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The world has come to Queens and Queens has become the world. We are one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse places in all of human history. Over 120 countries and 60 languages intermingle here. Yet our ability to communicate with our new neighbors, and they with us, is limited. How can commonalities be found? Our differences respected? Our lives enriched? Can we get along and prosper together? The A/AC Translation Program is a beginning. To assist the immigrant communities to better understand documents in English, we translate short documents with no charge, for non-profit organizations/agencies, from English into Chinese, Korean, and Spanish languages.

Translation Guidelines  

To request our free translation services, please fill out the following request form.
You can mail it,e-mail it, fax it, or deliver it to our office (contact information listed at the bottom of the page):

Translation Request Form
Should you choose to e-mail it, please first call us at 718-997-3050.

Click here for the translation brochure in Adobe .pdf format
  • A commitment to print and distribute the translated document is required.
  • Documents should be no longer than ten typed pages. (Lengthier material subject to approval.)
  • The Translation Profile and Request Application form must accompany every translation request.
  • The contents of the documents should be current and remain current for at least one year, or can be reusable with minor modifications.
  • Idiomatic phrases and terms with possible double meanings should be avoided in the document.
  • The following credit line is required to appear on all our translated documents:
    "Translated by Asian/American Center of Queens College with Funds Provided by the Queens Borough President's Office"
  • We request a copy of the final printed document to be sent to the translation program.

Frequently Asked Questions   

Q. Which languages do you translate?

A. We translate from English to Chinese, Korean, and Spanish.

Q. Will A/AC translate from Chinese, Korean, and Spanish into English?

A. No, only from English into one of those three languages.

Q. Who is eligible to use the service?

A. Any nonprofit organization in the five boroughs of New York City.

Q. Are schools eligible?

A. Yes.

Q. Can a private individual use the service—to translate a diploma, for example?

A. We're sorry, no, but see the listing below of agencies who may be able to help.

Q. What are the maximum number of pages you translate?

A. Four to ten pages per request. (Longer documents will be translated in exceptional cases, time and funding permitting.)

Q. How long does it take to get a document translated?

A. We require four weeks from the time the application is approved.

Q. How many documents can be sent for approval using the same application form?

A. Each new document requires its own application form. There is no limit on how many application forms you can file.

Other Translation Agencies in NYC   

Brooklyn Chinese-American Association
5002 8th Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11220
718-438-8303 FAX

Korean American Association of Greater New York
149 West 24th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10011
212-633-1627 FAX

Chinese Christian Herald Crusade
136 Henry Street
New York, New York 10002
212-732-2242 FAX

Korean YMCA
138-46 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, New York 11354
718-461-4691 FAX

Indochina Sino-American Senior Center, Inc.
170 Forsyth Street, 2nd Floor
New York, New York 10002
212-925-0327 FAX

Vietnamese American Cultural Organization, Inc.
113 Baxter Street
New York, New York 10013
212-343-0822 FAX

Japanese American Association of New York, Inc.
15 West 44th Street, 11th Floor
New York, New York 10036
212-840-6942 (also FAX)

Tolentine-Zeiser Saint Rita's Center
for Immigrant and Refugee Services
2342 Andrews Avenue
Bronx, New York 10468

Korean American Association of Flushing
136-80 41st Avenue, 2nd Floor
Flushing, New York 11355
718-463-6463 FAX

Asian/American Center
Room 315, Kissena Hall
Queens College
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, Queens
New York, 11367
Telephone: (718) 997-3050
Fax: (718) 997-3055
Madhulika Khandelwal
Associate Director:
Hong Wu
Nila Chatterjee
Daniel Inouye

Program Assistant:
Vivian Xu
Di Wu 

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