global economic downturn that followed shortly after generate… Read More
2017-03-31 16:53
Scientific investigation is a slow process. Rarely are long-established ideas smashed with one individual research paper that causes everyone to turn their heads. The study of sound symbolis… Read More
2017-03-20 19:15
What if I was to tell you that Mandarin is far from alone in being a tonal language? What if I was to tell you that, in fact, most of the world’s languages are tonal, including some en… Read More

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