Saturday, 17 March 2018

Help your expat kid to learn foreign language

Several children may need to learn a new language when their parents relocate to a new country for professional or even personal reasons. While the transition itself may not be an easy process at all, your children can enjoy a new experience altogether in a new land and in the midst of new people. It is true that the merits of learning to speak a new foreign language is mostly for all such people who settle in a different nation where the language spoken is not the same as the language they speak in their motherland.

In case it is the same scenario for you, chances are that you could be quite concerned about your children. Can they understand what their teachers or batch mates are speaking? What will they do if they have to visit the washroom? How long can they sit in the classroom when they cannot even understand even a single word of what is being spoken or taught?

Of course, it could be an unpleasant experience for any child. Some of the common queries parents may have are as follows:

Which language should they speak at home?
How much time will it take for the children to pick up a foreign language?
Should they teach the relevant foreign language to the child before shifting overseas?

Requirement for effective communication

If your children feel a greater desire to communicate and converse with their friends and teachers, they will put a higher effort to pick up a foreign language. In other words, the urge of learning a foreign language often comes from within.

Corporate Training Is Now A Necessary Business Enabler

Today, big companies do not consider corporate training programs as simply a privilege but as an essential part of the HR process. They see it as a key component for the long-term investment of their business growth. Many HR managers today regard the training function as a necessary business enabler. However, these managers do not shirk from acknowledging the fact that they have to do plenty of other activities to encourage training opportunities for their manpower. Business leaders have started realizing that training is a necessary investment to build up capability of their employees so that business results can be achieves and their organization can sustain and grow.

According to many studies, one out of every three employees leave their job in the very first year from the date of their joining since they felt disengaged. Most HR managers do not realize that there there is a huge financial implication if employees quit at this phase. It can be actually thrice the salary of such an employee. Plus, the expenses borne by them for retaining the settled and senior employees through training is significantly lower as compared to their replacement cost. Innovative e-training modules and solutions combined with faculty led class-room training programs can lead to amazing outcomes with respect to overall enhancement, productivity and retention of employees.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

What is the most suitable time of the day to practice your knowledge of a new language?

You could be in the category of a morning person or a night owl. However, if you are one of those innumerable people who has enrolled in a good foreign language school to learn a new language, it can help if you are an insomniac, according to a study conducted by Duolingo. The study concluded that if a person makes a regular practice of practicing the foreign language he or she is learning prior to going to bed at night, there is a greater likelihood of remembering it well.

To explore the subject even further, many studies have claimed that sleep has a positive influence on learning. In 2016, a study was conducted that investigated the relationship between sleep and repeated practice have on information retention in the long-run. It was particularly effective for getting familiar with the vocabulary of a foreign language. The study was conducted on 40 participants who practiced vocabulary on foreign languages, 50 percent of them learned in the evening and reviewed the lesson the next day morning. The other 50 percent did the reverse. They learned the lesson in the morning and reviewed the lesson in the same evening. Seven days later and then 6 months later, the retention of these participants were assessed by the researchers. It was discovered by the researchers that the participants who slept between learning and reviewing the lessons enjoyed retention for a longer time period.

But practicing a foreign language before going to sleep at night is not the only way. You should make a daily habit of learning the new language and do it consistently.

Origins Of Equipment Used For Simultaneous Interpretation

The definition of simultaneous interpretation equipment is somewhat debatable and yet the first time the equipment was used as it is being known today is believed to be after the conclusion if the Second World War in 1945 at the trials of Nuremberg.

However, before it, it was way back in the 1920s when Edward Filene, a businessman in the United States of America was known to propose it. Filene is believed to have supported the League of Nations and shared his idea of the use of audio equipment to the League so that the interpreters could use the headsets to offer the audio form of their translations to the listeners. However, this idea of his could not be strictly termed as being a part of simultaneous interpretation. Rather, his proposal was more in the lines of first getting the speech translated and subsequently reading out the translation by the interpreter while the original speaker gave the speech on a stage. Before that the organization used consecutive interpretation. Many others like Filene found the interpretation methodology quite inefficient and slow.

There are two major functions offered by the interpretation equipment of today. Firstly, they help in distributing the audio of the speaker to the interpreters. Secondly, they distribute the interpretation of the interpreter to the listeners who require it rather than distributing to others who do not require it.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Remote Meeting Tips To Make both Non-Remote and Remote Employees Feel Included

There will be very few who will argue against the fact that it is a tough job to manage your remote employees. While you could have come across tips to manage your remote teams, are you aware how to manage your remote and non-remote employees as part of a single team? It could be an extremely challenging job to manage both these sets of employees, especially when it comes to remote meetings. Here are some of those tips:

Check-in verbally with your remote employees

The physically present participants feel more included when they are attending a meeting. Thus, these sets of people are more relaxed in expressing their opinions and ideas. On the other hand, when some participants attend the same meeting virtually, their physical absence can make it tougher to become active participants in the discussion. In order to counter that, a good manager should develop a habit to verbally check in with their remote participants all through the meeting. It will make the remote participants feel more included.

Make sure that all meeting materials have been distributed to the members in advance

Make sure that you have distributed any visuals that will be used in the meeting and the meeting agenda is available to all the participants beforehand. It will help your remote team members to know what to expect if they join via teleconferencing even when they cannot see physically what you are referring to.

Check Out These Top Drivers for Worldwide Corporate Training Market

According to a recent forecast done by the market research analysts of Technavio, the worldwide market for corporate training is expected to have a Compound Annual Growth Rate of approximately 10 percent. The analysis of the firm also highlights the top drivers in the training market that contribute to the surge of the global market of corporate training. These drivers are as follows.

Emergence of e-learning corporate training modules that is highly cost-effective The budget of any established organization takes into account expenses on corporate training. In fact, many business' productivities depend on the way its new recruits are trained and how well its existing workers have been upgrading their job-related skills. As such, more companies today are embracing cost-effective and innovative ways to impart training to their employees.

There are several expenses that are associated with classroom or traditional corporate training. Some of them include facility charges, trainer and employee time, travelling expenses that could be quite high. Additionally, there are high expenses involved in printing course materials as well as assessment papers that are not incurred if they are made available online for the employees. Employees are just required to be given the necessary access to this digital content and Internet. The transition to e-learning corporate modules from traditional training can save long working hours of employees.

Why Should Expats Learn a Foreign Language?

Imagine that you are in a different country and are not familiar with the local language. You are having a very tough time every day when you go out for shopping your daily necessities or communicating with the local people or even co-workers at your workplace. You may be also saving a lot of difficulties while trying to communicate with your child's teacher as she does not understand what you want to tell her. These are only some of the occasions when you feel furious, lonely, upset and completely frustrated. There are many people who feel that if they can speak English well, they will not have to face some of the above-mentioned issues. Hence, there is no need for them to learn the foreign language to settle at your destination nation. 

The notion is true up to some extent as English is understood and spoken even in many nations that are non-English speaking. At least, the educated citizens of these countries know how to converse in English. Yet, in your regular routine, you may come across different types of individuals ranging from cab drivers, colleagues, salespersons and so on. It is highly likely that some of them do not understand English. Even if they do, they may prefer to communicate in their own mother tongue. When you speak in the other person's language, you can win their respect. They will feel absolutely flattered that you have made an effort to communicate in their language.

Hospitals Depending On Telephone Interpretation Services to Communicate With Patients Speaking Different Languages

A healthcare facility called River's Edge Hospital and Clinic in Minnesota is using a special video interpretation service that can connect an interpreter with a patient through a video conference to offer necessary interpretation services.

If the patient feels that there is an inadequacy in the interpretation services provided to them, they may complain about the hospital to the state Department of Human Rights.

It is a special video conference service that offers a convenient and affordable means to get in touch with an interpreter whose services could be needed only on certain occasions. Stephanie Holden, the CMO of the hospital said that the service was started at the hospital about a year ago.

She shared that her hospital has just migrated from phone to video. It has been a good change for them to have this special video service available. Both the patient and the healthcare providers can see the interpreter simultaneously. Holden feels that there is a greater value when the faces of the interpreters can be seen rather than just hearing their voices. She also added that the step taken by the hospital has fetched them positive reviews on the satisfaction surveys conducted on their patients.

On an average, the hospital uses this service about 5 to 10 times every month. Mostly, the patients in the emergency and urgent care department use this interpretation service. The hospital only uses those interpreters who are certified in healthcare interpretation services.