The Language Exchange
The Language Exchange
PO BOX 750
716 E. Fairhaven Ave.
Burlington, Washington 98233

Interpreter Classes & Workshops

jaye stover interpreting class skagit whatcom snohomishAre you bilingual and thinking about becoming a professional interpreter? Or are you a professional interpreter looking for an opportunity to converse with peers and have some fun?  Professional interpreters are increasingly in demand in courts, hospitals, medical offices, schools and service agencies, as well as in legal and administrative offices. The Language Exchange hosts interactive workshops year round for the general public.


If you are a multilingual individual who can demonstrate fluency in English as well as your native language, you have the foundation necessary to develop the advanced skills used by professional interpreters.  The Language Exchange can refer you to professional training at Bridging the Gap (in Seattle), Bellevue and Everett Community Colleges, Washington Academy of Languages, Monterrey Institute in California or University of Arizona, among a few of many venues for formal training. You can also find classes listed in newsletters from NOTIS (Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society) and WITS (Washington Interpreter and Translators Society).

The Language Exchange Workshop Topics:

  • Washington State Testing
  • Domestic Violence Vocabulary
  • Drug Terminology
  • Medical Interpreting Continuing Education
  • Court Interpreter Continuing Education


The workshop was absolutely helpful and the information was well given and clear.  I was impressed by all the things I did not know. The instructor’s skills were excellent!

Professional interpreters looking for local continuing education workshops or thinking about expanding their specialty areas should contact our Interpreter Resources Department.

For information on national certification programs, visit The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) and The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) websites.

Phone: (360)-755-9910

The Language Exchange hosts continuing education for the interpreter communities of Skagit County, Island County, Whatcom County and Snohomish County.

Current Class Schedule & Registration

Previously Offered Workshops

  • Medical Terminology for Court Interpreters
  • Speaking Out on Ethical Issues
  • DUI and Traffic Terminology
  • Legalese, Latin Phrases and Acronyms
  • Legal Survey Class
  • Recent Legal Arguments and Synonyms
  • Term Analysis
  • Ethics and Idioms
  • English Informal Speech and Slang
  • Mexican Spanish Informal Speech and Slang
  • Highlights of Civil and Criminal Law and Thics
  • Interpreter Ethics Across the U.S.
  • American Idiomatic Expressions
  • Ethics, Psychiatric Terminology and Mental Health Interpreting
  • Update of Social Service Terminology by an Expert
  • How Session Content Affects Interpreters
  • Specialized Court Vocabulary

If you have a special interest in any of the former interpreter classes, e-mail Resources –  and we will consider hosting the theme again. If you are a certified interpreter who would like to have a forum to teach a class for AOC accreditation, let us know!

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