Connect and learn from like-minded people within the NLSC community and find out about upcoming Regional Chapter events. Keep watching for specialized online language training courses to help you improve and sustain your language skills.



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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.

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Regional Chapter Events

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

NLSC Texas Chapter Event
Texas Regional Chapter
November 16, 2019
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NLSC Hawaii Chapter Event
Hawaii Regional Chapter
November 2, 2019
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NLSC New England Chapter Event
New England Regional Chapter
October 26, 2019
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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 an NLSC member, an international law enforcement agency in D.C. needed help to reduce their translation backlog. The NLSC provided a team of Spanish linguists to translate arrest warrants. Shortly after joining the team, I realized that my help was integral to enabling onsite mission areas and related law enforcement arms to do their jobs. I distinctly remember that one document that the NLSC team translated revealed information that initiated several events and led to the apprehension of an internationally sought-after criminal. This was a moment of pride for me and the rest of the NLSC team of translators. The NLSC was able to provide the assistance required to catch an international criminal before they fled the country.

This is the impact that the NLSC strives to achieve: to provide the necessary help to serve the country through their members. NLSC members are dedicated to giving our best to the country. When we are called on, we respond with our language skills, cultural knowledge, and professional expertise to help U.S. government agencies fulfill their missions. It is a profound honor to be a member of the NLSC.


your skills and expand your talents

Resources to reinforce your language skills
Resources to strengthen your cultural competence
So, you are an American? A Guide to Answering Difficult Questions Abroad (DoS-FSI)

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)

CDC’s TravWell app helps you plan for safe and healthy international travel, including destination-specific advice on vaccine recommendations, a packing list, and medical issues that you may face when traveling
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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