Transcribeme.com is a site that offers transcription services online to various clients. With that, it also needs freelance transcriptionists to do the job for them. If you are looking for a sideline to earn extra income, have excellent language skills and typing skills, this could be a good fit for you.
Transcribing and captioning has been my side job to earn a personal income since I became a full-time mom. Having your own money, even when your husband supports you a hundred percent, plays a big role in maintaining your self-worth and self-identity as a person. It also helps me get my mind off of things when life gets extreme. Since it is a side hustle, there is no pressure to earn heaps, just enough for my personal savings.
In order to become a transcriptionist at Transcribeme.com, you will have to apply at their website through their “Jobs” page. Here you will be taken to the English Entrance Exam. To pass the language test, you have to thoroughly go over their style guide provided in the page. Read it, because it’s the same document that you will be using all throughout your transcription work with them.
After the language test, you will need to pass three audio tests. On these tests, you will need to manually transcribe what is spoken on the audio files. To make it easier for other aspiring applicants out there, I will share my transcription audio test below.
DISCLAIMER: The audio key transcriptions below are NOT GUARANTEED to be correct. This is just to help you from manually typing the transcriptions. Edit it accordingly in adherence to the test instructions and TM’s style guide. I do not guarantee anything.
I maximized my two tries during my exam. On the first try, two of my audio tests appeared “passed” so I did not edit it. On my second try, those same two audio tests that passed appeared “failed”. With this, I figured that the test is auto checked by AI and auto detects mistakes, even the slightest ones. With that said, your test is expected to be perfect.
According to the online forums, there are four audio files that TM uses, but only gives three in its entrance test. It randomly gives them in any order in different tests. The three below are the ones that were given to my test.
AUDIO EXAM 1
one can proceed to investigate other questions, but lacking that inquiry is necessary curtailed. Now, for example, no biologists would seek to study the development or evolution of the eye without a fairly clear conception of what an eye is, of its essential nature. So it would not [groove?] for example, to say that it’s used to read for language that it’s used to communicate among numerous other users. On the basis of tended of account of what language is, the more far-reaching, the better, that we can proceed to ask how the concepts, principles, and results of this characterization of language inform other inquiries in the study of acquisition, use, rural representation. historical change, evolution and others. Reciprocally, what’s learned about these topics can lead to recasting the basic theory that was proposed. Every sensible approach to language must recognize at least, that it’s used by individuals. And that capacity to use it depends primarily on the proper use of the human brain, that much should be uncontroversial. Accordingly, every approach to language, no matter what it is, presupposes [tiscacity?] a concept that is sometimes called the “I” language”. “I” for internal, individual. Some system that’s internal to an individual, and understood as a biological property of a person. While that is presupposed by all sensible conceptions, whether it’s [technology?] or not, often dangerously denied that, nevertheless, has to be accepted. “I” language itself presupposes non of the others. And in that sense, it’s the most fundamental notion. And when I speak of language here, I mean highlighters in that sense. Something internal to an individual, and a biological object, that probably mostly in the brain. While most elementary property of “I” language is that it’s a system of technically cold and discrete infinity, rather like the indentures. So they’re six or they’re seven, but six and a half is not an indenture. A system of that kind has to be determined by some finite competitional procedure, in technical terms, called the generative procedure which is a special kind of recursive function. So the study of “I” language and it’s core notion is sometimes recursion. Recursion is a concept that’s often misinterpreted. In fact, almost universally, outside of Mathematics, but no, I won’t go into that. Here, I’ll quickly cite the linguistic and psychological literatures [rightful?] this interpretations. But it’s pretty simple, basically, recursive function is anything that you can program for your laptop. As long as the laptop has the capacity to add memory indefinitely, so you can put more and more disks in to it. That’s a recursive function. For example, a program to add numbers. Or if we understood enough, to generate the expressions of the various “I” languages. And in fact, each “I” language can be understood to be just a generative procedure, which yields an unbounded ray of hierarchically structured expressions
AUDIO EXAM 2
you talked about the response to the financial crisis, and perhaps not enough deficit spending as a response. My question is, are deficit spending and increased taxes on the rich tools that should be used in conjunction? Could you talk about their applications and their uses together or alone?
Okay. Let me give you– I’ve been trying to figure out how should we pay for a progressive agenda? Put it that way. There’s a bunch of things we should be doing, we should be clearly spending quite a lot more, especially on children, and we need to be spending on infrastructure, and there’s a whole bunch of things. We’re talking significant amounts of money, and I would say that basically anything that can be reasonably considered to be an investment in the future, it’s okay to finance with deficits. Real interest costs for the US are very, very low. Interest rate is below the growth rate of the economy. You’ve got people like Olivier Blanchard and Larry Summers saying that deficits fears have been vastly overblown. I think we are in a situation where we shouldn’t be worrying much about deficits. However, that doesn’t mean that you can completely blow it away. And so pieces of that program that would require, sustained spending and are really more about social justice than about quite a lot of stuff that’s both investment and social justice, but there’s also a fair bit of stuff that’s just social justice. And I would say that you want to pay for the social justice parts by higher taxes on the rich, so that the two do go in conjunction. I would say that both some increasing or better targeted deficit spending, because we’re doing a lot of deficit spending right now, but we’re running deficits to pay for stock buy backs. But a combination of deficit spending on investment and taxing the wealthy to pay for social programs is the way I would go.
Will you talk about the intersection of trade and corporate taxes and tax avoidance? It seems like we are in an endless game of Whack A Mole with a very inadequate hammer, and I want to understand what the whole picture needs to look like if you could design it.
Okay. Corporate tax avoidance, profit shifting to tax havens is a significant thing, although it’s not a 100% because if the ability to globalize where profits are reported was unlimited, then we wouldn’t have seen a decline in corporate tax receipts after the Trump tax cut. So obviously, corporate taxes were collecting a significant amount of money despite all of that. But to the extent that it is an issue, look, it’s a handful of small countries where this stuff is being– where profits are realized. We really are talking Ireland, Luxembourg, and then the financial industry, British Virgin Islands, that sort of thing. The major economies have got plenty of leverage to force those tax havens to shut down. If we had a coordinated move on the part of the G7 to say, “This must stop,” it would not be at all hard to do it, so you just need an agreement. You need to have progressive governments and enough of the major economies, actually, to a large extent, I think basically, if the British and ourselves would, I think the Germans and the French would go along. Were to say, “We’re going to have a crack down on the tax havens,” that would do it. We were even starting to move a little bit in that direction. So it’s one of those problems that is not hard technically, it’s a political thing. If widespread tax avoidance through the international tax havens persists, it’s because interest groups within the advanced countries want them to persist and the moment we decide that that’s not going to happen, it will stop happening. It’s just an easy problem to solve with the right leadership
AUDIO EXAM 3
At some point, I summarized, all of the studies have been done up until that point, and most of them were running at 80% dream recall from REM sleep, five to 10% of dream recall from non-REM sleep. And in my opinion, there was also a tremendous difference in the description of the content that often, the dream recalls from non-REM sleep would be very abbreviated, very static, containing very little imagery. Whereas the recall from REM sleep is a huge, long, vivid real world type story. Now, frankly, in today, in the year 2004, I don’t quite know what to make of all the controversy, I cannot imagine that the physiological differences between non-REM sleep and REM sleep don’t account for something, the fact that our motor output is inhibited, in this very, very powerful and orderly fashion, and why? So we can elaborate all of the motor output that’s going on in the dream world without jumping out of bed, and there is an illness where that system fails, and you do jump out of bed when you when you dream. If I were young, I might just go over all that ground again, with some new techniques and whatnot to convince myself what is the difference, if any, between non-REM sleep and REM sleep? And I think one would show there are differences. Now, the usual interpretation of these differences today is that number one, they’re mainly quantitative and, and in cats and other animals, there are spontaneous bursts of activity generated in the brainstem, that ow to the rest of the brain that that start to build up in non-REM sleep. And I would say Hobson McCarley, and perhaps others think, okay, there’s kind of a stimulation and non-REM sleep that allows some elaboration of dream imagery. And if it could be shown that this imagery gets more and more intense as you approach the onset of the REM, I think that would be a nice way to look at it. But I did an awful lot of that work. And as far as I was concerned, the recall from non-REM sleep is kind of perfunctory. And once in a while something will come out and I have to say, yeah, I guess, I was biased because I would say okay, this person is prevaricating or confabulating. But those were the exceptions for me. And I think early on, we thought that it was a definition. The exponent of non REM dreaming from the [wreck chef?] and laboratory was a scientist by the name of David Faulkes, and some of his early work, you know, if you said “Oh, yeah, so there was one word, I think I was thinking about a plate and saucer”, okay, that’s a dream. And then there was some work looking at the definition. And I would say that it showed differences. But I want to believe I don’t know why REM sleep is dreaming sleep. Is non-REM sleep also dreaming sleep? I think that question is not an absolute fact, nobody’s really out there taking care of patients who have sleep problems. And although there have been some clinical studies from the research point of view, few Dr. Anthony Kales, and UCLA, nobody had ever offered a service. So in that in the summer of 1970, with great fanfare, we had a press conference, one reporter showed up, we opened the world’s first sleep disorders clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. And we hardly knew what we were doing. But you learn very quickly because we had the all night test. And that was that was tough because the people who licensed medical practice in the states Sacramento couldn’t understand that you’d have a clinic that was open at night. [It’s?] you’re either a clinic or you have a hospital but there’s nothing in between
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