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Friday, December 28, 2012

Why German Thrillers are Not Popular in US

German author Nele Neuhaus' 'Snow White Must Die' is a best seller in Europe and South Korea.
German author Nele Neuhaus' 'Snow White Must Die' is a best seller in Europe and South Korea.
Germans love to read and write thrillers – crime fiction, detective stories, murder and intrigue.
Between 400 and 500 crime novels or “krimis” are published each year in the country.
Yet, German thrillers have never cracked the US market unlike their Scandinavian cousins.
Susan Stone reports from Frankfurt, Germany.

Ethiopia moving to address doctor shortage; critics say corners being cut

Ethiopia has struggled with a shortage of qualified doctors for years. In an effort to resolve that, it's vastly increased the sizes of existing classes and opened 13 new schools. But critics say Ethiopia is training a generation of woefully unqualified doctors.

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The pediatrics wing of St. Paul’s Hospital in Addis Ababa is a busy place. Nervous parents move in and out, waiting for their kids to be seen. 

There aren’t a lot of doctors here, but there is one group of people that seems to be everywhere: young, white-coated medical students. 

Until recently, Ethiopia had just one physician for every 100,000 people, but now the country is dramatically increasing the number of doctors it produces.
This year, the government opened 13 new medical schools, which more than doubled the number in the country. Ethiopia has also been increasing enrollment at existing schools.

“This year, for the first time, we enrolled 3,100 medical students, which is almost tenfold compared to what we used to enroll five, six years ago,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Ethiopia’s foreign minister, who until recently served as minister of health. 

Tedros says Ethiopia’s severe physician shortage is one of the country’s most pressing concerns.

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Remembering A Great Literary Translator

Michael Henry Heim was an internationally-known translator who created highly-praised English versions of such masterpieces as "Death in Venice" and "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," has died. He was 69. Heim taught Slavic languages and literature at the University of California, Los Angeles for 40 years. He died from complications of melanoma.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Lisa Kristine: Photos that Bear Witness to Modern Slavery

For the past two years, photographer Lisa Kristine has traveled the world, documenting the unbearably harsh realities of modern-day slavery. She shares the hauntingly beautiful images - miners in the Congo, brick layers in Nepal - illuminating the plight of the 27 million souls enslaved worldwide. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Becoming a Court Interpreter in New York

CUNY TV's Study With the Best on how to become a court interpreter in New York State. 

Interpreting in a Globalized World

United Nations, New York, March 2012 - This short video describes the work of interpreters at the United Nations and the European Parliament, highlighting common features of multilingualism, while shedding light on the challenge facing both organizations - that of a shortage of qualified and skilled interpreters. The movie was shot in 2011, when Mr. Miguel Angel Martinez Martinez, Vice President of the European Union Parliament, visited United Nations Headquarters in New York. 

[Video Co-produced by the European Union Parliament Directorate General for Interpretation and Conferences and the United Nations Department for General Assembly and Conference Management]

Overview of a Career in Court Interpreting

Part 1: Learn what it takes to be a court interpreter and how to get started in an exciting career that offers new challenges every day. This video series is a program of the California courts' Court. 

For the entire series of Court Interpreting Training, click here

Interpreters in Health Care

U.S. society is becoming increasingly diverse. More and more people speak languages other than English primarily, which becomes an issue when they need to go see the doctor.

Interpreting Booth manners:

Matthew illustrates a few potential annoyances to avoid when working in a simultaneous interpretation booth.

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United Nations

Interpreting in a Globalised World (English)

A Day in The Life: Interpreters

Top 5 Translation Career Mistakes

For full translator training series, click here

Translation careers can be hard to navigate without a mentor or advice along the way to avoid common mistakes. This is why our team here at the Global Translation Institute (GTI) have created the Translator Training Video Platform where we provide videos providing career advice, tips, and best practices for translators. We hope you enjoy this free piece of video-based career advice. - CTP Team

Tech Minute: Learn a new language via Google

Tom Mitchell: Never Ending Language Learning

Tom M. Mitchell, Chair of the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University, discusses Never-Ending Language Learner (NELL) -- a computer program that runs 24 hours per day, forever, learning to read the web. He gave his lecture on the occasion of Princeton University's centennial celebration of Alan Turing. Learn more at
English Language Learning Tips #1

First in a series of cute animations from University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. 
The series provides tips for people learning English, starting with this fun 'test your English' episode.

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Learning Languages on Your Own

Konstantin Andreev gives an introduction to the secrets of learning language on your own.

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Language and Learning in Children

How many languages can a child learn at once? Is there a 'window' of opportunity, or can they learn multiple languages at any time? And what are the cognitive benefits of learning more than one language? We speak with research psychologists and a language teacher about how kids acquire second, third or fourth languages and how it helps.

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Differences between French in Quebec and France:

accent, attitude and curse words

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Translation: Frequently Asked Questions for translators
(Interview in French with subtitles)

This video is in French, and has subtitles in English, French, Arabic and Portuguese. 
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Tim Ferriss on language learning: 
Interview with Benny of Fluent in 3 months
Go to this blog post for a quick intro about Tim, and a full transcript of this entire interview. Otherwise, you can activate captions (in English) here on Youtube.

Language Matters:

Strengthening Asian and Pacific Islander Education at Berkeley

An open forum to promote dialogue among UC Berkeley students, API community organizations, and UC Berkeley faculty and administration invested in building a robust API language

Dreaming in Different Tongues: Languages and the Way We Think

On the Same Page: Voices of Berkeley keynote event
Moderated by Geoff Nunberg
Panelists: Scholars Lera Boroditsky and Lily Wong Fillmore; author and Cal alumna Maxine Hong Kingston; actor and Cal alumnus John Cho.