Bridging The Gap- Fall 2015 Medical Interpreter Training Sessions

We in full swing with our fall session  of Bridging the Gap 2015… we have 24 participants with the following languages: Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, Nepali, French and Sign. This is the top training program for medical interpreters in the US with a presence in thirty-one states, the District of Columbia and Qatar. Affordable Language Services is […]

Bridging the Gap 2015 – Summer Session

Affordable Language Services Just completed our Summer sessions of Bridging the Gap 2015…Congratulations to all the attendees- thank you for your hard work! This is the top training program for medical interpreters in the US with a presence in thirty-one states, the District of Columbia and Qatar. Affordable Language Services is the only company in […]

Another Successful Bridging the Gap Training

On March 17th, 2014, twenty-four medical interpreters graduated from the Bridging the Gap Program. There were seven languages represented in the training: Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Turkish, Nepali, French, and Japanese. Bridging the Gap is a well-recognized medical interpreter education program with a presence in 31 states, the District of Columbia and Qatar. Why is it […]

Leading the Nation to Better Health: Interpreting Jobs on the Rise

The interpreting profession for spoken languages has come a long way since it began using volunteers to national certified interpreters of today.  The demand all over the United States for all languages has skyrocketed in the past 10 to 12 years. In the past, interpreter services were provided by volunteers, children and other community members […]

The Importance of Continuing Education for Interpreters

The medical field is constantly changing and evolving.  As such, so is the knowledge required of an interpreter. Breakthroughs in healthcare are discovered and introduced into mainstream care regularly.  These changes are not limited to terminology and treatments, but extend to an evolving code of ethics that reflects cultural and societal evolutions.  To stay in […]

Interpreter of the Month: Serry Hassan

Congratulations to Serry Hassan! Affordable Language Services is making him Interpreter of the Month for April due to his consistent hard work as a Qualified Arabic Medical and Legal Interpreter over the last several years. On many occasions Serry has been called out on jobs in the middle of the night and on weekends to interpret […]

Guest Post: Michael Felger

Michael Felger is one of Affordable Language Services’ medical interpreters. He shares with us one example of a time when his expertise came in especially helpful. I recently had the opportunity to provide interpretation services for St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Florence, Kentucky. The nursing and medical staffs had been using telephonic interpreting services, but […]

Guest Post: Indira

Interpreting Case Study: In my experience as an interpreter, I have been a bearer of good news, bad news and I’ve played the role of a cultural broker one too many times. Although I have interpreted for patients with various medical needs in Spanish, my Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian appointments tend to steer me towards […]

Young Girl May Have Been Forced to Interpret

A DesMoines area woman says she was having trouble understanding doctors’ instructions because she’s deaf. Her daughter Addison was at the hospital after being referred to have her tonsils and adenoids removed, and the staff was instructing the mother what to do to prepare the girl for surgery. When the mother asked the hospital staff for […]

Guest Post: Thomas Johnston’s Story

Why Get Certified – Thomas Johnston’s Story Hello, my name is Thomas Johnston. I am a Certified Healthcare Interpreter™ and the Interpreting Operations Manager at Affordable Language Services. I am very passionate about what I do, and it has been quite an interesting ride for me. Allow me to tell you how I got here. […]