Connect and learn from like-minded people within the NLSC community, and find out about those language-oriented and cultural events scheduled for your Regional Chapter. Keep watching for specialized language trainings to help you improve and sustain your language skills.



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with a community dedicated to a love of language

You’re the bridge

You are part of a community with a unique set of skills, and there are many ways to stay involved and contribute. Whether you are a professional interpreter, translator, or cultural ambassador, we invite you to share your knowledge and expertise with fellow NLSC members through social media posts, or by participating as a guest speaker at local chapter events.

Regional Chapter Events

Future events will be added as details are finalized. Please check here regularly to learn about upcoming opportunities in your area.

Chicago Chapter Event: Interpreter Basics - Strategies for Effective Partner
Chicago Regional Chapter
December 15, 2018
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NLSC New York Chapter Event : Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Training
New York Regional Chapter
December 1, 2018
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Hawaii Chapter Event: Interpreter Basics - Strategies for Effective Partner Communication
Hawaii Regional Chapter
November 17, 2018
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how using languages changes your world


What’s your story

Every NLSC Member has a story to tell about their passion for language. Here’s where you’ll see those stories from our members in the months to come. We hope you find them inspiring!

Monica V.
DC Chapter

Shortly after I became a member of the NLSC, an NLSC partner in the law enforcement field in D.C. needed help in reducing their translation backlog. The NLSC provided a team of Spanish translators to help them work through and close the growing backlog. Shortly after joining the team, I realized that my help was integral in providing timely translations of past arrest warrants so the onsite mission areas and related law enforcement arms could do their job. I distinctly remember one document in particular, the translation of which initiated several rapidly evolving events unbeknownst to us. That translation led to the apprehension of an internationally sought-after criminal thanks to the newly available information, which was recently translated to English. This was a moment of pride for me and the rest of the NLSC team of translators. The NLSC was able to provide the necessary assistance to catch an international criminal before fleeing the country.

This is the impactful action that the NLSC strives for. To provide the necessary help to serve the country through their members. It is an honor to be part of the National Language Service Corps and we give our best to the country. When we are called, we respond with our language skills, cultural knowledge and professional expertise to help U.S. government agencies fulfill their mission with the translated or interpreted artifacts. It is a profound honor to be a member of the NLSC.


your skills and expand your talents

Resources to reinforce your language skills.
Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center Resources
Defense-focused elementary and advanced language study topics and testing information
Foreign Service Institute Language resource Archives
Text and audio language study resources used by the State Department
BBC Learning

Free online language resources developed by the BBC
Resources to strengthen your cultural competence.
A Guide to Answering Difficult Questions Abroad

Resources from the State Department about cross-cultural communication and answering sensitive questions about American life and culture when abroad
AFCLC Culture Field Guide (US Air Force)

A cultural guides that are designed to help US forces achieve mission success in culturally complex environments.
CultureReady (DLNSEO)

Collection of multi-faceted culture and language study resources including cross-cultural training courses in multiple languages
Resources for your regional knowledge.
Yellow Book (CDC)

This codifies the U.S. government’s most current travel health guidelines, including pretravel vaccine recommendations, destination-specific health advice, and easy-to-reference maps, tables, and charts.
TravWell (CDC)

This app helps you plan for safe and healthy international travel, including destination-specific advice, a packing list, and medical issues that you may encounter.
Traveler’s Checklist

Advice on safe travel from the State Department including travel warnings, documentation, and insurance
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

STEP allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
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