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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 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
Better Business Bureau

American Translators and Interpreters

National Association for the Deaf
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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.

What You Need To Know About Living Languages In The World

What You Need To Know About Living Languages In The World

What you need to know about languages in the world is that they are like living rocks. In fact, languages around the world are always in motion. They rise, fall, and reinvent themselves in spectacular fashion. All languages are at various stages of their cycle of life. Some extraordinary ones even subvert the system and refuse to die. They reinvent themselves. And some, like ancient rocks, refuse to change even over time. This month’s cadre of language links shows how languages in the world have a life of their own.

An Emerging Language Draws On Other Tongues

In the far northern reaches of Australia, a rare and awesome sighting is occurring along the ring of fire. A new language is emerging in real time. The youth of an aboriginal tribe are infusing their native language of Walpiri with English and Kriol, and creating a new syntax that exists in neither language. Over the past 40 years, Dr. Carmel O’Shannessy has been a first-hand witness and historian to a new language island forming in a sea of English. This new language called “Light Walpiri” will mature and fend for itself as its young speakers do likewise. Emerging languages in the world, like Light Walpiri, helps to show us how languages form over time.

Languages in flux include a new language by young aborigines.
Young aborigines in Australia are developing a new language called “Light Walpiri” that draws on Walpiri, English, and Kriol and has its own unique syntax. Photo by Holger Link on Unsplash

Languages In The World On The Brink

While Light Walpiri rises, the Skolt Sami language is falling. The Sami are the only officially recognized indigenous people left in the European Union, and many of their languages, like Skolt Sami, are disappearing. However, a champion of the language seeks to resist its eradication from the tongues of around 400 speakers. Sara Wesslin, a journalist, has successfully lobbied the Finish government for funds to teach Sami. Meanwhile, she herself remains a bulwark of Skolt Sami language dissemination. She is one of only two people in the world that broadcast in the language.

Languages in the world include the troubled Skolt Sami in Europe.
Journalist Sara Wesslin broadcasts in the endangered Skot Sami language and has successfully lobbied the Finish government for funds to teach this dying European language. Photo by Paul Theodor Oja from Pexels

An Ancient Romance Language Resurfaces

Although you have probably heard of “Romance Languages,” you probably have not heard of Occitan. It is an ancient romance language, also referred to as Langue d’Oc, that was nearly eradicated by a French government edict forbidding its use nearly a century ago. However, this language buried its roots deep in the culture of the southern French countryside and refused to move. This resilient language experienced a healthy resurgence with about 3 million speakers, proving that some languages cannot be easily moved. In fact, several previously endangered languages in the world have experienced a renaissance thanks to dedicated speakers.

House in southern France illustrates resurgence of languages in the world.
An ancient romance language in southern France experienced a healthy resurgence after being endangered for many years. Photo by Christian Heitz from Pexels

A Hawaiian Renaissance Among Languages In The World

In the remotest part of the Pacific Ocean on the Hawaiian Islands, an English-only law in 1893 forced an already disease-decimated population of Hawaiians to nearly abandon their native tongue. Christian missionaries had sought to support and to spread literacy from an alphabet created by a native Hawaiian. But even with this alphabet, the language barely survived. However, an unexpected renaissance occurred around the turn of the 21st century, largely through the efforts of local artists seeking to reclaim their traditional Hawaiian music and dance. Now, from fewer than 2,000 speakers in the 60’s, the Hawaiian language has more than 18,000 speakers and a renewed sense of importance. Among the languages in the world, Hawaiian offers an encouraging picture of what a dedicated few can do to protect and preserve a mother tongue.

Hawaiian offers a portrait of revitalization among languages in the world.
Among languages in the world, Hawaiian underwent a striking transformation from being endangered with fewer than 2,000 speakers to being revitalized with 18,000-plus speakers. Photo by Troy Squillaci from Pexels

Support for Linguistic Diversity Through Interpreting and Translation

AFLS understands the power and importance of language. As a result, we seek to support the unique linguistic diversity of the world by providing bilingual language interpreting and translation in over 400 different languages, from Afaan Oromoo and Afar to Zulu and Zuni. Do we have your language? Take a look at our language list to find out! And contact us today for a free quote!

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