TRANSCRIPT COLLABORATION – Write a transcript

Transcripts of Luke’s English Podcast are written by listeners who collaborate by using google documents. The team has produced about 100 transcripts so far.

This project is known as the Transcript Collaboration or Orion Team.

How the Transcript Collaboration works

  • First, Luke publishes an episode of the podcast.
  • Then, Antonio (or Piotr) creates a google document for that episode. (The google documents are open – anyone can access and edit the documents, you just need to be signed into a google account.)
  • In the document the episode is divided into 3 minute parts or ‘chunks’ (e.g. chunk 1 = 00:00:00 to 00:03:00, chunk 2 = 00:03:00 to 00:06:00 etc).
  • Listeners write their name next to a 3-minute chunk, and then start transcribing that short part of the podcast.
  • If the transcriber can’t identify something, he/she leaves a gap with a timecode, like this ______________ (00.35.20)
  • When the 3-minute chunk is finished, the transcriber writes Finished at the end of the chunk.
  • When the whole episode is transcribed, the script is added to the FINISHED folder.
  • Other listeners can proofread, correct or add missing words to any finished chunks.
  • You can access all the folders below.
  • Please read the RULES before you start (you can see them below).

Transcribing chunks is a great way to improve your English by listening intensively.

How to join the Orion Team and transcribe some chunks

  • You can simply add your name next to a free chunk in a google document and then start transcribing. That’s it! But please follow the rules (below).
  • There is an Orion Team email list so you can keep in touch with the team and get news of new episodes or finished scripts.
  • To join the team send an email to Antonio at ptholome@me.com to ask for more information.
  • You can write: “Hi, I’d like to join the Orion Team. What should I do?”
  • Please make sure you have read the RULES before you start. You can read them below.

Thanks!

Luke

Google Documents for Transcripts (Click the buttons below)

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Rules

Please follow these rules when transcribing:

  • Don’t edit other people’s writing without permission (that includes size of font, colour and every other properties of text).
  • You can leave comments in the google document – just ‘right-click’ and select comment. You don’t need permission to add a comment.
  • Before you start, make sure you put your name next to that chunk in the google doc.
  • If you can’t identify a word or phrase in an episode, leave a gap with a time code. E.g. _____________ [00:32:15] This will allow other listeners to help you by identifying the missing word using the time code.
  • Use Arial size 11, not bold.
  • Don’t type ‘gonna’ or ‘wanna’ – please type ‘going to’ and ‘want to’.
  • Don’t write down sounds which people make when they are pausing or deciding what to say next like “um”, “hm”, “erm” etc.
  • I will make text green after I have checked and corrected it. So any green text has been given The Luke Thompson seal of approval. :)
  • When you finish whole script:
    write [END] at the end of a Script.
    Write [finished] and the end of a chunk when it is ended.
    Write [not finished] if you are still working on it
  • If you only want to see the script but not edit, please change your mode to view mode. That prevents unwanted changes in scripts.

Introducing the Transcript Collaboration Managers – Piotr from Poland & Antonio from Spain

For any help, assistance or advice please contact Piotr by sending an e-mail to piotr.proc@gmail.com or Antonio here ptholome@me.com. Also you can leave a comment below this page saying “I would like to join the transcription project” or write a question.

Advice for Transcribing

Slow down the audio to make it easier
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If you’re listening to an episode while typing the transcripts (for example, on Windows Media Player), you can click the right button of your mouse, and follow instructions shown in the picture below. The episode will be played slower and it’ll be easier to make out individual words.

Transcribe in 3, 5, 10 or 15 minute chunks
It’s easier if you just transcribe a few minutes at a time. You don’t have to do the whole episode in one sitting, that’s too much work!

Download the episode and use a media player when transcribing
Download “Foobar2000” – It’s a good audio player for this kind of work

When you transcribe, you can use Foobar2000. It’s free, and it deals with big mp3 files perfectly. It also allows to you configure a number of hot-keys such as “play”, “pause”, “1/5/10 sec. back” which makes the transcriber’s life much, much easier.

Here’s a video tutorial by Piotr, explaining how to transcribe audio and video effectively with Foobar2000. These are some really simple but effective techniques for making your transcripts much easier. Thank you Piotr!

  • Keka Mar Tin

    Hi Luke and everyone!
    I’m just transcribing episode 427 “Limmy’s show” and I started wondering how I should transcribe the words when they are pronounced differently. I mean, I’m trancribing the scene in which Mr. Mulvany is in his car on his way to a meeting and he just saw the police. In the episode, Luke makes us notice the way in which Mr. Mulvany pronounces “Calm down”. Should I trancribe it as “don or “dun” or just leave it as it is. I have transcribed several chunks in other episodes where I made myself the same question, like the one with the accents in the Lord of the Rings. With the previous chunks that I trancribed I had written those words the normal way and I might have noted between brackets that they were pronounced with a Scottish accent or Glaswegian accent or whatever…But I keep wondering what should be the right thing to do.
    Anyway Luke, thanks for your episodes and all your work. I have been a listener for over a year and you can’t immagine how much I have impoved, learnt, laughed and even cried. The very first episode I listened to was the one about David Bowie and, yes, it made me cry quite a lot. I’m a huge fan!
    Thank you again and happy Sunday to all of you! :)

    • Hello!
      I think you should write all the words as they are normally spelled in the dictionary, even if Mr Mulvaney pronounces them differently to the standard RP. That’s how he would spell the words if he was writing them.

      Nice one for doing the transcriptions and good luck! I’m really glad you enjoy the podcast. Cheers!
      Luke

      • Keka Mar Tin

        I’ll do it that way then!
        Thank you!

    • Orion team

      You are a great and hard working woman Rebeca. Thank you very much.

      • Keka Mar Tin

        Thank you, Antonio! Not that hard, really. I enjoy so much while doing it!

  • srzh

    #134 The Story of Salvo is ready for improvement.

  • Ptholome

    Again a terrorist attack in London. We are very sorry Luke. For your country and for all the victims and their families from the UK, France and other countries.

  • Orion team

    Hi LUke and Piotr,

    The episode #425 is finished and moved to the finished episodes so everyone can improve it. :)

  • Orion team

    Hi LUke and Piotr,

    The episode #392 is finished and moved to the finished episodes so everyone can improve it. :)

  • Orion team

    Hi LUke and Piotr,

    The episode #188 is finished and moved to the finished episodes so everyone can improve it. :)

  • Orion team

    Hi LUke and Piotr,

    The episode #424 is finished and moved to the finished episodes so everyone can improve it. :)

  • Orion team

    Hi LUke and Piotr,

    The episode #419 is finished and moved to the finished episodes so everyone can improve it. :)

  • Orion team

    Hi Luke and Piotr,
    The episode #423 is finished and moved to the proofreading waiting list.

    • Jack

      Antonio Sir I have proofread episode 423, Kindly check

      • Ptholome

        Thank you mon ami. I saw you were doing it and you can see that it is not boring to wait for another episode. We can proofread more than 150 episodes, correct them and learn from them more deeply than only listening to them.

  • Orion team

    Hi Luke and Piotr,
    The episode #56 is finished and moved to the proofreading waiting list.

    • Thanks team. By the way, I have updated the look of the page with new colours for the buttons. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

      • Orion team

        Great, Love it, The simple the better.