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Welcome to A Foreign Language Service - AFLS!

As a trusted leading language service provider, AFLS provides document translation and language interpreting to clients around world. We offer services in 400 languages including high-demand ones such as Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, French, and American Sign Language (ASL). We also provide support in rare, endangered, and emerging languages like Basque, Irish Gaelic, Ojibwe, and Quechua.

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We Have Your Language!

Certified Interpreting and Translation Services in 400 Languages

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Why Work With Us?

Dedicated Team

As language professionals with over 25 years experience, we are dedicated to providing exceptional services

Our team provides fast, customized solutions based on the needs of your clients and customers

Custom Solutions
Professional Linguists

We partner with highly-qualified translators and interpreters located in communities around the world

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400 Languages

Certified translation and interpreting services in 400 languages, including American Sign Language

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Every Language Matters!

Ask us today about how our interpreting and translation agency expertise and services can help you and your customers and clients with your language needs! We provide free quotes for services in 400 languages across government and business sectors around the world.

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Our Partnerships

We partner with a variety of professional associations, government agencies, medical and legal organizations, and small and large businesses to provide the best possible language solutions for our clients.
National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare
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Professional Interpreters & Document Translators

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 greater Metropolitan Phoenix area, around Arizona, and across the United States.

We Have Your Language!

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.

How To Actually Learn Spanish In Spain

How To Actually Learn Spanish In Spain

Want to know one of the best ways to actually learn Spanish? Embrace the opportunity for immersion and take your learning on the road. No one ever said, “I hate Spain!” Sun and sand, festivals and friendly people and the siesta make it a perennial bucket list destination. The gastronomy in San Sebastian is at the apex of its popularity. And Costa del Sol in the south is more magnetic than the south pole. Not to mention, the art found all over Madrid and Barcelona could be a degree program in itself.

But what about those who actually go there to learn Spanish? Because so many English speakers travel here, you could easily find your niche of party buddies. But you could also walk away after months of study with little more than a hangover and a barely passable level of conversational Spanish. In Spain, you may get so caught up in the culture that you do not actually learn the language. However, if you actually want to return home with more than just a postcard and the ability to order in Spanish, keep reading.

Take Classes In Spanish

If you can study in Spain, do it. For as long as you can afford to, do it. Studying during your undergraduate days means having youthful vigor, time, and many scholarship opportunities. However, studying when you are older means more maturity, money, and a commitment to not wasting time. Opportunities abound at the Complutense University of Madrid as well as many other Cervantes Institute. These are well respected certified Spanish language instruction programs, and more programs can be found across the country if staying in the capital does not interest you.

Invest In Your Second Language

Nevertheless, taking classes in Spanish in Spain that you have paid for will help you because you have a vested interest in succeeding. When you have paid to go to Spain and arrive there for a six-week course to learn Spanish, chances are you will not give up easily the first time you cannot roll your ‘R’s’.

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Really want to learn Spanish? Invest in your new language and take classes in Spain, exploring the country while you are there. Photo of Park Guell, Barcelona, by Master Lu on Getty Images Pro.

Make Paper Your Pal

Once you have landed, walk off the jet lag by going to a ‘Papelería to buy a notebook with blue lined graph paper inside. A papelería is a stationary store in Spain, and this notebook will become your best language confidant. You will make friends who will help you to learn, but to learn Spanish, you also need a notebook.

Embrace The Help Of Friends

Every day, take time to write down new words and phrases that you hear people say and the context in which you hear them say them. At night, then, review these words and phrases and commit them to memory. On the next day, coolly drop one or two of these new words or phrases into conversation as if you have been using them for weeks. Tapas will drop, people will smile, and you will be invited to a party where Spaniards will want to show you off as their astute American friend. Your confidence will grow the more you use these shiny new words and phrases. Plus, you will have a blue lined paper record of how far you have come.

Tapas will drop, people will smile, and you will be invited to a party where Spaniards will want to show you off as their astute American friend. Your confidence will grow the more you use these shiny new words and phrases.

Live In The Language

Your first best option is to live with a family of Spaniards. If you cannot do that, share in the rent on a flat with Spanish roommates. When you are forced to live in the language daily, you will learn it faster. They will be as interested in you and your culture as you are in them and theirs. Because of this mutual interest, be ready for stimulating questions such as “Do you all really have carpet in your house?” and “In high school do people really want to be popular?” If you have to use Spanish in the most familiar areas of life, your brain decides that this foreign language is extremely important for daily functioning and thus it will prioritize figuring it out faster so that you can function.

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Developing friendships will help you to learn Spanish faster, as you will be using the language almost every day to talk with your new friends. Photo by Maridav on Canva.

Open The Doors To Romance

If the first two options are not available, but even when they are, also take time to make friends from Spain. When you like people, you want to talk to them in their language. And, if you are able to do so, a sweetheart is even better. Oddly enough, when you are interested in someone else romantically, the motivation factor for being able to communicate with them in their language grows exponentially. Who knows, that special person you have been looking for all your life may just be waiting for you to talk to them…in Spanish!

Live Out The Language

You have to get out of the classroom and do what many people are afraid to do–talk to strangers. Talk to everybody–the butcher, the baker, the…well, you get the idea. The more you talk to people, the more practice you gain in both speaking in this new language and in understanding it. The greater your exposure to the language, the more familiar you will become with the conversational rhythms of it. The local bread shop will go from being a maze of strangely labeled yeast products to a landscape of tasty treats run by Remmy, a feisty 86-year-old who is passionate about her “pan.” Spanish will suddenly transform from an unfamiliar cacophony of sounds to a familiar old recliner of words and phrases that you finally understand.

The more you talk to people, the more practice you gain in both speaking in this new language and in understanding it. The greater your exposure to the language, the more familiar you will become with the conversational rhythms of it.

Another word of advice–visit the Spanish bars. Often. Life in Spain happens in the bars. Spanish bars are where all the locals hang out and the colloquial language of the land can be learned. These bars are literally everywhere. If you want to actually learn Spanish in Spain, pick several to frequent.

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The more you talk, the more practice you will gain in your new language. So chat with everyone from the baker to the grocer and more. Photo by Paul Andrew Landergan on Getty Images.

A Final Word To The Fluent

In fact, I noticed that for some of my friends who were having a tough time speaking in Spanish that after having a beer or two they became much more fluent. Apparently, the fear of looking foolish can hold a person back from learning and growing. This is one of the factors that makes language learning easier for children, so be willing to make a mistake and to laugh at yourself. The locals know you are a foreigner trying to learn Spanish and expect you to make mistakes. So you might as well be who you are and confirm what you both already know–that you are a novice language learner.

This is one of the factors that makes language learning easier for children, so be willing to make a mistake and to laugh at yourself.

Make Room For Laughter

I discovered that the more I was able to make mistakes, the more I learned, and the more I laughed. One in particularly memorable time I confused the word for brush with the word for a part of the male anatomy. I’ll let you use your imagination, but my roommates laughed heartily when I asked them for my missing “brush.” None of them disowned me, all of them invited me out to parties, and one even invited me on his radio show in Spanish.

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Relaxing and enjoying the process of learning a second language, along with embracing laughter, can help you both improve and have fun too. Image by AS for SCA.

So, if you are committed to learning Spanish, or another language, cheers to you! May you make a lot of mistakes, have a lot of laughs, make a few friends, and come back more fluent in the art of language learning and living well. If you do not speak Spanish but you need some who loves the language and knows how to translate it, contact us. We would love to partner with you for all of your translation needs.

Language Services Support Healthy Families And Communities

As a trusted leading language service provider, A Foreign Language Service – AFLS provides OPI/ VRI interpreting and on-site interpreting, certified document translation, and localization services to clients around the world. We offer services in up to 400 languages, including high demand ones such as Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, and American Sign Language (ASL). Depending on your needs, we can also provide support in endangered languages like Basque, Irish Gaelic, and Quechua.

In this vital work, we collaborate with a network of 1500-strong passionate, licensed professional translators and interpreters based throughout the world. Our clients include global brands and government agencies, as well as the medical, legal, business, and education communities. At AFLS, we understand the power and importance of language. We know that every language matters. Your language matters. Contact us today for a free quote!

 

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