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American Language Services goes High-Tech

This month American Language Services had the honor of working with two of the World Wide Web’s mega-brands: Twitter and Google.

You might think a company that’s famous for transmitting short, 140-character messages, or tweets, wouldn’t have a lot to say. But Twitter, the real-time information network giant, does — and it needs to say it in a variety of languages.

Twitter was founded in San Francisco, but it’s used by people in nearly every country in the world. The service is available in more than 20 languages, and more continue to be added. With all those languages, Twitter developers needed a company with the resources and drive to get a number of jobs done quickly and accurately. They called on us because we are well known for our massive database of qualified translators and interpreters and for our high quality of operational and customer service. American Language Service immediately went to work to provide Twitter with a level of service and professionalism that exceeded their already lofty expectations. In September alone we provided translators and interpreters for Korean, Japanese, Spanish and German. But Twitter isn’t the only Silicon Valley heavyweight that uses our service.

Google, the search engine that’s so ubiquitous that the phrase “google it” has entered the mainstream English lexicon, wants to be just as ubiquitous in other languages. Based in California, Google’s mission is to facilitate access to information for the entire world, and in every language. They’ve already got a good start. Today Google serves more than half of its results to people living outside the United States, and they already offer their search interface in more than 130 languages. In June we helped people “google it” in Arabic, Spanish, Indonesian, Korean and Japanese.

With so many operational languages, Google turned to us. Just like Twitter, they needed a company with the resources and know-how to handle large and diverse interpretation and translation projects and who could deliver on its promise of both operational and customer service excellence.

We are proud of our ever-growing customer base in the high tech industry and look forward to serving the needs of organizations in this exciting and truly global industry. More and more, Google, Twitter, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and others like them are choosing American Language Services because we speak their language.

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California Adds Four Languages to Court Certified Languages

The State of California recently added two more languages to its list of court-certified languages. The state’s courts officially added Khmer and Punjabi, two of the most commonly spoken dialects in Southeast Asia, to its list of certified languages.

For the previous thirty years, the state’s courts only granted certifications to interpreters for eleven languages (Arabic, Armenian, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.) The past years, however, have seen some significant changes to their list. In 2011, the state added a certification for American Sign Language. In 2012, they also split Armenian into two different certifications for the Eastern and Western dialects. With the inclusion of Khmer and Punjabi this year, the court’s current list of certified languages has grown exponentially over the last three years totaling 15 court certified languages, after remaining virtually unchanged in the previous thirty.

California also has a designation for administrative hearing and medically certified interpreters

The list of languages includes these 8: Arabic, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean Portuguese, Spanish Tagalog and Vietnamese. These are interpreters that have passed the Administrative Hearing and Medical interpreter examination that is mandated by Government Code Section 11435-11435.65. This list of languages has not changed in well over a decade.

American Language Services, a leading legal specialist in California for the last three decades, is continuing to recruit and partner with court-certified interpreters in these two new languages. The company’s proprietary database has thousands of court certified, medical certified and administrative hearing interpreters ensures that they can fulfill any request in the state of California.