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What is English Grammar? | Bridging the Unbridgeable

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FIC regulation: Lost in translation?

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Brooks, who is the director of the Association of Language Companies and CEO of K International, flagged up allergen and nutrient labelling as areas that could pose particularly serious risks if companies make even the slightest error in translating on-pack information.

“There will be no margin for translation errors within the new legislation as the mandatory labeling obligations for allergens, sugar, fat content, saturates, energy, carbohydrate, salt, etc. could all have health implications if not 100% accurate,” he said.

All food companies doing business in the European Union are required to revise their labelling as the Food Information for Consumers (FIC) regulation comes into force in December this year.

Speaking with FoodNavigator, Brooks pointed specifically to FIC restrictions on font size to ensure legibility.

“If you want to put five or six languages on a yoghurt pot for example, it is challenging. You can’t make it legible – which is right, you shouldn’t be able to do that,” he said.

When it comes to choosing which languages to include on packaging, he said there was often a trade-off to be made, considering, among other things, branding and the cost of potential solutions.

“The advice I would give would be to talk about it with the packaging company as early on as possible,” he said.

No place for automated translation

Brooks claims that one of the biggest challenges for food companies will be ensuring suppliers’ labelling, and that of their packaging companies, complies with the new legislation – and in every language in which they operate.

“In an industry where we translate information for over a thousand products a week I can attest that translating food packaging isn’t easy,” he said. “There are those within the food industry who continue to make errors on foreign language packs, a problem perpetuated by polluted translation memories, unprofessional translators and using technology like Google Translate without a post-editing process.”

Allergen confusion

The warning ‘may contain nuts’, for example, is translated by Google Translate as ‘peut contenir des noix’ – which could be understood as ‘may contain walnuts’. A general warning about the presence of nuts is usually translated in French as ‘peut contenir des traces de fruits à coque’. Any misunderstanding caused by such labelling could have severe repercussions for an allergic consumer.

“Are nuts and walnuts different?  They certainly are if your child has a specific allergy and worryingly we see this common error all over packs in European supermarkets,” Brooks said.

He added: “You can use tools to help you translate, but you need to have it checked by a professional translator who is specialised in food.”

The current EU general labelling rules have been in place since 2000 via a labelling directive, but it will be completely replaced by the FIC regulation in December.

In the spotlight is revamped nutrition labelling, which will become mandatory; replacement of GDAs (guideline daily amounts) with RIs (reference intake); new rules for allergen labelling and legibility; and requirements for ingredient origin labelling, among many other changes.

Click here to read more about what the new legislation will mean for your business.

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Guidelines for Interpreting Food Labels

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Food labels are a great resource for helping you select and compare quality food for your family (Read these guideline on interpreting food labels.
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Fast facts about cutting boards and food safety in your kitchen

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Anything that touches your food can be a source of contamination and foodborne illness – including cutting boards. (Anything that touches your food can be a source of contamination and foodborne illness – incl...
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This is what a healthy breakfast looks like

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Make sure your breakfast contains the right amount of protein, carbs and fresh fruit and vegies.
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10 signs that you may be suffering from OCD | Thinking About Health

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OCD is a real illness and these 10 symptoms may indicate that you have it... http://t.co/AWTSqz1fiw
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Being bilingual 'slows brain ageing' on Translation & Interpreting curated by Curri Barcelo (Being bilingual 'slows brain ageing' | http://t.co/3zUo6awdhT)...
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Scottish Doorstep Crime Operation Deemed a Success

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A national operation aimed at preventing doorstop crime, has been carried out successfully by Police Scotland working alongside other agencies and local authorities.The Scottish campaign, labelled Operation Monarda, ran in conjunction with UK...
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How to Use Scratch for Digital Storytelling - graphite

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"Digital storytelling involves combining digital media (images, voice narration, music, text, or motion) to tell a story. Over the past few years, digital storytelling has become an increasingly popular and effective way for students to meet a range of learning goals in the classroom. Scratch, a programming project from the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, might be an unexpected tool for digital storytelling. But using Scratch to tell a story is a “twofer”: Students practice important ELA skills and at the same time use computational thinking."

 


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Students love to learn with Scratch!!

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Använd scratch till digitalt berättande. Verkar kul.

Michèle Drechsler's curator insight, July 23, 2014 3:32 PM

Le logiciel Scratch permet de combiner les médias et les productions sont multimodales (sons, images, textes...).  Il peut être utilisé dès l'école maternelle pour développer des compétences à l'oral. Les activités de programmation permettent de développer des compétences dans le domaine de l'informatique. Les élèves du primaire, comprennent la nécessité de prévoir et d'exécuter un programme pour transmettre un message à destinataire.


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Scottish Law Firm Goes Fully Paperless

A law firm in Scotland has been talking about how going completely paperless has allowed its staff to increase their productivity. - See more at: http://www....
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Legal Words and Phrases

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Lapin Law Offices offers the following general definitions of commonly used legal words and phrases. Words and phrases may have a different definition depending on the situation or applicable law.

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Lapin Law Offices Resources: LEGAL DEFINITIONS

 

As a service to our clients and people needing definitions of commonly used legal words and phrases our website (lapinlawoffices.com) contains a Legal Definitions page. The definitions start at “Actual Malice” and go through “Willful Act.”

 

If you think we are missing a word or phrase please let us know and we can add it.

 

Lapin Law Offices represents injured, abused and disabled clients in Lincoln and throughout Nebraska with caring, passion and dedication.

 

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NOTE: Words and phrases may have a different definition depending on the situation or applicable law.

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Medical staff uses iPads to bridge language gap

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Communication between Beloit Health System medical staff and patients will be a little smoother thanks to a new translation service available on iPads.

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Communication between Beloit Health System medical staff and patients will be a little smoother thanks to a new translation service available on iPads.

Called “Accutrans” by staff, the new service offers real-time interpretation services for Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) 24 hours a day and seven days a week. And other languages such as Mandarin, Vietnamese, Polish, Russian, Somali and more are available most of the time, with a phone service for after hours.

“Cultural diversity is a big subject in the health field and we want to meet all the needs of the culture,” said Beloit Health System Clinic Manager Sue Dailey.

Offering face-to-face translation via an interpreter hired through Accurate Translation Company based out of Hickory Hills, Ill., the program lets the patient actually see his or her interpreter. The interpreters must be certified, a screening done by the translation service.

Dailey said the visual or audio portion can be turned off during a private conversation or during an exam.

There is also a “white board” where the interpreter can write doses of medication or instructions in both English and the other language so the medical staff and patient can make sure everyone understands them correctly.

A large percentage of Beloit Health System’s patients do not speak English as their first language and communicating to clinical staff regarding their symptoms and needs can be difficult. There also can be difficulties when medical staff tries to recommend treatment, according to Director of Nursing Supervisors and RN Terri Harmon.

In the past, Dailey and Harmon said there were two options for translation services — either AT&T voice-only translating system or a live interpreter. The phone service had the potential to result in miscommunication if something wasn’t heard correctly.

The challenge with live interpreters was their availability and cost.

Although a Spanish interpreter works full-time at the clinic, at other Beloit Health System locations an interpreter had to be called in for Spanish speakers or those using ASL.

For example, if an ASL interpreter from Rockford was called in and the patient didn’t show up, Beloit Health System still had to pay for the interpreter’s travel expenses.

Spanish translators had to be called in as well. And on many occasions, Spanish speaking patients would use their children who may not be familiar with medical terminology to interpret. Although there were many Spanish interpreters a few years ago, there became less of them available as they had to become medically certified.

Harmon said the 13 iPads with the translation service arrived about six weeks ago, with employees trained on them in late August.

They are mounted and locked on an IV pole so they can be wheeled in to patients’ rooms.

The devices are at Beloit Clinic and NorthPointe as well as the main hospital in the emergency department, dialysis, surgical services, education and two in the nursing office for inpatient use. The iPads are to be shared by staff as needed.

So far they’ve been used mostly for Spanish and ASL with some use for Vietnamese patients. Patients and staff have said it’s simple and user friendly. In the future, Harmon said Beloit Health System will assess the need for additional equipment.

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5 Ways To Improve Your Listening Skills

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Listening skills are essential to leadership that's responsive, attentive, and empathetic. Here's how to sharpen yours.

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, September 24, 2014 4:27 AM

We tend to pay a great deal of attention to our ability to speak. From Toastmasters to an unlimited amount of courses, workshops, and training available we see that speaking, especially public speaking, is a highly desirable, sought-after skill.



“THE MOST BASIC OF ALL HUMAN NEEDS IS THE NEED TO UNDERSTAND AND BE UNDERSTOOD. THE BEST WAY TO UNDERSTAND PEOPLE IS TO LISTEN TO THEM.”
RALPH G. NICHOLS



Public speaking is considered to be an essential ability for those who desire to advance their career in business and politics. But considering all the noise concerning the importance of speaking, listening is virtually ignored.

It can be argued that listening is every bit as important as speaking. Everyone desires to be heard and understood, and we reward people who provide us with those opportunities with our trust and loyalty.

Here are five ways to increase our listening abilities:

1. BE FULLY IN THE MOMENT

Have you ever been speaking to someone and found that they are distracted by something and not really listening to you? You probably thought this was annoying, frustrating, and disrespectful. At that point you may have even become angry or shut the conversation down.

When someone is speaking it is vitally important to be fully present and in the moment with them. If something else is on your mind, like a call you have to make, or a text you need to answer, let them know, do what you need to do, and when you are finished let them know you are ready to listen.

When listening pay attention not only to the words but the tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language. This will give you information that will be as important as the words themselves.

2. PUT YOURSELF IN THEIR SHOES

Whether you agree with the speaker or even have an interest in what they have to say, what they are saying is important to them. Imagine yourself in their situation, wanting only to have someone listen to them. When they are speaking, make an effort to think of where they are coming from and why. Imagine what their life is like and what struggles they might be facing. People will appreciate that you made the effort to understand and really hear them.

3. PICK UP KEY POINTS AND LET THE SPEAKER KNOW YOU DID

Many people have trouble focusing on what someone is saying especially if they speak for longer than a minute or so. It is easy for our attention to drift to something else that we might find more interesting. If that’s the case, try to pick up a few key points in the conversation. After they finish talking, let them know that you heard them by mentioning the key points you heard them say and ask them to clarify anything that you did not understand. You will be forgiven for not being able to follow the whole conversation if the person talking believes that you made an honest effort.

4. PRACTICE ACTIVE LISTENING

Most people are thinking of how they are going to reply when someone is talking. Instead of doing that, try to focus completely on what the person is saying. Pretend that you will be tested on how much of what they were saying you heard and understood. A good exercise to practice is to sit down with a family member or a good friend and practice simply giving feedback to them of what you heard them say. You will notice that it gets much easier to focus on their words when you aren’t worrying about how you will respond.

5. DEVELOP CURIOSITY, AN OPEN MIND, AND A DESIRE FOR CONTINUOUS GROWTH

People who are naturally curious see conversations as learning opportunities. They are always looking to discover or learn something new and see everyone they talk to as having the potential to teach them something. They are open to the idea that their own way of seeing things may not be the only, or necessarily the best, way and don’t feel the need to always defend their own point of view or way of seeing the world.

These people are continuously looking for new learning opportunities and taking on new challenges. You will recognize these people as the ones who are signing up for courses, volunteering, and trying new experiences throughout their lives. For them, listening to others becomes an easy and natural way to continue on their self-development journey.

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Declined kidney function in polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a severe disease because kidneys play a role of filtering toxins in our body organs.
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Tips and Tricks for Translating and Interpreting Colloquial Expressions in Regional Language

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How do you translate or interpret colloquial expressions in regional varieties of language?
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Healthy Living: 15 Best Foods For Kids With ADHD

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I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry to people with mental illness and their famili...
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BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Glasgow, Lanarkshire and West | Bike sex man placed on probation

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A man caught "simulating sex with his bicycle" in hostel room is sentenced at Ayr Sheriff Court.
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Professional Translation Services and Interpreting | Veritas Professional Telephone Interpreting Service | Pay as you go!

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Veritas offers an award winning telephone interpreting service 24/7, 365 days a year. Contact +44 (0)800 8600 674 / info@helloveritas.com (Wherever you are, we're there for you.
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Common Myths About Interpreters

In situations where two parties or individuals need to understand each other, an interpreter is going to be the most valuable asset.  We've touched on one of the biggest myths in the past: Bilingua...
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Pimbl - a new presentation tool

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Pimbl is a new presentation tool in beta that is open for sign up requests. No more information is available at present, you just need to try it.

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From Shakespeare to Public Service - News from Rutgers

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