The Tablet Interpreting Manual

A beginner's guide

Wondering how to make the most of your tablet for interpreting?

Curious which tablet and apps are right for you?

The Tablet Interpreting Manual: A beginner's guide is what you've been waiting for!

Our brand new guide includes:

  • Dozens of tips and tricks
  • Five habits to get you started
  • Chapters on iPad, Android and Windows
  • Accessory suggestions galore - styluses, keyboards, flash drives, and more!
  • Tips for preparation
  • The lowdown on consecutive note-taking
  • Some cool ways to use tablets in the booth
  • A whole chapter on teaching interpreting with a tablet - including exercises for on-site and remote classrooms

Table of contents

Chapter 1: An introduction to tablet interpreting

  • Why should interpreters use tablets?
  • What's stopping you?
  • Which tablet is best for me?
  • Five tablet habits to get you started

Chapter 2: iPad

  • Which iPad is right for me?
  • Which stylus should I buy?
  • Getting started with your iPad (setup, search, multi-tasking and more)

Chapter 3: Android

  • Which Android tablet should I buy?
  • Which stylus is best for my Android tablet?
  • Getting started (setup, search, widgets, multi-tasking)

Chapter 4: Windows

  • Which Windows device is right for me?
  • Surface and other tablets
  • Tips and tricks to get you started (setup, tablet mode, multi-tasking and more)

Chapter 5: Tablet accessories

  • Keyboards
  • Styluses
  • Chargers and adapters
  • Battery packs
  • Cables
  • Flash drives
  • Cases and pouches
  • Screen protectors

Chapter 6: Tablets for preparation

  • Why prepare on a tablet
  • Mind-mapping
  • Annotation
  • Preparing your terminology
  • Practicing terminology with flashcards
  • Which apps are best for preparation on my tablet?

Chapter 7: Tablets for consecutive interpreting

  • Why use a digital notebook?
  • Taking notes
  • Notes and multitasking
  • What is the best consecutive app?

Chapter 8: Tablets in the booth

  • Why tablets make great boothmates
  • The importance of search
  • Finding the right term
  • Working with digital documents
  • Our favorite apps for the booth

Chapter 9: Teach interpreting with tablets

  • Why use a tablet to teach interpreting?
  • Sharing your screen
  • Teaching note-taking technique
  • Pairing audio and video
  • Annotating notes
  • Show, don't tell
  • Tablets for teaching interpreting in remote settings
  • A word on two-channel audio
  • Four exercises for teaching interpreting with tablets

Chapter 10: Putting it all into practice

  • Start with what you have
  • Start small
  • Ready to learn more?


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Cover page of the Tablet Interpreting Manual with link to checkout page

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About the authors

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.

Frequently Asked Questions


Which platforms do you cover in the Tablet Interpreting Manual?
All of them: iPad, Android and Windows.
What if I don't own a tablet?
That's totally fine! This manual will give you plenty of reasons to consider getting one...and lots of suggestions to use it once you do! 😉
Is this a physical book?
The Tablet Interpreting Manual is a digital book in PDF format that you can read on any device. The digital format is cheaper, more versatile and more interactive, e.g. with clickable links to additional content!
How is this different from your tablet interpreting courses?
We currently have three courses on the topic of tablet interpreting. “iPads for Wordsmiths” and “Android for Wordsmiths” are snackable video courses that will get you started on your iPad or Android tablet in no time. (A Windows version is coming soon.) “iPads for interpreters: The ultimate guide to mastering your tablet” is our comprehensive flagship course with over 70 video lessons and 60 hands-on exercises to walk you through every step of using your iPad for interpreting. It’s a deep dive for those committed to the Apple platform. “The Tablet Interpreting Manual” is an inexpensive guide that covers all three big platforms, with specific chapters on iPad, Android and Windows. It also includes brand-new chapters on our favorite accessories and using a tablet to teach interpreting. You can use the manual to get started and then come back to it whenever you’re ready to tackle another skill. This handy digital guide will become a reliable reference for you over time.
Do you offer discounts or refunds?
As we do for all of our material, we offer a 50% student discount. In case you are not satisfied, contact us in the first 30 days after purchase and we will give you a full refund - no questions asked.

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