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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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Simultaneous Interpretation and Neural Pathways

Simultaneous Interpretation and Neural Pathways

TED-Ed provides fascinating insight into the complexities surrounding simultaneous interpretation. This highly specialized form of interpretation often involves interpreters sitting in a sound booth and wearing headphones while providing accurate, fast, real-time interpretation to a live audience.

the complex craft of simultaneous interpretation

When stepping into a sound booth to provide simultaneous interpretation, an interpreter has not only been preparing for that particular assignment for hours or days, but the interpreter has also been gaining experience for years so as to provide fast and accurate real-time interpretation.


This TED-Ed video not only illustrates the complex process of simultaneous interpretation, but it also shows the incredibly hard work that is done by the interpreter. An interpreter devotes considerable time and effort to gain not only mastery of a language, but also to gain an understanding of a subject. Over time, this experience actually changes neural pathways in the interpreter’s brain, helping the individual to interpret with greater speed and accuracy.

As The 400 Language People!, AFLS works with professional, experienced interpreters who are skilled in simultaneous interpretation, from conferences and events to government entities. Contact us for a free quote today!

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