For the purposes of this post, I will define transcription simply as the act of writing down text given the audio. I’ve been doing it for a while now and I think there are several advantages to incorporating transcription into your study regimen.
During my Japanese classes we sometimes had to do transcription exercises. I tended to not enjoy them because, honestly, I sucked at transcription. I still do, but I consider it a really useful exercise for several reasons.
I want to be a translator.
I need experience.
I’ve decided to take some initiative and try doing fun little projects to see what it feels like to translate text. All my projects will be Japanese-English translations.