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STOP PRESS January 2018
This year we are running two workshops - one for "returnees" from 20-24 August, and one for "newcomers" from 27-31 August. There is also an optional "extra": a guided minibus tour on the Saturday following each workshop (25 August and 1 Sept respectively). For more details, see the relevant description.

September 2017
In 2018 we organised one August workshop, which was attended by talented and enthusiastic interpreters from a variety of different countries.

September 2016
We ran two English workshops this summer - one for interpreters and one for translators. Many thanks to everyone who helped make them such a success! A couple of people also took up our offer of combining workshop attendance with some private tuition beforehand or afterwards. Always an option for an intensive learning experience!

August 2015
August in Edinburgh has begun in the usual way – temperatures in single figures and rain one day, sunshine and (slightly) higher temperatures the next. With both the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe Festival kicking off next Friday, the city is filling up fast. The Royal Mile is already lined with buskers and other street artists and there are posters everywhere – in the EIF’s case, usually Juliette Binoche staring at you; in the Fringe’s case, some comedian shouting at you. The International Festival is living up to its name, with top-class ensembles and soloists from all over the world, while the Fringe gives little-known and often totally unknown artists a chance to perform to a wider audience and perhaps be discovered. The Fringe is bigger than ever this year, with a programme approaching the dimensions of the Edinburgh telephone directory, so there should be something there for everyone. However, for those less interested in the performing arts, there are numerous exhibitions in the city’s museums and galleries, and for those few who don’t heave a sigh of relief when parliament adjourns for the summer recess, there’s a Festival of Politics, too.
One last word to anyone joining us for one of our workshops this summer: do bring along suitable clothing. The natives may be wearing t-shirts, but I saw a couple of tourists wearing gloves the other day. (Perhaps “summer” is the wrong word for this season in this part of the world. Think winter in the Mediterranean, but with more hours of daylight, and you’ll get the general idea.) And don’t forget an adapter for your electrical equipment, by the way.
We’re looking forward to meeting new participants and greeting “old” ones here in Edinburgh, but wherever you go this summer, we hope you have a good time.

Why Edinburgh?

Learning in this inspiring city is a very special experience, and, judging by the rising number of visitors and incomers, there is little need to “sell” Edinburgh. Nevertheless, here are just some of the many reasons for a visit:

Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe

Edinburgh is a centre of culture – not only at Festival time

Edinburgh is the world’s first UNESCO city of literature

Edinburgh has the best restaurant scene in the UK outside London

Edinburgh is an ideal starting point for a holiday in Scotland.

About us

Having founded Xchange Services in 2008 to provide high-end translating and interpreting services, we now also offer intensive workshops for translators and interpreters as well as tailor-made tuition for individuals. Our aim is to assist professionals in improving their communication skills and thus achieving greater success – both professionally and personally. As firm believers in the importance of culture and context in language learning, we deliver our courses exclusively in Edinburgh.


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Because of the uncertainty regarding travel restrictions and the cancellation of this year's Edinburgh festivals, the workshops planned for August 2021 have been postponed to 2022. The actual dates will be announced in January 2022.


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