COVID Stories: Life as an ASL Interpreter in the time of COVID

By: Anna Grunfeld I had an experience recently that I’ve been thinking about and wanted to share some thoughts. I was fortunate enough to receive my second dose of the COVID vaccine, having qualified for the early second dose. When I called to book my appointment, the lady on the phone asked me what qualified me for the early dose, and I explained that I am a Sign Language Interpreter who works in many high-risk settings…

MCIS Launches Online Training and Webinars Supporting Senior Victims of Crime

Toronto, Ontario – Every year on June 15, the United Nations marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day in which communities worldwide recognize elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. Earlier this year, MCIS developed and launched an online training, funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General, offering tips and tools to service providers of this target population. The training, Supporting Senior Victims of Crime, explores the complexities of working…

Chatbot and the Language Industry

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator  What comes to mind when you see the word chatbot? Siri? Alexa? Or the automatic replies you receive when you type in an online customer service chat box? Well, they are all a part of the big chatbot family. As the name indicates, chatbots are robots that can automatically generate conversations with humans and fall into the artificial intelligence (AI) category. When asked questions, chatbots generally come up with…

The Connection Between Music and Language

By: Communication Specialist, Ashley Tulio I am someone who loves music and listens to it all the time. I enjoy various genres: from jazz, rock, country, blues, hip-hop, to classical, baroque, Motown, and others! Music is special to me as it has gotten me through many hardships and kept me sane during the social isolation that followed COVID-19. Music has always had a way of speaking to me: whether it is by helping me concentrate…

Feedback from the Community

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator For over 30 years, MCIS has been an active member in building and meaningfully supporting communities around us by providing language services including translation, interpretation, localization, language professional training and more. In the past month, we have proudly received numerous positive reviews and feedback from our customers. MCIS has been working closely with the health care industry for a very long time, and when the lockdowns put everyone to…

A Journey Through Meditation

By: Ashley Tulio, Communications Specialist Meditation can be defined as a set of techniques intended to encourage a heightened state of awareness and focused attention. It provides many benefits for psychological well-being, and as it comes in various forms, there are many types of meditation. The two main types are: Concentrative meditation involves focusing all of your attention on a specific object while tuning out everything else around you. Mindfulness meditation consists of being aware…

Roar Your Way to Inner Peace

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator Ever lost your temper and regretted it? Felt trapped and more easily agitated since the lockdowns and isolation? Tried to hold your anger in but only felt like blowing up? You’re not alone. And we have a webinar, designed especially for you, to help you release your anger, control and express these emotions in an unharmful way, and relax in general. At the end of April, MCIS collaborated with…

How to Become a Great Communicator

By: Ashley Tulio, Communications Specialist The definition of communication is giving, receiving, or exchanging ideas, information, signals, or messages through appropriate media, enabling individuals or groups to persuade, seek information, provide information, or express emotions. When I was in high school, I believed that communication was purely the exchange of words, either through verbal or written means. I wasn’t the strongest student within my English class, nor was I among the strongest presenters. I used…

Fictional Languages and Where to Find Them

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator Late last year, with the airing of The Mandalorian, Tusken Sign Language was introduced to the public. Accompanied by the unbearable cuteness of ‘Baby Yoda’ and the attention it brought to the Deaf community’s contributions to the film industry, the series and Tusken Sign Language trended online, adding a new member to the family of fictional languages. Fictional languages, familiar to fans of sci-fi and fantasy genres, have a…

The Role of Body Language in Communication

By: Ashley Tulio, Communications Specialist Body language is the use of physical behaviour, expressions, and mannerisms to communicate non-verbally. Non-verbal behaviours can allow people to be at ease, build trust and connections with others. However, they can also confuse others, generate tension, and even create an uncomfortable environment. Being able to understand one’s body language has always been interesting for me personally, as I have been in situations where, despite what one person says, their body…