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How To Use Your Smartphone To Translate Just About Anything

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 02.24.2015 | Technology

These days you can have any and all types of translation services right in your smartphone. Here are the ones you should definitely be using.

John Oliver Just Made Us All Feel Like Jackasses

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 10.21.2014 | Comedy

On Sunday night, John Oliver pointed out that the U.S. process for issuing special immigrant visas for translators is so difficult that it has more st...

Do You Speak A Second Language? HuffPost Wants To Hear From You

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 09.26.2013 | College

HuffPost readers: Do you speak a second language? If so, we'd love to hear from you. We're currently looking to hear from college students, graduat...

Why Immigration Reform Is Good for Translation, Just Not for the Reasons You Think

Nataly Kelly | Posted 04.01.2013 | Business
Nataly Kelly

How does immigration boost the economy? There are many reasons, but the short answer is that immigration adds more people who in turn spend more money. Businesses benefit from this spending, a fact reflected in the larger economy.

PEN Translation Fund Donor's Identity Revealed

Susan Bernofsky | Posted 12.03.2012 | Books
Susan Bernofsky

"He was enormously embarrassed at the thought of being publicly associated with the donation, and insisted on complete anonymity. Mike had a visceral horror of money, which he associated with excess. He explained that the money was the death benefit that his mother received in 1945."

Georgia School In Need Of Spanish-Speaking Volunteers | Jonathan Cribbs | Posted 07.31.2012 | Latino Voices

Henderson Middle School is "desperate" for Spanish-speaking volunteers, according to an email sent to parents today....

Firefighters Use Flashcards To Understand Spanish-Speakers

Posted 07.02.2012 | Latino Voices

Axe? Check. Fire extinguisher? Check. Spanish flashcards? Er... Starting this week, firefighters in Knoxville, Tennessee will be adding one more to...

Thanking the Translators

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.26.2012 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

We owe thanks to the literary translators. Through meticulous and exacting work, carried out in obscurity and often in utter anonymity, these magicians of language open the door to whole new book stacks of wonder.

AMAZING: New iPhone App Instantly Translates Words In Front Of You

The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

You're in a foreign country. There's text in front of you - on a sign, in a menu, wherever - that you don't quite understand. What do you do? If yo...

Language and Being American in the World

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gail Vida Hamburg

It is not unusual for US interpreters in Afghanistan to be ignorant of the languages they claimed to be fluent in. Faking understanding of a foreign language is a common vanity.

Don't turn the page on our translators

Zachary J. Iscol | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zachary J. Iscol

Last night, in a sobering prime time address from the Oval Office, President Obama called for us to turn the page on Iraq. But for thousands of Iraqi...

The DEA's New Tool Against Crime

Zack Isaacs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Zack Isaacs

There's a new job skill that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is requiring of a few agents: how to speak Ebonics. And that's probably because it is not usually taught in schools.

Translators Deserve Credit Too: Who Really Wrote The Kundera You Love?

The Guardian | Tim Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Who wrote the Milan Kundera you love? Answer: Michael Henry Heim. And what about the Orhan Pamuk you think is so smart? Maureen Freely. Or the imagina...

Lost in Translation: The High Cost of Interpreting in the Middle East

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Interpreters have some of the most high risk jobs in war zones.

Don't Tell, But the Military Is Now Recruiting Foreigners

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Foreigners on student or work visas are probably at least as good a bet as the serious felons the armed forces have been reduced to chasing after. Provided they're straight, of course.

Why Foreign Language Education Matters

Rep. Rush Holt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Rush Holt

It is no exaggeration to say that bolstering foreign language education for ensuing generations is vital to our nation's economic and national security.