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Interpreting is the unrehearsed conversion of a spoken or signed message from one language to another. It involves listening to a message in one language and then providing an oral or signed equivalent into another language. Interpreters must have excellent knowledge of both source and target languages, possess strong mental dexterity and exceptional memory. Court, medical and community interpreters work in both directions; some conference and UN interpreters only interpret in one direction.

Industries we serve

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  • Depositions
  • Trials
  • Hearings
  • Attorney and client visits
  • Workers compensation


  • QMEs
  • AMEs
  • Doctor and dental visits
  • Mental health
  • Family conferences

Social Services

  • Home visits
  • Group meetings
  • Parenting classes
  • Supervised visits
  • Team decision meetings


  • IEPs
  • Parent-teacher conferences
  • Student assessments
  • ELAC meetings
  • Testing

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Services that fit your unique needs

Let us find you an interpreter with specialized skills, experience and certification.

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Offering 225 Languages

With a growing network of 7000 expert linguists, we offer services in over 225 languages with a special emphasis on rare and unique dialects.

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Interpreter certifications

Our network includes interpreters with legal, administrative and medical certification types, as well as court registered and court certified interpreters.

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Services throughout California

We provide local interpreters for services in every city throughout California, in both metropolitan and rural regions of the state.

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Joint Commission & HIPAA Compliant

Our network of medical interpreters meet stringent compliance requirements established by the Joint Commission, and we are familiar with medical audits.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. What mode of interpretation do you require?

    Simultaneous or Consecutive? The skillset for simultaneous and consecutive are quite different, and not all interpreters have equal capabilities. While simultaneous interpreting can reduce the meeting time by half the speed, it may not be the most effective communication style for your clients. Understanding the difference can save time, money and determine how smooth the meeting will run for you and your clients.

  • 2. What is the difference between agency certified and court certified interpreters?

    First, there are many levels of certification in the language industry. While contracting with an LSP can make things easier, the caveat is being able to hire a court certified interpreter who is in fact licensed by notable industry testing entities, as opposed to hiring an “agency certified” interpreter. The difference here is not just pricing; often it’s quality. Agency certified interpreters are interpreters whose skills have been assessed by the language agency they work for. For medical and for school or non-court related assignments, agency certifications are usually acceptable. However, for court and legal related matters, working with court certified interpreters is usually not optional but mandatory. To avoid compromising the integrity of the case, it is recommended that you utilize services of a court certified interpreter.

  • 3. How do I know need a court certified foreign language interpreter?

    Currently, the law requires the use of California state licensed, certified interpreters for most legal and medical interpreting assignments. While hiring a court certified interpreter is ideal in every legal related situation; it is not always practical. It may be cost prohibitive or there may not be an interpreter available altogether. Choosing the appropriate level of certification will depend on the individual job or the requesting party. If you are not sure what you are doing, working with a respected; transparent language service provider (LSP) can make a huge difference. A skilled LSP will ask the right questions and guide you and your clients to successful outcomes.

  • 4. How do I know the interpreter I am getting is court certified?

    Being “court certified” means your linguist has had his or her language proficiency skills assessed by a well-recognized industry testing agency. You can ensure that your linguist is court certified by asking for the interpreter’s name and cross referencing it with the following certification agencies:

    • California Judicial Council Court Certified and Court Registered legal interpreters
    • Federally Certified Interpreters
    • California State Personnel Board (Administrative and Medical) licensed interpreters
    • Certified Medical Interpreters (CMI)
    • The American Translators Association (ATA) - only for limited languages; for written translation

  • 5. What is the cost of interpretation services?

    Factors that influence interpreter fees include certification levels required for the job, language, availability of interpreters, duration of the job, nature of the interpretation, mileage, travel time and/or lodging. Depending on the level of certification, there is usually a two hour to a half-day, industry practice, minimum requirement. Scheduling interpreter services in advance will help keep costs to a minimum.

  • 6. Why you should book interpreter services in advance?

    Scheduling with as much advanced notice as possible will ensure local interpreters are hired. Hiring a local interpreter means you can avoid costs related to travel time, mileage and possible lodging for interpreters who travel across counties for assignments. If you are seeking to hire licensed court interpreters from the state of California, consider the fact that there are only so many for each language pair, within a specific region of the state. Avoid running the risk of interpreter unavailability by booking someone in advance.

What customers are saying about Excel

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“With particularly difficult clients the interpreters facilitate communication by working with the attorney to understand not just the words used but the cultural meaning of their communication. I don’t think there is another translation company that can even begin to approach their competency.”

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Thomas JohnsonFederal and State Criminal Defense Attorney
Sacramento, California

"Thank you Excel Interpreting for the excellent service. You’ve been great in navigating and making a difference in language barriers."

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Selena UrbinoBilingual Family Advocate
Prescott-Joseph Center Inc. in Oakland, California

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