New York Interpreting and Translating – Legal and Conference Interpreters


Interpreting and Translating In New York

According to the most recent federal census, New Yorkers speaks 168 distinct languages and countless dialects. Nearly 30 percent of New Yorkers primarily speak a language other than English at home. This rate is more than 50 percent higher than the national average. Over two million New Yorkers are not fluent in English. With the largest business market in the world, interpreting and translating in New York is a service that is becoming more essential than ever before. Providing court interpreting services can be especially difficult outside New York’s metropolitan areas. Often, these less densely populated areas have fewer interpreting resources and thus encounter special challenges in meeting the needs of New Yorkers whose first language is not English. In these jurisdictions, the most common challenge is to provide services when the needed interpreters may be located some distance from the courthouse.

Interpreting Regulations in New York

Interpreting Regulations in New York New York has established minimum standards for interpreters working in legal and educational settings. The New York Court system currently provides court certified interpreters in the following languages Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Croatian, Dutch, French, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Urdu and Woloff. Outside of those two venues, interpreting services remain unregulated. Any person calling him/herself an interpreter may set up practice and charge for their services.

Medical Interpreting and Translation in New York

A few States, most notably New York, have passed comprehensive pharmacy language access laws to ensure that community pharmacies provide free translation and interpreting services to their customers with limited English proficiency(LEP). The law counts as a (LEP) customer any individual who is, “unable to speak, read or write English at a level that permits such individual to understand health-related and pharmaceutical information communicated in English”. Individuals who “evidently” don’t have this level of English proficiency are also covered by the law. The Law requires that all covered pharmacies provide written translation of certain materials in the seven languages that are the “primary languages” in New York City. The list of the 7 primary languages is to be determined annually by the City, but currently consists of Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Italian, Haitian Creole, and Bengali. The interpreter has to know the necessary pharmaceutical- and health-related terminology in both languages.

Medical Interpreting and Translation in New York

New York is the most important financial and business center in the world as well as a cultural crossroads for practically every culture. Being an important business and political destination the need for conference, business and governmental interpreting is perhaps more than any place in the world. Conference interpreting in New York covers a wide range of extremely varied and often complex topics requiring experienced interpreters who excel under pressure situations. Technical support including interpreting equipment can also be a vital factor in providing the proper language service and achieving a successful event especially in a metropolis like New York.

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For over a quarter of a Century, American Language Services (ALS) has been a premier provider of languages services in the state of New York. ALS provides top quality services for a significant number of Major Corporations, Law Firms and Governmental Agencies in the domestic US market and abroad. We work around the world in all languages for written translations, transcriptions and verbal interpreting. The experienced staff at American Language Services has the experience and cutting edge technology to enable us to find the best qualified local interpreter in every language and area of New York. American language Services can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 800-951-5020.

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