Record Speechpool Videos, Get a Book

Record to win!
We still have several copies of one of the best T&I books currently on the market, Found in Translation by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche (generously donated by co-author Nataly Kelly of Smartling), to give away on this blog. In our quest for ever-clever (or not) ways to give these away, we just thought of something. We would like to have this little giveaway benefit of our favorite interpreting tools: Speechpool. If you have not yet heard about Speechpool, you are in for a treat. Have a look at our initial blog posting about the site here

It's a free website (free to you, but not free to run; more on that later) for interpreters to practice interpreting -- in 19 languages! It's an entirely collaborative effort, as it's interpreters recording speeches for interpreters. Between the two of us, we've recorded more than 40 videos in German and English (Spanish coming soon), and it's addictive and fun. We also routinely use Speechpool to practice our own interpreting, as there are only so many TED talks and political speeches one can interpret before craving different topics, voices, accents and speaking styles.

Speechpool just celebrated its first anniversary, and we hope it stays around for a long time. The effort was initially funded by the UK NNI (National Network for Interpreting), but at this point, founder Sophie Llewellyn Smith pays everything out of her own pocket, so she's looking for donations. We don't want to make this a donation-based giveaway, but if you can, please donate here (we did).

Rather, we will give one copy of Found in Translation (shipping included to wherever you live) to the first three colleagues who upload at least two videos to Speechpool (it's easy; you record on YouTube, and the site explains everything very clearly).

Here are  few basic rules (boring but necessary):

  • The videos must be new, so that means they have to be posted to the site after June 10, 2014. 
  • Sorry, existing videos don't qualify.
  • Each video must be at least five minutes long. 
  • You must record at least two videos to qualify.
  • The videos must be in a language we either speak or somewhat understand: Spanish, English, German, Dutch, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian or Greek (Dagy speaks baby Greek).
  • First come, first serve! Post the Speechpool link in the comments section, and after we check out the videos, you get your book. 
  • The first three people with two videos each that meet the criteria win.
  • One book per person.
  • We have a total of three books to give away.
  • Have fun and good luck!
The best part: even if you don't win, you will either have discovered a new resource, will have fun recording a video to help this collaborative effort, or both. Enjoy!

Here's to Speechpool and to giveaways!


Sophie Llewellyn Smith on June 11, 2014 at 2:42 AM said...

Great idea, Judy! Tempted to record a couple of speeches myself ! ;-)
Thanks very much for your support. I hope lots of people have a go at recording (and find out how easy it is), and enjoy using the site.
Sophie (Llewellyn Smith)

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on June 13, 2014 at 4:37 PM said...

@Sophie: Many thanks! We are happy to support such an amazing site. And of COURSE you can participate and win, too! Go Speechpool -- it's an amazing resource.

Pauline Castiau on July 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM said...


Here are the links of the two speeches I uploaded recently on Speechpool, would love to win the book !


Pauline Castiau.

Pauline Castiau on July 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM said...


Here are the links of the two speeches I uploaded recently on Speechpool, would love to win the book !


Pauline Castiau.

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on July 2, 2014 at 10:05 AM said...

@Pauline: Excellent --how fantastic! We just had a look at your speeches and they look great. Dagy will actually interpret them later. You definitely win the book: congratulations! Please e-mail your address to judy(dot)jenner(at)twintranslations(dot)com and we will get the book sent out to you. Many thanks for participating.

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on July 3, 2014 at 3:43 PM said...

@Pauline: We just wanted to let you know that the book went out today. We just took it to the post office a few hours ago. It might take a bit longer than usual to reach you because of the Fourth of July holiday, but it is on its way. Please let us know that you have received it.

Sophie Llewellyn Smith said...

Congratulations, Pauline! I hope this won't be the last we see of your speeches on the site!

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on July 25, 2014 at 1:25 PM said...

Update: We have only given away one book so far! Be sure to upload speeches if you want to win your copy. :)

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