Learning to use Trados Studio 2011
Thread poster: Jane Martin

Jane Martin  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:53
Member (2011)
Spanish to English
Feb 3, 2012

I have just bought myself Trados Studio 2011 and am struggling with learning how to use it despite the 'manual' and 'exercises' that it arrives with mainly I think because in these the languages I have to work with are not my languages. I am keen to get up to speed quickly. Does anyone know of a teacher, someone who would come and say, give me an intensive day-long class. I have done one of the webinars.

Any input would be appreciated.


Filipa Plant dos Santos  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:53
Member (2011)
Portuguese to English
Get the first level certification course Feb 3, 2012

Have you considered getting (ok - paying for!) the first level certification course?

I don't know how this differs from the the stuff they send you with the program. I have bought the SDL Trados 2011 starter program (so some of the features are disabled) but haven't looked at what came with it particularly.

I bought the first level certification course, and followed the manual (translating from Eng into German for the exercises - and all I can say in German is 'auf dem tisch' and I can't even remember what that means!!! in the end I was just writing gibberish!!! but it doesn't matter!), and then took the test. It's a good enough level to enable me to work on single files by myself.

And I have done, I've had around 5 small translation from different places, and have carried them all out using the CAT tool, sent them back without problems.

Would this be a good enough level for you just now? Just to get started?


Silvia D'Amico  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 23:53
English to Italian
I used the free webinars Feb 3, 2012

I bought Studio 2011 in December and even though I was overwhelmed at the beginning, I kept watching free webinars through Proz and SDL and now I can use its basic features. I'm not a pro, but I can translate doc and pdf, create TMs and termbases. Obviously every now and then I need to look something up, either on these forums or in the manual, but so far I was able to keep up with it.

Hope it helps! All the best!


Jane Martin  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:53
Member (2011)
Spanish to English
Thanks Feb 4, 2012

... for all your input. It seems as if I need to do what I am already doing. I have completed part of the manual that came with the software but have just got a job where they want me to go to their offices and use Studio 2011 - hence the need to get up to speed very quickly. I don't want to look an idiot!


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