Diversity of Languages in the World

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator We all know it’s hard to learn a new language. Transitioning from one language to another is way more difficult than transitioning from using the system of a Windows PC to that of a Mac laptop. The realm of languages is so vast and diverse that it’s almost impossible for one person to master them all – the about 7,000 languages spoken in today’s world, and the 180 spoken…

The Ongoing Hardships with Small and Medium-Sized Business enterprises due to COVID-19

By: Ashley Tulio, Communications Specialist Small and medium-sized businesses across Canada continue to face challenges due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Small and medium-sized businesses have had to adapt to the circumstances by creating an online presence, developing new business models, reducing hours of operations, laying off staff, applying for government funding, and seeking rent relief. However, numerous businesses have been unable to fully reopen as they only offer partial service, alongside businesses that have…

Inuktitut Language Milestones

By: Ashley Tulio, Communication Specialist Inuktitut is an Indigenous language in North America spoken in the Canadian Arctic. It is just one part of what is known as “the Inuit language” spoken in Alaska in the west to Greenland in the east. In Canada, there are several Inuit regions aside from Nunavut, including the Inuvialuit region of the Northwest Territories, Nunavik in Northern Quebec, and Nunatsiavut in Labrador. In 2016, Statistics Canada reported 39,770 Inuktitut…

4 Ways to Improve Team Communication

Organizations at every level should aim to improve team communication. As the article on the ‘Importance of Team Communication Skills’ explains, excellent communication among team members helps in setting and attaining clear goals, promoting greater efficiency and better problem-solving, cultivating positive relationships, reducing and diffusing conflict, and creating a culture of celebration. Excellent team communication, though, is something teams need to work on as part of a comprehensive and continuous professional development program that team managers anywhere…

Getting Loud on Mental Health

By: Sanah Matador, May 2019 Updated by: Ashley Tulio, December 2020 **MCIS originally posted this blog in May 2019 to bring awareness to Mental Health Week. Given the ongoing pandemic and an increase in mental health crises around this time of year, we felt that it was important to repost this article with some updates.** COVID-19 has brought many changes within our lives, forcing us to adapt and integrate ourselves from within our homes. The…

My Experience as a Co-op Student at MCIS Language Solutions

By: Ashley Tulio, Communication Specialist My name is Ashley Tulio and I am currently the Communication Specialist here at MCIS Language Solutions. I am a Ryerson University student in the Ted Rogers Co-op program, studying Business Management! My goal as a co-op student is to be able to expand my knowledge as much as I can through working in different industries, companies, and positions. Within this blog, I will share with you my journey as…

Highlighting October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month

By: Ashley Tulio, Communications Specialist October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! The purpose is to promote inclusion for people who experience disability and to celebrate the various contributions of workers with disabilities. This annual awareness campaign has occurred within the United States every October since 1945 and has spread and gained attention within Canada among multiple provinces. Within these provinces, businesses and employers are encouraged to participate in the nationwide campaign that brings attention…

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…

Without Cross-Cultural Competence, This Love Story Would Be Impossible to Tell

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator Imagine you were telling someone a story. A fairy tale that involved the love between a knight and a princess. The task might sound fairly easy: A knight saw a princess. He fell in love with her, proposed to her, and they got married. Now imagine you were telling this story to a person who is completely unfamiliar with European culture. The story would be much more difficult to…

The Elephant in the Room

By: Sarah Haque It affects all of us. Public Health Agency of Canada findings indicate that 1 in 3 of us will experience mental illness in our lifetime. So chances are someone we care about might be suffering right now. Today, I want to talk about the importance of being aware of mental health issues in our work lives. Research shows that half a million Canadians miss work every year because of their mental health….