MAPA Translations launches a new language instruction division starting with community ESL classes via Studio 3 English!

Studio 3 English is a boutique English language learning center near downtown Framingham, MA.

We teach English as a Second Language (ESL) for immigrants and visitors in our community. We provide this opportunity for adult English learners in the  MetroWest Boston area because we are committed to helping them gain success in their personal and professional lives.

Why should you study at Studio 3 English?

  • Small class sizes
  • Flexible dates for customized instruction (individual or short term classes)
  • Convenient location
  • Excellent teachers
  • Low cost

Our motto is: “Improve Your English, Improve Your Life”

We expect to add additional language instruction in Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish in the near future and will offer it privately at our Tripp Street office but also…

Job market trends speak well for translators


PHILADELPHIA — When Dawn Taylor, 37, a doctoral candidate at Pennsylvania State University, started her part-time translation business in February 2013, she earned $15,000 that year.

This year, because business is good, she expects to make $45,000 — for part-time work.

Taylor’s job helps prove what the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted in 2012 — jobs for translators will grow by 2022.

“These professions support commerce and diplomacy in an increasingly globalized world,” said Donald DePalma, the founder of Common Sense Advisory, a Cambridge, Mass., research group that charts business for translators.

“We are in a world economy where companies operate internationally,” he said. “This is an industry that operates behind the scenes. Most people don’t recognize its…

The man who speaks 32 languages – and counting

When Ioannis Ikonomou arrived in Brussels as an interpreter, the EU

had 12 official languages. He learnt them all – then kept going.

Originally Posted by Xan Rice on NewStatesman

One Sunday evening in January, in a high-rise apartment in the upmarket European Quarter of Brussels, Ioannis Ikonomou, who is Greek, was anxiously watching the television news. The left-wing Syriza party, which had pledged to end austerity, was poised to win the election, pushing Greece towards confrontation with its international creditors.

He was, however, more worried about the showing of the far-right Golden Dawn, which he detests. “I’m the opposite of Odys­seus,” said Ikonomou, who looks younger than his 50 years, with close-cropped…

Interpreting a New Life in America


Community interpreting is a vital service for immigrants who, for one reason or another, haven’t learned their host country’s language. In urban cultural districts, people can get by quite well—until they have to access services. When it comes to medical care, family members are often called upon to interpret, which can lead to errors that have a serious clinical impact. Members of the medical sector have long pointed out this problem, since ad-hoc interpreters don’t have the necessary training to relay precise medical information…

Life as a Freelance Translator

Thinking about becoming a translator?

Marek Nowak explains in a guest article about why he decided to become a translator and how it has influenced his life and how it might influence yours should this be a path you’re pursuing.

Attribution: Trevor Bexon,

Almost every day I come across someone who asks me “what is it like being a translator?” I assume they expect a short and straightforward answer such as ‘great!’ or ‘terrible!’, but the honest truth is that the answer isn’t, and cannot be, that simple. There are just too many variables which need to be taken into…

The Evolution of Language: When & Why Did We Start Using It?

For hundreds of years, we humans have been selfish in our claim that we are the only species which uses languages. And while it is true that apes and other animals possess the ability to communicate with one another, there is no doubt that no other species on this planet uses language quite the way we do. Language has been a huge aid to humanity in helping us to evolve and develop, and we definitely wouldn’t be where we are today if it were not for our ancestors’ ability to start using language. So when and why did our great, great, great (insert another hundred ‘greats’ here) cavemen grandfathers decide that language was a necessary part of the human story?

MIT claims to have found a “language universal” that ties all languages together

A language universal would bring evidence to Chomsky’s controversial theories.

Language takes an astonishing variety of forms across the world—to such a huge extent that a long-standing debate rages around the question of whether all languages have even a single property in common. Well, there’s a new candidate for the elusive title of “language universal” according to a paper in this week’s issue of PNAS. All languages, the authors say, self-organise in such a way that related concepts stay as close together as possible within a sentence, making it easier to piece together the overall meaning.

Language universals are a big deal because they shed light on heavy questions about human cognition. The most famous proponent of the…