Different Ways to Learn a Language

By: Ashley Tulio, Communications Specialist While living during a worldwide pandemic, individuals have taken quarantine as an opportunity to learn a new skill such as cooking, sewing, at-home workouts, etc. Something else that many people have pursued is learning a new language. While kids tend to pick up new languages more easily compared to adults, a study has shown that learning a new language as an adult actually reroutes brain networks, igniting shifts that can…

Fonts and Writing Systems of the Chinese Language: What Went Wrong in Mulan?

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator As a native Chinese speaker, as much as I want to appreciate Disney’s effort in trying to recreate the story of Mulan, a famous female soldier who symbolizes bravery and loyalty in Chinese literature, the above scene gave me mixed feelings. Upon looking at the inscription on Mulan’s family sword, my feelings might be equivalent to an English speaker watching a period film, where one of the characters opens…

COVID-19 Stories: Hanen Nanaa, Campaigning for An Inclusive Canada

MCIS recently had the pleasure of interviewing Hanen Nanaa, a young, passionate individual dedicated to supporting newcomers in feeling welcomed and connected to their communities. Hanen is very special to MCIS as she was the youngest recipient to receive the Interpreter Training Scholarship in 2016. She has only been in Canada for four years and has already been accepted to Ryerson University, volunteered with many newcomers’ organizations, and began leading Books, Arts, and Music Collective…

MCIS – Highlights of 2019

by: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator To MCIS Language Solutions, 2019 has been a rewarding year of effort, growth and hope. Over the past twelve months, we had updated our interpretation facilities to include a conference interpreting booth, had many new staff members and freelancers joining our ever growing team, refreshed the content on our website, participated in local movements promoting social justice and language rights, and built stronger networks in our community by hosting…

Starting from “How Are You” – How Communication Barrier Goes Beyond Language

by: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator Seven years ago, when I first came to Canada, the first culture shock I ever experienced was the question “How are you?” It was my biggest fear at the time, that someone would show up in front of me and burst out the words: “how are you?” I, feeling attacked, would have to answer in return, without having developed the conditioned response of replying with “I’m good.” Before I…

Learn to Roll Your Rs! – A Step-by-Step Beginner’s Guide to the Alveolar Trill

by: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator You are learning a new language. It’s ridiculously difficult to master as you expected it to be. As a believer in hard work, you started an ultimate conquest to its grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. You defeated the first two. Then you realize there’s still an annoying rolled R existing in the language. You practiced, you read (and probably watched) about a thousand trilled R tutorials, and you failed. Frustrated…