Top 50 Jobs in 2011: Interpretation & Translation

US News and World Report lists Interpretation and Translation as one of the Top 50 Jobs in 2011! Here’s why: Employment opportunities are increasing quickly. The exact figure the Labor Department projects is a whopping 22 percent growth by 2018. They attribute this to a growing population of non-English speakers in the US, and an […]


The Dangers of Poorly Translated Prescriptions

When computer software programs are used to translate prescriptions the outcome could be disastrous as highlighted in this Health Day news article. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_97391.html It’s just not possible for a software program to differentiate between the literal translation and the intended message, therefore it is vital to use a qualified translator for any written document that […]


English Slang

English isn’t just English. If you’ve ever spoken with someone who lives outside your geographical region or culture, you know slang pervades the English language, as it does in most others. Beyond that, try talking to a Brit. As an American it quickly becomes clear that although you’re speaking the same language, you’ve got no […]


What noise does a dog make?

It seems like a simple question, but stop and think about it for a second. There’s really no right or wrong answer. All languages recognize that animals make noise, and in most cultures small children start learning about animals through these noises. So, what noise does a dog make? How you answer that question is […]


Lost Words

The English language is losing words left and right. We cannot ictuate enough just how tristifical this is for all of us who love words! That’s not to say the size of the language as a whole is shrinking; people are always inventing new words (see our post from earlier this week about the 2010 […]


Benefits of Learning a New Language

There are so many good reasons to learn a new language! It helps improve your knowledge of basic grammar, other cultures, and can open the doors to traveling to new and exciting places with people you otherwise might never have met But many more benefits of learning a second, third, or fourth language often go […]


A Rising Need for Medical Interpreters

The LA Times is picking up on an idea that Affordable Language Services have been keen on for while now: medical interpreters can make a big difference in the care a patient receives! Image Courtesy: Mel Melcon, LA Times Understanding what your doctor is saying can be difficult enough in your native language… but imagine […]


Conversational Spanish Class Graduates

Affordable Language Services opened a language school this year for students age 6+. We’ve already graduated several students and we wanted to share a photo from ‘graduation day’ for two students who completed our Conversational Spanish course. These two completed our 20-hour Conversational Spanish Course. They now are ready to go to a Spanish-speaking country, […]


No Child Left Behind

Are you meeting Federal mandates? The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and Title III mandates that education facilities must “meet the educational needs of…limited English proficient children” and “promote parental and community participation in language instruction educational programs for the parents and communities of limited English proficient children.” Affordable Language Services offers On-site […]