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Language Interpretation
Language Interpretation

  • Language interpretation, or interpreting, is the facilitating of oral or sign-language communication, either simultaneously or consecutively, between users of different languages.

  • Spokane has a large population of immigrants.  Seeking medical care is difficult for those who do not speak English, or cannot understand a doctor's instructions or how to take prescribed medicine.  Interpreters are often needed to assist with this breakdown in communication.  

  • In 2013, about 7.5% of the Spokane County population age 5+ did not speak English at home.  In addition, 8.9% in Washington State and 20.8% in the U.S. also did not speak English at home.  (Spokane Community Indicators, EWU) 
Local Organizations
Additional Resources

Daily Dose FREE English classes to anyone who wants help improving English speaking skills.  Classes are held throughout the Spokane Region, often in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  These classes are very basic - teaching words and phrases used in everyday situations such as:  going to the doctor, to the post office, to a restaurant, or shopping, meeting new people, etc.  To find a class in your area contact: 
Esther and William Harmeyer
(509) 828-2052
(509) 724-6644 
email:  mescallero@yahoo.com

Gonzaga University
GU Center for Global Engagement - English Language
Schoenberg Center
502 E. Boone
Spokane, WA  99258
email:  elc@gonzaga.edu
(509) 313-6454

Language Line Solutions
Personal Interpreter Program
http://www.languageline.com  - Click on the Personal Interpreter Services, or Need an Interpreter Now link to sign up. (Calls are billed for the minutes an interpreter is on the phone with you, charging your credit card which is registered on their website.)
Language Line Solutions interpreters listen to a limited English speaking customer, analyze their message and accurately convey its original meaning to you or your staff member.

Spokane College of English Language (SCEL)
718 W. Riverside, Suite 200
(across the street from the bus station)
Spokane, WA  
(509) 321-7367  

Spokane County Libraries
English as a second language courses for 50 non-English languages
12004 E. Main Avenue
Spokane Valley, WA  99206
(509) 893-8400

Spokane Community College
ESL (English as a Second Language)
2917 W. Ft Wright Drive
Spokane, WA   99224
(509) 533-4671
A placement test is required before taking the course.

Spokane Falls Community College
3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr.
Spokane, WA   99224
(509) 533-3500 or 533-4113

Spokane International Translation
104 S. Freya, Ste 104
Lilac Flag Bldg
Spokane, WA  99202
(509) 327-8064
Interpreting and written translations for legal, business, and the medical community.  Personal documentation translations - birth certificates, adoptions, and more. 

Spokane Public Library
906 W. Main Avenue
Spokane, WA   99201
(509) 444-5300
Learn English from books, sound recordings, and video recordings.

World Relief Spokane 
1522 N. Washington, Ste 204
(509) 484-9829