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Access 2 Interpreters Attends Seminar at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

August 25, 2017 – Columbus, OH

Interpreters and staff from Access 2 Interpreters attended a seminar hosted by Nationwide Children’s Hospital on Thursday evening, August 24, 2017. Among the Access attendees were CEO Yana Schottenstein, COO Christopher Stein, and over 160 Access interpreters.

The topics of the seminar were HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and interpretation assignments at the Child Advocacy Center. The HIPAA segment focused on protecting Personal Health Information (PHI), maintaining HIPAA compliance, and preventing violations and breaches. The section dedicated to the Child Advocacy Center provided interpreters and staff with valuable information regarding child abuse assignments. NCH offered advice and guidance on how to handle the sensitive interpretation sessions at the Child Advocacy Center.

“I was excited and proud to see our large group come together as one team united by one goal: to learn more about laws and situations that govern our profession and improve as individuals and as a team,” remarked Schottenstein. “The presenters were excellent, and the positive feedback I received after the event is a testament to the fact that the interpreters left the seminar empowered by additional knowledge.”

“I found the seminar very useful. It was important to have the information about assignments at the Child Advocacy Center reinforced for our interpreters. It is vital information,” added Access interpreter and trainer, Dr. Ali Al Safi.

“I want to thank the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Interpreter Services Department for their collaborative effort in working with our Access team and helping our interpreters continue growing as professionals,” Schottenstein concluded.

Endangered Languages

Endangered Languages

Endangered Languages

Endangered Languages

Language is one of the most important components of culture: members of a group need to be
able to understand each other, and the shared language is often a unifier of that group’s members.
Unfortunately, the irony of the globally connected world we live in, in which culture can now be
shared across the world in seconds, is a rapid extinction of the languages of many cultures. It is
estimated that a language goes extinct every two weeks, which nearly wipes out those cultures.
Here are some examples of endangered languages from across the globe.

Why languages go extinct

Several factors can cause a language to become endangered or extinct. Speakers might not be
passing the language down to the youth of that culture. Another source is speakers of the
language no longer viewing it as important to their sense of self, meaning they are less likely to
use it in everyday situations. Luckily, many cultures are making efforts to preserve their native

Sauk Fox-American Midwest

Sauk Fox is an Algonquian dialect that is currently down to less than 200 speakers. The decline
of this language goes back to colonial America, in which American settlement forced them
further west. There are remnants of the Sauk and Fox in the American Midwest and Oklahoma.
Unfortunately, all fluent speakers of Sauk Fox are above the age of 70, placing the language at a
high risk of becoming extinct.

To combat the potential loss of Sauk Fox forever, an apprenticeship program was created in
which the fluent speakers teach younger members of the tribe who teach other students.


Irish is a Celtic language and was the inspiration of other Celtic languages such as Scottish and
Welsh as it spread to what is now Britain. The Irish had a rich literary history, and tablets have
been found with the Irish language translated into Latin from the 600s AD. This discovery makes
Irish the oldest written language north of the Alps.

The decline of the Irish language began in the 1500s after being conquered by England. The
conquest created the need to use English in affairs of state. Additionally, the Great Potato
Famine in the 1800s caused many speakers to emigrate. Today, Irish is rebounding now that it is
recognized as an official language of the Republic of Ireland.


The Ainu are a Japanese minority from the northern island of Hokkaido. The Ainu language is
unrelated to Japanese, and its origins are still currently unknown. The language was stigmatized
by the Japanese, leading to the loss of many native speakers as well as an aging population. The
remaining fluent Ainu speakers are at least 80 years old. In the modern day, Ainu is taught in
several universities to preserve the language’s heritage.

Summer Holidays around the World:

Summer Holidays around the World:

Summer Holidays around the World


The Fourth of July is not far off, and many people are starting to prepare for their cookouts and fireworks displays. Independence Day is a great American summer tradition, and many other cultures have their own festivals during the summer months. Here are some holidays and festivals celebrated during summer throughout the world.

The Duanwu Festival
The Duanwu Festival is celebrated in China, especially in the southern provinces. The festival celebrates the life and contributions of the poet Qu Yuan, who drowned in a river. The festival begins on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, which is believed to be the data that Qu Yuan drowned.

The biggest part of the Duanwu Festival is the racing of the dragon boats, which are named due to their appearance being made to look like Chinese dragons. The boats are manned by teams of several people as they try to row faster than the other teams. The tradition may stem from the boats that tried to rescue Qu Yuan as he drowned.

Ivan Kupala Day
This Russian holiday combines the ancient traditions of the summer god of fertility, Kupala, and John the Baptist (known as Ivan in Russia). The festival is celebrated with light-hearted pranks and water fights during the day and bonfires at night. People often sing around the bonfires and jump over them so the flames can cleanse them, as well as win them good luck. Ivan Kupala day is celebrated near the end of June to welcome in the summer.

Puck Fair
This three-day festival begins each year on August 10 in Killorglin, Ireland. Each year, a wild male goat (or Puck) is captured and named King of the festival. The goat, or King, spends the festival in a cage high up so that he can observe the festivities. At the end of the three days, the goat is released back into the wild.

The origins of the Puck Fair may go back to the 1600s during an English invasion. The story goes that as the invaders were approaching Killorglin, they accidentally startled a herd of goats and one of them ran into town. The goat’s arrival alerted the townspeople that something was out of the ordinary, and allowed them to prepare.

Best Sellers from Other Countries That Have Been Translated to English

Best Sellers from Other Countries That Have Been Translated to English

Best Sellers from Other Countries That Have Been Translated to English


As Dr. Seuss so aptly once said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Reading can transport you to different times and into foreign lands. A good book can make you feel as though you’ve gained new friends, new experiences, and even a new perspective on life. Reading certainly makes you richer by showing you different ways of thinking and opening your mind to new characters and stories.

Though there are plenty of great English speaking (and writing) authors, many world-renowned books were originally written in other languages and then later translated to English. Here’s a list of some best-selling novels that were originally written in a foreign language. We bet you’ll be surprised by some of them!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson – Originally written in Swedish

Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there’s always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson’s novel, but there is at least one constant: you don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Originally written in Portuguese

This story is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way, he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within.

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes – Originally written in Spanish

Don Quixote has become so entranced by reading chivalric romances, that he determines to become a knight-errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, his exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways. While Quixote’s fancy often leads him astray – he tilts at windmills, imagining them to be giants – Sancho acquires cunning and a certain sagacity. Sane madman and wise fool, they roam the world together, and together they have haunted readers’ imaginations for nearly four hundred years.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – Originally written in French

The Little Prince tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behavior through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas – Originally written in French

The Three Musketeers tell the story of the early adventures of the young Gascon gentleman d’Artagnan and his three friends from the regiment of the King’s Musketeers: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón – Originally written in Spanish

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to locate the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Ann Frank – Originally written in German

In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were revealed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annexe” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world; they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary, Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period.

*All novel descriptions taken from

Best Ways to Meet a Native Speaker and Practice a Foreign Language:

Best Ways to Meet a Native Speaker and Practice a Foreign Language:

Best Ways to Meet a Native Speaker and Practice a Foreign Language:


When it comes to picking up a second language, practice makes perfect, and the best way to do this is with a native speaker. Talking with a native speaker can help practice conversing in that language, as well as allow you to hear proper pronunciations and accents. But it may not be easy to meet a native speaker to help you learn and practice. Here are the best ways to meet help you interact with a foreign speaker.


In your country

You don’t need to pack up and fly to a different country to learn the language. There are several resources that you can take advantage in order to meet people that speak the language you want to learn. A language exchange is probably the best way to do this at home. A language exchange is when two people meet up, often for an hour, where both participants want to learn the other’s language. So if you want to learn French, a language exchange would allow you meet with a French speaker living in your country who wants to learn your native language.

The time is typically split up so that half of it is spent on one language, and the second half is spent on the other language. Finding a partner can seem overwhelming, but luckily there are websites like and even Facebook to get in touch with native speakers. A language exchange is a great opportunity for both participants to learn and grow.


In the native country

Although it’s not a required step, travelling to the country whose language you want to learn can be a great way to immerse yourself in the culture and language of that country. However, there is one problem that you might run into. The English speakers out there that really want to learn a second or foreign language in another country may accidentally find themselves speaking English with people in that country. English has become a very prominent language across the globe, so people in the country you are in traveling in may want you to practice English with them.

This problem can be hard to get around, but there are solutions. First, be polite and possibly even state outright that you want to practice their language. A second easy way to get them speaking their native language is to complement their country. Finally, you may need to assert yourself by responding to comments made in English in that country’s native language to demonstrate a desire to practice.

6 Tips To Learning A New Language

6 Tips To Learning A New Language

When learning a new language, it is important to remember that it doesn’t exist on its own: every language has many aspects that can be used to understand it and the culture it comes from. But after you learn the basics, it can be hard to know where to go. This is especially true for people who are so used to only seeing the world through one cultural framework. With the help of Access 2 Interpreters, here are six methods that can help you embrace a different culture by learning a new language.

Embrace the Language’s Popular Culture

An easy way to understand a culture’s values and gain exposure to a new language is to immerse oneself in its pop culture. This is as simple as watching movies and television shows from the country whose language you are studying, listening to music from that country, and reading books or magazines in the new language. These are great and simple ways to gain exposure to a new language.

Listen To The Language Being Spoken

Besides just helping you gain exposure, watching movies and TV from that country also lets you hear native speakers of that language. Every language sounds different, and it is important to see how words and letters are pronounced in order to speak correctly in that language. This brings us to subtitles: it’s tempting when watching a movie or show in another language to read along with subtitles in your own. Instead of using subtitles in your native language, set them to the language you are trying to learn to help learn pronunciation.

Label Everything

As for learning vocabulary words, this as easy as posting sticky-notes around your house on everyday items with its translation into the new language. This is perfect for learning everyday words such as door, telephone, and computer.

Talk To Yourself

Don’t feel like you have to always have a partner to practice with. It might be strange at first, but talking out loud to yourself is a great way to practice and hear yourself speaking the new language. These self-dialogues can be anything from just narrating what you’re doing, or having an imaginary conversation with someone. Speaking practice is incredibly important in helping you learn to communicate effectively in that language when you do speak it to someone else, or even a native speaker.

Use Technology

There are many online resources from mobile applications to websites, which can help you develop language skills. But it can also be as simple as changing the settings on your phone and computer. As stated earlier, exposure is key to learning a new language, so setting your phone or computer to that language is great because these are items that many people extensively use every day.

Make Mistakes

Yes, you read that correctly, mistakes are an important and necessary part of learning any new skill. This is not different for a new language, so don’t fret if you can’t remember a vocabulary word or use an incorrect tense because it’s perfectly normal. Remember that you are learning this language for the first time, so you won’t be automatically fluent.

Halloween Around the World


Trick-or-treat is one of several American traditions that have been adopted for this holiday in addition to dressing up, going to costume parties, and watching scary movies. Halloween isn’t only an American holiday though, in fact many other cultures around the world have their own ways of celebrating the last day of October.


In Mexico, the last day of October is known as Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. According to tradition, this is the day when the souls of the deceased return to Earth and visit their previous homes. It is customary for families to set up altars to their relatives that have passed that feature pictures of the relative, and sweets. The families will often visit the grave sites as well in order to decorate and care for them.


In China, Halloween is referred to as the Teng Chieh Festival, meaning the Feast for the Hungry Ghosts. Much like Day of the Dead, this festival is said to be a time when the souls of the dead return to visit their families. The families will often leave offerings consisting of food and water set before a picture of the deceased. It is also traditional to place lamps on paper boats and set them afloat to make way for the souls to return to Heaven.

Czech Republic

In the Czech Republic, families also welcome back the souls of their relatives by setting chairs out at the table for them. However, some families may need a lot of them because it is tradition to set one chair for each relative, both there in person and in spirit. Like Day of the Dead, it is common to visit the graves of relatives during this time of year.


Ireland is often considered to be the birthplace of America’s rendition of Halloween. Irish children often go door to door to collect candy, often return to play light-hearted pranks on the houses: like ringing the doorbell and running away. The Irish also have parties to celebrate the holiday, along with bonfires. Fortune telling is a big part of Halloween in Ireland as well, and it is common to have one’s fortune told along with eating Barmbrack. Barmbrack is a traditional fruit cake baked with coins, buttons, or other fortune-telling objects.

CEO of A2I Interviewed by ABC 6

Yana Schottenstein, the CEO of Access 2 Interpreters, was recently interviewed by ABC 6!

The founder of the Columbus based translation and interpretation company talked about hiring new interpreters in Central Ohio and how her company is helping to remove the language barrier.

You can watch the video interview below!

“We are always looking for interpreters, for people who speak two or more languages,” Schottenstein said. “The top languages we’re looking for right now are Somali, Spanish Arabic  and Nepali. The Nepali community is growing so there is a demand for interpreters who speak this language.”

We’re very proud of our services because we help people get equal access to legal, medical and social services. We also help businesses to communicate with each other.”

If you speak multiple languages and live in Central Ohio, get in contact with Access 2 Interpreters today!

History of Phone Interpretation for the Deaf


It is not a mystery to anyone that communication technology is always evolving. However, it is important to remember the history of communication, so as not to take for granted the technology of today.

In the same way many people might remember phones with cords or dial-up internet, Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing individuals look back at the teletypewriter as the first technology that opened up the world of communication technology to their community.

The Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) was developed in 1964 by Robert Weitbrecht, a deaf physicist, and James C. Marsters, a dentist and private airplane pilot who became deaf as an infant due to scarlet fever.

Also known as a teletypewriter, the TDD is a device that translates sounds that come over the phone line into text. Someone who is deaf or hard-of-hearing would place the phone on the teletypewriter and the device would emit sound tones for what they typed and printed the conversation in text form.

Prior to the teletypewriter, there was no way for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing to communicate unless they were face-to-face with another person. The Deaf community was not able to call a friend to see if it was okay to stop by, or speak over the phone to loved ones who lived in another state.Instead they just had to hope their friends were there when they arrived, or communicate slowly by mail to those far away.

As technology evolved so did the options and widespread use of TDD devices. Many models moved from print options to digital displays. The teletypewriter models grew smaller and more affordable. A greater affordability helped teletypewriters grow mainstream within the Dead and Hard-of-Hearing community.

With the widespread growth of the internet during the 1990s, the Deaf community’s ability to communicate with other people also grew significantly. E-mail and instant messaging would forever change the landscape of communication technology for hearing and non-hearing individuals.

Today, teletypewriters are considered legacy devices due to the internet, but for some people who don’t have access to any kind of data connection, Teletypewriters are still the only method to communicate over long distances.

A2I Interpreter Workshop Press Release


Access 2 Interpreters
492 S High St #200
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 221-1414

Interpreter Workshop Embarks on Columbus with Prominent Speakers and Guests

For Immediate Release: July 26, 2016

For more information contact:
Company: The Media Captain
Phone: (614) 564-9313

Columbus, Ohio – Access 2 Interpreters, a leading translation and interpretation company in Central Ohio, is hosting an interpreter workshop in Columbus at the Embassy Suites, near the airport, on Wednesday, July 27th.

The unique event to Columbus will have around 200 interpreters in attendance, who will learn about the interpreter profession, interpreter roles and the Interpreter Code Of Ethics. The goal of the workshop is to continue educating local interpreters and bringing quality of service to a higher level.

Prominent speakers at the event include:

  • Robin Dziebel, MATI – Manager, Language Services, OhioHealth
  • Jennifer Reese, Psy.D. – Psychologist and Clinical Training Coordinator, NCH
  • Cami Winkelspecht, Ph.D. – Psychologist and Clinical Educator Behavioral Health, NCH
  • Yana Schottenstein, CEO, Access 2 Interpreters, LLC
  • Valerie Huang – Interpreter Services Program Manager, NCH

“This interpreter workshop is an extremely unique event for Columbus,” stated Yana Schottenstein, CEO of Access 2 Interpreters. “We have the most well respected leaders within the translation and interpretation industry sharing their wealth of knowledge on this subject manner. The evening will have a great social atmosphere.”

Arrival and sign-in for the evening’s festivities begins at 4:30 PM. The first presenter will take the stage at 5:00 PM. All interpreters in attendance will be treated to dinner, a prize raffle and open forum discussions on important industry related topics.

The night will conclude at 10 PM, after interpreters in attendance leave with a wealth of knowledge along with new connections within the industry.

The workshop will take place at the Embassy Suites, on Cassady Road in the New Albany Ballroom. The address is 2886 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219. For more information, please email

About Access 2 Interpreters, LLC:
Access 2 Interpreters, LLC is dedicated to providing professional interpretation and translation services throughout Ohio and across the U.S. A2I maintains a separate education department called Access Academy, which offers different training courses for interpreters and translators. Interpreters and translators are trained in HIPAA regulations, confidentiality, and the Interpreter Code of Ethics, as well as Medical, Legal, and Social Services terminology.