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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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Black Friday 2020!

It's Black Friday! Read on to discover our two special offers and round-up of some of the best tech deals we've found. 💥 Offer #1: 30% off all techforword courses! 💥 📘 The Tablet Interpreting Manual - 13,30€ (usually 19€) 🗒 Paperless preparation on your iPad - 48,30€ (usually 69€) 🖋...

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CONTEST: Win a copy of the Tablet Interpreting Manual!

Over the last month, we’ve been quietly putting together a big project: The Tablet Interpreting Manual. We’ve been hard at work, and now, the end is in sight: We’ll be releasing our brand new e-book on Friday, November 20th! 🎉 But first, we thought we’d kick things off in style - with a...

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The tech's the thing: Interview in the ITI Bulletin

At a time when online learning is more important than ever, Nathaniel Elcock talks to Alexander Drechsel and Josh Goldsmith from techforword. This article was originally published in the ITI Bulletin. You can watch the full interview below. Alex and Josh! Who are you, and what do you...

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Will technology replace translators and interpreters?

People outside the language industry often tell us - more or less in jest - that our jobs are on the line, and will soon be replaced by machines, anyway. This month’s column is a reflection on exactly that. Feel free to forward it to your friends or family members who just won’t stop teasing you...

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