Transcribing an extract aduio file How do you transcribe a 17 second audio file? Thanks. Direct link to the audio:   http://rezafo.com/uploads/audio/Number-1.mp3    

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Unfortunately, experts at eNotes are not in a position to do student assignments in lieu of the student. There is only one method for transcribing an audio file that will fulfill the course assignment requirements and that is to listen and recall and write what you hear.

Play a short bit of the file. A comfortable sized "bit" for a non-native speaker may be 3 to 5 words or a recognizable phrase. Pause the audio. Write down what you heard, or believe you heard. Play the next bit. Pause. Write what you heard or believe you heard.

Continue until you have worked through it once. Read what you have written. Start again at the beginning with play, listen, pause, write, play, listen, pause, write etc. You will recognize words you misheard or misrecollected. At each of these, pause the audio and make the correction.

For instance, the second sentence is "Somehow I ended up on a flight to LA instead." After first hearing it, I wrote it this way: "Somehow I wound up on a flight to LA instead." When I listened a second time, I recognized that I recollected incorrectly and changed "wound" to "ended."

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My natural instinct was to wonder if this could be done automatically by a computer.  If the following post (now two years old) is any indication, we are not there yet:

http://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=67361

However, you may want to look around on Google for "transcibing an audio file" and see if anything more effective has developed in the past two years.

Good luck!

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It's quite easy to do. First play it and listen carefully. Then, listen again and type it as closely as you can. Then repeat the recording, changing words you got wrong or adding words you left out. If it's fast, you might have to do this several times.
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