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A Foreign Language Service Professional Interpreters & Document Translators

We have your language!

Since our founding in 1993, A Foreign Language Service (AFLS) has broken the communications barrier by providing professional interpreters and document translators in over 400 languages including American Sign Language (ASL) - and counting. Our contracted linguistic talent combined with dedicated customer service has made us the premier provider of interpreting, translation, and localization services to the local Metropolitan Phoenix, AZ area and statewide. As the "400 Language People",  we provide exceptional contract services in a variety of languages including those that are rare and emerging.  What sets us apart from similar type of companies is the sheer volume of languages coupled with our unique ability to always customize a communications solution unique to each client! Please use our "Language Search" tool to see if your language is listed or you can view our list of the most commonly requested languages. Whether you are an individual who needs help filling out a government form,  a large hospital requesting an interpreter for a medical exam, or a small business who needs to have marketing materials translated for a multicultural audience, AFLS is there for you.

Browse through our website or give us a call at (480) 813-4242 or 844-813-4242 to let us know how we can help you with your communication needs. Or you can simply contact us via email with any questions that you may have.

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Our Story

About Us and Our Story!

We would love to share with you a little about us and our story! A Foreign Language Service (AFLS) came into existence when the City of Chandler, Arizona Police Department asked one of the co-founders, Kajia Wen, to provide interpreting services in Mandarin. The department sought to conduct a criminal investigation of a computer component theft ring at Intel in 1994, and they needed the services of a language interpreter. Consequently, from this initial consulting opportunity, Kajia received more requests for translation and interpreting services.

Expanding Our Services

These requests grew steadily and for that reason a small business formed. Co-founder Bill Peters brought with him a love of different cultures and connections within the local community. As a result, he proved to be a natural at locating and qualifying interpreters from various backgrounds. So much so, that there was–and still is–no language specialist that Bill cannot find! This talent helped to lead to the expansion of the business. As a result, A Foreign language Service (AFLS) came to serve the behavioral health, medical, legal and general business fields.

Finding A Home

By May of 2000, the need for additional staff grew, and we hired a bookkeeper and our first office coordinator. In 2001, we leased an office in Gilbert, AZ, with a small staff of four people. Then, due to increased demand for our interpretation and translation services, we moved to our current location in sunny Mesa, AZ and expanded the AFLS Team to six people.

For over 20 years now, the AFLS Team has provided exceptional interpretation and translation services, along with ASL contract services to our clients around the Phoenix Valley, across Arizona, and nationwide. We pride ourselves on having a team dedicated to upholding our high standards of excellence in customer service and integrity. These values have allowed us to become a recognized leader in our industry. Please read some of the many testimonials that we have received about the AFLS Team and our interpreters and translators. We look forward to helping to meet your language needs!

AFLS Mission Statement

A Foreign Language Service is dedicated to providing professional interpretation and document translation contract services in over 400 languages to local communities and businesses. Our clients include government agencies, healthcare organizations, schools, and legal professionals. We partner with national organizations that include the American Translators Association (ATA), National Association of the Deaf (NAD), and National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare (NCIHC). To hire an interpreter or to request translation services, contact us today
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