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How to find the perfect interpreting headphones

As more and more interpreting work has gone online, the quest for the perfect headphones has begun in earnest. Yet unpacking the jargon and discovering your ideal pair of headphones is quite the challenge! After all, headphones come in all shapes and sizes. And the terminology used to describe...

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Why we love tablets for interpreting

We've been huge proponents of tablets for interpreting since the iPad was released in 2010. And when the first tablets came out, we wondered how this new technology could be used for interpreting -- we're curious about everything, like all interpreters! So we started poking around and discovered...

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CONTEST: Win a copy of the Interpreter's Guide to Audio and Video!

Over the last two months, we’ve been hard at work on our second e-book: The Interpreter's Guide to Audio and Video. For this book, Josh teamed up with renowned interpreting expert Naomi Bowman to help you take the stress out of audio and video. The end is in sight, and we're excited to announce...

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Get feedback and practice simultaneous online with GoReact

As more and more interpreting has gone virtual, we've all been searching for ways to teach and practice online. Consecutive has proven relatively easy: Simply record yourself using your smartphone or computer, then send the recording to a peer. They can provide feedback in writing or even as a...

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Using the UN Digital Repository for interpreting practice

If you’re an interpreter adding a new language or exploring a new subject, speech repositories can be real gold mines. Also known as speech banks, they tend to include material designed for practice purposes. Speeches are generally recorded by interpreter trainers (EU Speech Repository),...

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The tech for practicing consec

In this month‘s column, we‘re focusing on an interpreting mode that is often seen as decidedly low-tech or even no-tech: consecutive. And chances are that, due to the pandemic, you find yourself doing more consec than usual, and on online video platforms to boot! So if you want to brush up or...

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LanguageTool, your multilingual writing assistant

Think auto-correct and grammar-checking tools are old hat? Think again! With the advent of artificial intelligence, language tools have gone far beyond checking spelling or catching missing punctuation. Today’s tools consider context and advise you on the tone of your copy, helping you write...

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2020 in the rear-view mirror

Phew, what a year 2020 has been! As 2020 dawned, nobody could possibly have expected this curveball of a year, and neither did we. Until now, techforword primarily offered live, on-site training, which usually entailed traveling to locations within a few hours of our homes and offering courses...

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Turn your most used websites into apps

There’s an app for pretty much everything, or so they say. And it’s true that smartphones and tablets have brought us millions and millions of apps to solve nearly every problem under the sun. But surely you use a handful of sites that don’t have an app or simply work better online. How do you...

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Looking sharp on video calls with the Webaround green screen

We don’t know about you, but we’ve been in a heck of a lot of online meetings recently. And if you’re anything like us, your home office doesn’t look great on camera. (Josh and his partner work from the same room, while Alex shares the basement with his son’s drum kit.) As a freelancer, it pays...

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