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Translating Official Documents

Obtaining a passport or other government documents in the US can be stressful. Sending and processing official documents outside the US is sometimes downright dreadful. The United States process tens of millions of official documents every year, with an average wait time of 2-8 months, the information must be 100%[...]
By Daniel Ford | June 20, 2018 | Categories: ITC | No Comments

When Translation Errors Cost Lives

While modern medicine advances at a staggering pace, some hospitals and healthcare providers are finding it difficult to break down language barriers, sometimes resulting in tragic accidents. It’s common to see family members, including children, step in, and translate to hospital staff, often with little fluency.  The following are three[...]
By Daniel Ford | April 27, 2018 | Categories: ITC | No Comments

Wow! Impressive! – Two Wow’s In One Day

Many of our conversations surround metrics and data.  For many years we have tracked everything from client feedback, employee and contractor feedback, to detailed feedback on every project.  It’s an amazing system and network of data that rolls in thanks to excellent process design and amazing systems.  At any moment,[...]
By Allison Baillieston | April 21, 2018 | Categories: ITC | No Comments


The other day I read an article about a language called Ayapaneco. Wikipedia states that there are approximately 15 speakers whose ages range from 67 to 90. What caught my attention about the language, however, was not its rarity, but the story surrounding it. In 2010 a story started circulating stating[...]
By Matthew Mokoena | April 19, 2018 | Categories: ITC | No Comments

Know Your Interpreting Need

The history of interpreting is almost as old as language itself. From the Tower of Babel to Luis de Torres (Christopher Columbus’ official interpreter) and the Aztec slave woman interpreting for the Spanish during their conquest of the Aztec empire. Interpreters have been conduits for communicating everything from religious, legal,[...]
By Matthew Mokoena | March 29, 2018 | Categories: ITC | No Comments

Blunder At Your Own Risk

What do the following names have in common; Jimmy Carter, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Thamsanqa Jantjie? If your guess was biggest, baddest or most humiliating misinterpretation blunders, congratulations. Jimmy Carter: You might be thinking, “Since when did the 39th President of the US get involved in interpretation?” Well, in a speech[...]
By Matthew Mokoena | February 27, 2018 | Categories: ITC | No Comments

Language Comes A Long Way, So do We

The need for communication has been around since antiquity, and although the origins of language in the human species have been the topic of much discussion for millennia, there has been no consensus on the origin or age of human language. That withstanding, no one can deny the evolution of[...]
By Matthew Mokoena | January 21, 2018 | Categories: ITC | No Comments

Courtroom Mistranslation Postpones Trial

Mistranslation many times can lead to substantial loss of time and money, but in some extreme cases, it can even lead to jail time. Laura Plummer, a British citizen, is currently facing up to twenty-five years in a foreign prison for charges of drug trafficking a controlled substance in Egypt.[...]
By Allison Baillieston | January 16, 2018 | Categories: ITC | No Comments