The Language Exchange, Inc. began in 1986 as a one-woman operation. Jaye Stover earned a Bachelor of Science in linguistics from the Universidad Catolica in Quito, Ecuador and a Masters Degree in Linguistics at the University of Washington. Jaye also completed two years of Doctoral work at University of St. Andrews, Scotland and University of Texas, Austin before moving to Burlington, Washington. In Burlington local county offices asked for assistance with Spanish-speaking clients. As a result, Jaye became certified as a Court and Social Service Interpreter in 1992 with the inception of the Washington State Certification program. As demand grew for professional interpreting in all languages, Jaye began to teach interpreting techniques to bilingual people preparing for the state interpreter certification exams. The Language Exchange now works with over 400 interpreters for hundreds of languages.
Translation is a separate profession from interpreting with its own department including project managers and certification requirements. We provide translations for all industries including manufacturing and export, education, law, marketing, financial and personal documents, and manuals, warranties, contracts, workers manuals. Labeling and cut sheets for agricultural produce, maritime product lines, personal health care products, residential and industrial appliances and products.
We stress “smart work” through technology, designing custom software programs to select linguists for services requested. We are members the American Translators Association and Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society.
The Language Exchange is located half-way between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia; a richly linguistically and culturally diverse corridor with ties to China, Japan, southeastern Asia, Russia, eastern Europe and Latin America. With funding from a variety of private and public sector entities, The Language Exchange has grown to a regional center for meeting language needs. Our translation services have expanded nationally as clients discover our years of translation experience and unique Northwest expertise and our increasing efficiency and software development.
We provide translations & interpreting services to individuals, small businesses, towns, non-profits and government agencies from our location in northwest Washington. Translation Project Managers and Interpreter Schedulers work from our office to deliver projects and services of hundreds of translators and interpreters.
The mission of The Language Exchange is to continue to provide accurate and confidential language services, while maintaining high professional standards. With over three decades of experience and service to our community, we will remain conscientious of our customers’ needs, while operating with integrity, in a reliable and responsive manner. We will continue to work in partnership with a diverse community, striving to keep lines of communication clear.
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