Different Languages, Different Alphabets

Here’s a sight you might be familiar with: alphabet magnets!   English Alphabet, Courtesy: james.swenson13   However, did you know that the word “alphabet” is derived from Greek? It comes from the first two letters in their language “alpha” and “beta.”   Ancient Greek alphabet, Courtesy: GeoNando   The first two letters may look familiar […]


Types of Professional Interpreters and What They Do

The need for professional interpreters is growing exponentially in today’s global marketplace. Whether you are a business owner who needs to speak with international investors, a clinician in an emergency room or urgent care setting, or an attorney who needs to communicate with witnesses who are not native English speakers, professional interpreters are an essential […]


4 Key Skills of a Sign Language Interpreter

One might think that all it takes to be a sign language interpreter is the ability to sign. But what most people don’t realize is that American Sign Language (ASL) is a language all its own – not just a visual interpretation of English. Its grammar structure is different, and there are elements other than the […]


Benefits of Video Remote Interpreting

As a medical health care provider in the Cincinnati area, you are likely aware of the city’s linguistically diverse populations, but also of its geographic limitations. And when it comes to providing health care to patients with LEP (Limited English Proficiency), you may find yourself short-staffed when you need to have experienced, professional interpreters on hand to […]


Safe Medical Interpreting in Hospitals

Anti-Discrimination Laws: Inadequate interpreting during medical examinations or medical interviews is a major cause of misdiagnosis among non-English-speaking patients. The use of untrained, non-professional or unethical interpreters can significantly undermine equal treatment. It is the responsibility of medical facilities and the professional interpreter community to assure equal language access, especially in a medical setting. In 2016, the […]


Quick, Accurate Medical Translations

In the rapid-paced world of medicine, the ability to translate a document, chart, or drug information sheet is critical. Too often, hospitals lack the quality translation services that they need to better serve their non-English-speaking patients. Affordable Language Services is quick and professional when it comes to turning around a translation. Let’s take a look […]


Manufacturing Translation for HR

At Affordable Language Services we understand the importance and value of a diverse workforce. To get the most out of any workforce, though, from on-boarding to managing, and all the behind the scenes work that goes into keeping your employees productive and happy in their jobs, the Human Resources Department of any company must effectively […]


Translation for Manufacturing

Translating business documentation is more than converting one language into another…


Federal Agencies Caution Against Reliance on Web-Based Automated Translators

Effective communication is essential to our business, personal, and social relationships. Nuance, tone, feeling, cultural tendencies, and so much more is conveyed through our many communication styles. The written word can evoke joy, pain, and every emotion in between if properly expressed, as is evidenced by great works authored and subsequently translated into languages not […]


Google Translate Still Too Risky for Health Care

There has been some recent debate (perhaps controversy!) about the alleged dubious quality of the Spanish version of the Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) website, healthcare.gov (see CNN and Washington Post). Some are arguing that in creating the Spanish version of the site, authors must have employed a service such as Google Translate to have ended up […]