Speech recognition for interpreters

Numbers and terminology made easy

What you'll learn

A brief introduction to what we'll cover in this course


Do you sometimes struggle to get numbers and terminology right while interpreting?

Wouldn’t it be amazing if your computer could help you with all these pesky bits so you could deliver higher quality interpreting?

Speech recognition for interpreters: Numbers and terminology made easy is the course you've been waiting for!

In over 20 video lessons, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about cutting-edge speech recognition technology.


Course contents

Module 1: Introduction to speech recognition

  • How speech recognition works
  • Speech recognition for interpreting
  • Hey, Siri! An introduction to voice assistants
  • Confidentiality and speech recognition

Module 2: Speech recognition for numbers

  • Why numbers are so hard
  • A first experiment with numbers
  • How to set up your computer for speech recognition
  • Speech recognition for numbers with InterpretBank
  • How well does speech recognition work for numbers in different languages?

Module 3: Speech recognition for terminology

  • How to set up InterpretBank to recognize terminology
  • How to connect your laptop to the console in the booth
  • Test out your own speeches with speech recognition software
  • How well does speech recognition work for terms in different languages?
  • Speech recognition for named entities
  • Why speech recognition sometimes fails

BONUS MODULE: Live automatic transcription and SightConsec - The Next Frontiers?

  • Live captioning tools
  • How SightConsec works
  • A SightConsec demo

This interactive online course is packed with over a dozen hands-on exercises that will walk you through the ins and outs of speech recognition.

Disclaimer: We’ve done our best to compile accurate and reliable information from this rapidly changing field. We research and test to the best of our availability. However, techforword does not accept any liability if something does not work as expected. As you will see in this course, speech recognition is not right for every setting - yet! :wink:


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Still on the fence?

Check out this demo of speech recognition in action, or enroll in our FREE Getting the right mix: Hassle-free audio for remote interpreting and practice mini-course to see what learning with us is like!

A speech recognition demo

What others say about techforword

"I am extremely satisfied with all the more than useful and tech-savvy information. Thank you both for sharing your valuable knowledge!" - Melissa Yitani

"You two are exceptionally proficient at preparing and presenting." - Steven Marzuola

"Great training session. The information was super useful and up to date. Great resources for interpreters!!" - Bereniss Cavazos

Your Instructors

Alexander Drechsel works as a conference interpreter at the European Commission. His love of languages and communication with people is only matched by his affection for mobile devices of all shapes and sizes: Alexander has been an iPad user since day one and also knows a thing or two about Android tablets. He shares his knowledge in courses, on Twitter, and on his website. An avid podcaster, Alex writes and produces two podcasts for language professionals, LangFM and Troublesome Terps.

Josh Goldsmith is a UN and EU accredited translator and interpreter working from Spanish, French, Italian and Catalan into English. He splits his time between interpreting, translating, and working as a trainer and researcher focusing on the intersection between interpreting, technology and education. A lover of all things tech, Josh shares tips about technology, translation and interpreting in conferences and workshops, academic articles, the Interpreter's Toolkit column, and on Twitter.

Course Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
How long is the course?
The course includes more than 20 videos and over a dozen interactive activities to walk you through every step of speech recognition for interpreters. You can watch the videos as many times as you wish, and spend as long as you want on the interactive activities. The course usually takes about 2 hours to complete, and is worth 2 continuing education credits.
Do you offer student discounts?
Yes, we offer a 50% student discount. Please send an email with a scanned copy of your student ID to [email protected], and we'll send you a code to take 50% off this course when you register.
What device(s) and software do I need to enroll?
This course is for PC and Mac users. We recommend downloading free trials of InterpretBank and Loopback to test out speech recognition and audio routing features. If you like the programs, you can take advantage of SPECIAL DISCOUNTS we've negotiated just for techforword students.
What languages can speech recognition handle?
The main tool covered in this course, InterpretBank, currently offers speech recognition from English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, and into ... well, pretty much every language under the sun! 😎

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