Why does no one use dictation software?
Thread poster: philgoddard

philgoddard
United States
Member (2009)
German to English
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Mar 13, 2012

According to the new ITI rates and salaries survey (which I strongly recommend buying if you're not a member - details at www.iti.org.uk), only 10% of translators use dictation software.

I use Dragon Naturally Speaking, and while it's not suitable for all jobs (its accuracy goes down if I'm doing a lot of thinking and hesitating, for example with advertising copy), it's outstanding when it comes to easy jobs like contracts, and can double my average daily output. Dictation software is a far better productivity tool than TM, which actually slows me down, and of course I wouldn't be very popular if I used it in my local internet café.

So why do so few of you dictate your translations?


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