Holiday Season!

By: Ashley Tulio, Communication Specialist  Many holidays are celebrated throughout the winter season worldwide! Below is a list of a few holidays out of many. Explore the meanings of the holidays by reading on. Hanukkah: Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish celebration that commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple located in Jerusalem. This is where, according to legend, Jews had risen against their oppressors in a revolt. The word Hanukkah…

Voluntary or Not, We Now Are All Learning the Greek Alphabet

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator It probably wasn’t World Health Organization’s (WHO) original intention for the Greek alphabet to gain this much attention linguistically. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have seen five reported variants of this disease. To avoid stigmatization of the countries where these virus mutations took place and to avoid discrimination against people from those areas, WHO announced in early 2021 that to replace the old habit of naming diseases with…

The Meaning Behind Idioms

By: Ashley Tulio, Communication Specialist Growing up I remember having a book on idioms. My brain used to be just filled with different idioms, and their meanings and history. I actually believe that everyone uses idioms more often than we think. This blog will explore what idioms are and some common ones frequently used! Let’s begin with the definition of idioms. An idiom is a word or phrase in which the figurative meaning is different…

Insights: The Ongoing Battle Against COVID-19

Original version: https://www.mcislanguages.com/blog-post/battling-covid-19-and-filling-the-language-gap-reflections-on-language-advocacy-day/  Another year when humans coexisted with COVID-19 has gone by. In the second year of the pandemic, Canada has seen the Delta variant, vaccinated most of its population, introduced a booster shot, and is now dealing with the new Omicron variant, which is said to be more aggressive and infectious. It’s not yet the time to let our guards down though. The work on raising awareness, educating people and encouraging action among…

Multilingual Content Strategy for E-commerce: Update

Original Version: https://www.mcislanguages.com/blog-post/multilingual-content-strategy-for-e-commerce/ This holiday season is fast approaching, and Holiday e-commerce sales are increasing exponentially. This year, holiday e-commerce sales are projected to reach a record for $207 billion just in the U.S alone. With online stores being more accessible to customers around the world, having a multilingual content can truly benefit e-commerce businesses. In this increasingly globalized world, it comes as no shock that people are relying more and more on e-commerce to…

Squid Game: Cultural Exchange That Goes Beyond the Show

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator Squid Game is hot. Since the series was released on Netflix in September, it rapidly became one of the platform’s most viewed shows despite being a non-English drama. The impact it has left has been phenomenal. Those who raved about it were not only audiences who speak Korean, the show’s native language, but also those who speak English, the “official language” of the world’s cultural industry (and have shown…

Why Language Professionals Will Always Be Essential

By: Ashley Tulio, Communication Specialist With machine translation and artificial intelligence (AI) improving day by day, we wonder what place human translators and interpreters will have in the future as digital alternatives grow more robust and more efficient. While tools like Google Translate and equivalent software allow for a rapid job, there will always be challenges for AI to become perfectly accurate. In-person Interpretation There will always be a need for humans to interpret a…

MCIS AGM 2021 Recap

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator On Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, MCIS held its virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) for fiscal year 2020/21. This is the second year in which the AGM took place virtually. Despite not being able to meet in-person, the evening was filled with celebration, prizes, awards, joy, and excitement. Latha Sukumar, MCIS’ Executive Director, Shash Anand, the Chair of MCIS’ Board of Directors, kicked off the evening and the business portion…

Part 2: ASL Interpretation in Today’s World: An ASL Interpreter’s Perspective

Anna Grunfeld is an American Sign Language-English interpreter based in Toronto. She works as a community-based interpreter in various settings, such as hospitals, schools (K-12 and post-secondary), mental health facilities, corrections, and many more. After the inspiring COVID story she wrote (which can be found here), MCIS decided to reach out to her and interview her for COVID Stories: The Impact on Language Professionals. While interviewing Anna, we realized the importance of understanding what it is truly…

MCIS AGM 2021: A Preview

Have you RSVP’d? Our 2020/21 AGM is only one week away and we can’t wait to see you! Since the pandemic is ongoing, we chose to host the event virtually once again this year. And even though we’ll all be in the comfort of our own homes, it’s still an excellent opportunity to catch up with peers, learn what MCIS has been up to in the last year, hear a wonderful keynote, participate in the…