Individuals who are new to transcription often look for practice tape
transcription websites. While we are not aware of any sites completely
dedicated to practice tapes, the sites we list on this page are full of
different types of audio files which are good options for practicing
your transcription skills.
The most important thing to keep in mind when you are first
starting out doing transcription is to take your time. Do not try to
rush through and get done as quickly as possible. Your speed will slowly
increase over time. Remember to transcribe every word spoken. If you
rush too quickly, you may miss words. Even those little words are
important and can sometimes change the whole meaning of a sentence. It
takes great concentration to type what you are hearing and to keep in
mind proper spellings and punctuation. Spellcheck is not going to catch
if you use "then" instead of "than" or "two" instead of "to." You need
to be constantly checking yourself to make sure you are typing the
Practice, practice, practice, and if you have the right skills you will quickly become a professional transcriptionist.
Here are some audio files you can download and play in your transcription software. Simply click on the link and then right click and save as to save the file to play in your transcription software. After you transcribe, check yourself against the transcript provided below it.
Here are some other ideas for practicing your skills.
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American Rhetoric: Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century is a great site with mp3 files of famous speeches. The site also includes transcripts so you can check your work!
Learn Out Loud is another site with audio files of speeches.
Want some practice transcribing sermons? Several churches offer their sermons in mp3 format. Twin Cities Church happens to be our church home. If you click on the Podcast links you can download the mp3 files to listen to and transcribe.