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Livia D'Amore  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 09:26
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German to Italian
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May 21, 2017

Good evening,
it there anyone who doesn't type translations but dictates them?
If so, which software do you use? Where can I find it and how much does it costs?
Thank you in advance


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:26
English to Spanish
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Dictation software: Dragon NaturalSpeaking v 12 or v 13 May 21, 2017

Livia D'Amore wrote:

Good evening,
it there anyone who doesn't type translations but dictates them?
If so, which software do you use? Where can I find it and how much does it costs?
Thank you in advance


Hi, Livia,

I've been using dictation software (Dragon NS) for a few years mostly for transcriptions: I read the source text (Spanish) to translate it later (English). I've done it the other way around.

It cost me about 140 dollars to buy the premium version (English and Spanish). I am assuming they have your languages, but the newest version cost above 200 dollars.

Cheers!


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Livia D'Amore  Identity Verified
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Thank you May 22, 2017

Thanks a lot for you suggestion. There is also a version for Italian....I think I'll buy it. Thank you again.

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Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:26
Member (2008)
Italian to English
Mac solution May 22, 2017

Livia D'Amore wrote:

Good evening,
it there anyone who doesn't type translations but dictates them?
If so, which software do you use? Where can I find it and how much does it costs?
Thank you in advance


I use Mac dictation all the time. It costs nothing. It's incorporated into the MacOS (and for that reason, unlike third-party applications, it is very precisely interfaced with the other parts of the operating system). I have been told it works better than Dragon (which I've never tried). It covers dozens of different languages. The important thing is to have a good-quality microphone. It gets better and better the more you use it. I mainly use it in English and Italian.

[Edited at 2017-05-22 07:03 GMT]


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Livia D'Amore  Identity Verified
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Great May 22, 2017

Ah ok, I really don't know anything about this topic, but as I won't be able to use my hands for a while, I need a tool to dictate translations in order to continue may work. I'll have a look at this program, too. Thank you for the information.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 09:26
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Dragon for me May 22, 2017

Like Mario, I've been using Dragon Naturally Speaking version 13.0 for a few years now. It occasionally struggles with my accent and certain words, but in general it works fine and saves a lot of wear-and-tear on my wrists and back etc.

I know there is apparently a dictation function along with the Windows/Microsoft office package, but I lost any confidence I had in Microsoft "innovations" many years ago, so I prefer to use my Dragon (warts and all). Now if I could only get it to write "Next" at the start of a sentence, I'd be happy. As it stands, I usually end up having to shout at it "Please write the word next", whereupon as if by magic it writes that whole sentence.

I still haven't programmed it to write "etc." when I say et cetera, because it forces me to stop and decide whether I want to leave it. I translate from Spanish and a lot of authors have this terrible habit of producing great long sentences that tail off into a list ending in ... or "etc."



[Edited at 2017-05-22 11:10 GMT]


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Andriy Yasharov  Identity Verified
Ukraine
Local time: 10:26
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Speechnotes extension plus Google Chrome May 22, 2017

You can try and save a pretty penny by installing a Google Chrome browser extension called Speechnotes and use it in Google Chrome browser in order to speak your text instead of typing it. Speechnotes is a nice free app that works in Google Chrome browser. It's available at the link.

So, what you need to do is to go to Google Chrome Webstore at the following link and to install Speechnotes that allows you to speak your text into any text field on any website and that includes any online CAT-tools such as Wordfast Anywhere, SmartCAT, XTM, Memsource, etc., in other words, any online CAT-tool that works in Google Chrome browser. The Chrome extension recognizes many languages and it's a shareware app that after the trial period will ask you to pay a certain amount.

As a matter of fact, I'm speaking this text not typing it.


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Struggling May 22, 2017

neilmac wrote:

Like Mario, I've been using Dragon Naturally Speaking version 13.0 for a few years now. It occasionally struggles with my accent and certain words, but in general it works fine and saves a lot of wear-and-tear on my wrists and back etc.

I know there is apparently a dictation function along with the Windows/Microsoft office package, but I lost any confidence I had in Microsoft "innovations" many years ago, so I prefer to use my Dragon (warts and all). Now if I could only get it to write "Next" at the start of a sentence, I'd be happy. As it stands, I usually end up having to shout at it "Please write the word next", whereupon as if by magic it writes that whole sentence.

I still haven't programmed it to write "etc." when I say et cetera, because it forces me to stop and decide whether I want to leave it. I translate from Spanish and a lot of authors have this terrible habit of producing great long sentences that tail off into a list ending in ... or "etc."



[Edited at 2017-05-22 11:10 GMT]


Like Neilmac, I'm no stranger to struggling with Dragon to understand my acento cordobés.



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Livia D'Amore  Identity Verified
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!! May 22, 2017

Thank you all very much. In the next days I'll try out and decide which solution suits me best.

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