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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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Certified Interpreting and Translation Services in 400 Languages

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Why Work With Us?

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.

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.

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.  

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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 Surprising and Amazing Facts of the Russian Language

The Russian language is spoken by roughly 258 million people worldwide. Many speakers live throughout Eurasia. This region stretches from the Ukraine in the west to the Kamchatka peninsula in the east. Russian is an East Slavic language of the Indo-European language family. Originally, the language was spoken in ancient Kievan Rus roughly a thousand years ago. Today, the language serves as both the largest mother language spoken in Europe. It also serves as the most widely spoken Slavic language. Russian further maintains the position of a distant second most popular language on the Internet (as judged by website content) after English (60.8% vs. 8.3%). From Russian, we have gained words like Babushka, Bolshevik, Glasnost, Gulag, Intelligentsia, Mammoth, Sable, and Sputnik.

Russian as a Phonetic Language

To the American ear, the Russian language may sound harsh and tense. However, such views may be due more to Hollywood films than actual reality. For some people, their first encounter with Russian may be in the context of a popular movie. For example, in Rocky IV, Rocky Balboa fights Russian boxing champion Ivan Drago. This film, at least at first, portrays the language uninviting and inaccessible. By the end of the movie, however, language differences no longer matter. The same holds true today. Russian is a phonetic language, one where letters correspond to sounds. As such, Russian has unique beauty, diversity, and richness.

A monument to Alexander Pushkin stands in Tvar, Russia. Many consider this Russian poet to be the father of the modern Russian language. Photo by Devin_Pavel on Getty Images.

Every June 6th, the world celebrates Russian Language Day. In 2010, the United Nations established language days to annually promote the six recognized languages of the U.N. June 6th was chosen as Russian Language Day. This date honors the birthday of Alexander Pushkin. Many consider this Russian poet to be the father of the modern Russian language. Pushkin, moreover, was also a playwright and novelist. In addition, his lineage contained both Scandinavian and African roots. His great great-grandfather, Abram Gannibal, was born in Africa.

Creation of the Cyrillic Script

The Russian language predates its own alphabet, called Cyrillic script. At the behest of the emperor Michael III, two Byzantine monks created the Slavic alphabet in the 9th century. These monks, Cyril and Methodius, translated Christian texts into the new script. The language developed and grew more complex over the centuries. The language further expanded as a result of the growth of Russian empire under the Tsars. Today, roughly 250 million people use Cyrillic as their official alphabet. Russian language users accounts for half of this number.

A plume stands in a bowl at the Museum of Slavic Literature and Education in Tryavna, Bulgaria. One of the most powerful exports from Russia has been its literature. Photo by straannick on Getty Images.

Power of Russian Literature

One of the most powerful exports from Russia has been its literature. Russian novelists have contributed books like War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and The Gulag Archipelago. These novels and more have fascinated and enthralled readers around the world for decades. Russian novelists display a stunning depth of narration, story intricacy, and character description. Examples can be found in books by authors like Leo Tolstoy, Fydor Dostoevsky, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. These novelists capture the difficulties of Russian life in various eras. They also illustrate the challenges of the human condition as a whole.

Endurance of the Russian People

The state of Kievan Rus formed in the 9th century. The Vikings and Slavs founded it along trade routes. This state lasted about 400 years. The Mongols then invaded and stayed for 150 years. The Mongols did not display compassionate diplomacy, therefore Kievan Rus disintegrated. Subsequently, the Russian people threw off the Mongol yoke in the late 1400s. By then, Moscow had developed into the center of political power. Through wars, Tsars, peasant revolts, foreign invasion and imperial expansion, the Russian nation grew. Their borders were invaded by not only the Mongols, but the Poles, the French under Napoleon, and later the Nazis under Hitler.

Summer skies highlight the domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. The Russian people have risen above challenging circumstances to produce beautiful architecture and art. Photo by Mlenny on Getty Images Signature.

The Russian people endured repeated cycles of economic upheaval, repression, and war. The Bolshevik revolution ousted the Tsars in 1917. But the Russian people subsequently traded one form of repression for a more brutal one. Under communism, tens of millions of Russians lost their lives through starvation, overwork, torture, and imprisonment. Finally, in 1989, that torturous system of government fell when the Cold War ended. The Russian people rose above these challenging circumstances to produce great works of art, literature, architecture, and more. Perhaps none has been as enduring as the Russian novel. As a result, the Russian people have given the world a simultaneously unforgiving and beautiful depiction of the human condition.

Support Linguistic Diversity With Language Interpreting And Translation

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

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

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