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Software to record yourself interpreting/reading/talking for studying purposes
Thread poster: hfp
hfp
United States
Local time: 07:16
Spanish to English
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Feb 28, 2009

What do you all use to record yourself or listen to yourself when you are interpreting or simply reading something? I am trying to find a program that will allow me to record myself as I study for the oral part of the Federal Court interpreting exam. I currently use Audacity, but that gives me errors sometimes.

Any ideas? Thank you.


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Suzanne Deliscar  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 06:16
Member (2009)
Spanish to English
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Try Speak-Write Feb 28, 2009

Speak-Write is a telephone dictation program, maybe this is what you are looking for. The website can be found at www.speak-write.com.

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Alexandra Goldburt
Local time: 03:16
English to Russian
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The old-fashoned way: a shoebox recorder and a tape Mar 1, 2009

I might be behind times - but this is what I do. I use a shoe-box recorder (bought on Amazon for under $30) and a tape (regular size, not micro).

It works just fine for me. I use it to record myself when I do exercises from ACEBO, and then listen to what I recorded and keep "score": the number of omissions, mistranslations, mispronunciations, grammatical errors, "um's" and "eh's", unnecessary pauses, etc. Thanks to this method, the number of all these flows consistently goes down!

I'm sure a very sophisticated software for this exists, but I feel no need to invest in it.

I'm not sure it was the answer you wanted - but good luck in your studies, anyway!


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hfp
United States
Local time: 07:16
Spanish to English
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Thanks, Suzanne and Alexandra Mar 1, 2009

I appreciate your help, Suzanne and Alexandra. Lately I have been using Sound Recorder, which is the basic recording program that comes with any version of Windows I think. It works decently. A simple recorder might be a good idea. I'll look into it. Take care.

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Sergei Leshchinsky  Identity Verified
Ukraine
Local time: 12:16
Member (2008)
English to Russian
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AIMP player Mar 2, 2009

http://www.aimp.ru/index.php

It is free and has many tools.


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xxxIlary

Local time: 11:16
I used to record my voice with my cell phone's recorder... Mar 2, 2009

...then I bought a recorder, just because with a phone like mine (Nokia 7370) you can record max 5 minutes at a time. Sometimes, when I do interpreting practice and sight translations, I practice for more than 5 consecutive minutes. With a recorder, I can record myself practicing for more than 5 minutes. Everything is recorded in MP3 format, since it's a digital recorder.

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DZiW
Ukraine
English to Russian
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could do Mar 4, 2009

Hello hfp.

Did you know that M$ has a built-in 'Sound Recorder' ?
It's rather simple and has no special features but it's free. really small and quite handy.
Also check your soundcard CD for some software you may need too

Cheers.


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Francesca Roiatti
Italy
Local time: 11:16
German to Italian
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audiograbber Mar 16, 2009

hi hfp,

I've been using this tiny freewar software over the years, it's called Audiograbber
http://www.audiograbber.com-us.net/download.html

and once installed, go FILE> Line in sampling... and connect your headphones with mic.

I used to play speeches in mp3 on a music player or live sessions and start audiograbber to record my simultaneous.
efficient!!

best,
francesca


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hfp
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Thanks Mar 17, 2009

Thanks, Sergei, Ilary, DZiW, and Frank. Your comments have been helpful.

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