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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

Better Business Bureau
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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American Translators and Interpreters

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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.

The Best Interesting And Amazing Facts Of The Chinese Language

The Best Interesting and Amazing Facts Of The Chinese Language

The Chinese language, spoken by 900 million speakers around the world, is one of the world’s most influential languages. This is the language of the greatest Chinese philosopher and teacher, Confucius, whose teachings helped shaped Chinese culture over the last two thousand years. Chinese is also the language of the general par excellence Sun Tzu, whose teaching on military strategy have been applied for centuries on the battlefields. Not to mention, Sun Tzu continues to influence business board rooms across the world.

In addition, the engineers of the Great Wall of China and the sculptors of the terracotta army have called China home. Furthermore, the inventors of gunpowder and paper, as well as the creators of Kung Fu and their famous practitioners like Bruce Lee and Jet Li, have come from these shores. Great businessmen brought the Silk Road to life, and culinary experts created some of the world’s tastiest dishes. However, over the last 70 years since its Cultural Revolution, China has been known for its insistence on conformity. Despite this focus, the Mandarin language has been that of many brave souls who have spoken against corruption and in favor of the right of conscience.

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The Chinese language has helped to bring about some of the great wonders of both the ancient and modern worlds, including the Great Wall of China. Photo by zhaojiankang on Getty Images Pro.

Modern Chinese (Mandarin)

Mandarin or “Modern Chinese” serves as one of the U.N.’s official languages. This position comes as no surprise, as the Chinese language has 900 million speakers worldwide. This amazing number of speakers coupled with the second largest world economy has made the Chinese language a staple of geopolitics. In fact, over the past decade, China has become one of the most influential countries in the world. What many people may not realize, though, is that China is a country of 56 ethnicities and 297 living languages. China itself is a vast country roughly the size of the United States. As a result, the people who live in China speak many varied dialects and have done so for centuries.

Over the past decade, China has become one of the most influential countries in the world. What many people may not realize, though, is that China is a country of 56 ethnicities and 297 living languages.

However, the northern dialects surrounding Beijing served as the origin of the contemporary Chinese language. In the 20th century, the communist government simplified the characters that expressed this dialect. When they did so, the government made Modern Standard Chinese, also called, ‘putounghua’ the national language. This language has four tones that ascend and descend to indicate pronunciation, especially on words that have the same letters. Thousands of characters combined with the four tones. This is why Mandarin can be a challenge for non-native speakers to learn. But if you can master the language, you will find thousands of years of history, culture and experiences unlocked to you.

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As a country, China has over a billion people spread out across thousands of square miles and millennia of history, with 56 ethnicities and 297 living languages. Photo by goralikus on Getty Images.

Origins of the Script

Many people admire the beauty of the Chinese characters, but few know where they come from. A popular Chinese legend credits the beginnings of modern Mandarin script to a man named Cangjie who lived about 4,500 years ago. As the story goes, the emperor tasked him with creating a different system of preserving imperial records. This was due to the heretofore rope knot system, which was in dire need of an upgrade.

A popular Chinese legend credits the beginnings of modern Mandarin script to a man named Cangjie who lived about 4,500 years ago. As the story goes, the emperor tasked him with creating a different system of preserving imperial records.

After sitting for a while and thinking about his problem, Cangjie saw a beautiful phoenix flew across the sky. The majestic creature dropped something from its beak to the ground. When the object landed, it left an imprint in the ground that resembled a horse hoof. That experience inspired Cangjie to create a system of writing in which every character stood for something. The idea caught on and now there are more than 50,000 Mandarin characters. However, after several revisions aimed at simplification, now only about 2-3,000 characters are needed to read a newspaper.

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A popular Chinese legend credits the beginnings of modern Mandarin script to a man named Cangjie who lived about 4,500 years ago and was visited by a Phoenix. Photo by LXW-Creative on Getty Images.

Chinese History and People

Spanning several thousand years, China’s history and people cannot be summarized in only a few sentences. Recently, basketball players like Yao Ming, architects like I.M. Pei, and martial artists like Jackie Chan have been some of China’s most well-known citizens. Many people also know of Mao Zedong, or chairman Mao (1949-1976), who ushered in a communist regime. Mao’s reign of power helped China grow into an economic juggernaut while also killing an estimated 45 million of its own people.

However, notable figures in China have also stood for peace. For example, both the Dalai Lama and Liu Xiaobo have pursued peace tirelessly. The Dalai Lama was born a Chinese citizen but exiled in his teens when China invaded Tibet. He has worked tirelessly for over 50 years for an independent and free Tibet. As a result, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his efforts.

Notable figures in China have sought to bring about peace. Both the Dalai Lama and Liu Xiaobo have pursued peace tirelessly, and both received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts.

Similarly, Liu Xiaobo is Chinese citizen who has stood up against one party rule and communist abuses of power in China. Due to his efforts, he has been jailed several times over many years. He supported the student protest at Tiananmen Square and in 2010 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.”

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The Dalai Lama, born a Chinese citizen, has worked tirelessly for over 50 years for an independent and free Tibet. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his efforts. Photo by Hung_Chung_Chih on Getty Images Pro.

Enduring Influence of the Chinese Language

China, like its language and land, is large and often contradictory, but nevertheless enduring. As a country, it has over a billion people spread out across thousands of square miles and millennia of history. China has thoughtful religious leaders and philosophers, as well as warring despots and dictators. The country’s vast land encompasses incredible mountains, rivers, vast plains, fertile river deltas and arid deserts. China has risen as the world’s manufacturing hub, but it also imprisons Christians for their faith and has jailed over 2 million Muslims for their beliefs. Throughout its complicated past and uncertain future, the Chinese language and its distinctive script have survived. Mandarin, like the Chinese people and the country itself, is vast, complex and beautiful.

Throughout the centuries, the Chinese language and its distinctive script have survived. Mandarin, like the Chinese people and the country itself, is vast, complex and beautiful.

Support Linguistic Diversity With Language Interpreting And Translation

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 and emerging 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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