A few of my favorite online tools for sign language interpreters:
Interpreting Blogs and News
StreetLeverage.com – This blog is a must-read for professional sign language interpreters. The blog’s founder, Brandon Arthur, brings a much needed rigor to the dialogue of our profession. I highly recommend all interpreters and interpreting students follow the conversation to get involved.
Interpreter Forum – A Google Groups forum for interpreters in Washington State. Subscribing to this group is a good way to keep a pulse on our state’s interpreting news. The group represents interpreters of all languages.
General Business Management
Expensify.com – A very handy expense tracking tool (with an app, of course). Take pictures of your receipts, track mileage, send reports to your accountant or upload directly to QuickBooks.
GTimeReport.com – Calculates hours in a Google calendar. I use this to count how many hours I’m working. (I have one dedicated calendar for only my interpreting assignments)
Boomerang for Gmail – Ever forget to follow up on an email because you haven’t gotten a response? Or want to schedule a message to be sent at a time when people are most likely to read it? That’s what Boomerang does, and it’s super handy.
Genius.com – A very helpful song translation site. Click on a line that doesn’t make explicit sense and you can read translations and see visual imagery to help in your interpretation.
Setlist.fm – An excellent resource for preparing for and anticipating concert setlists.
General Interpreting Prep
The Interpreter’s Friend – An oldie, but a goodie. This site was curated by the late David Bar-Tzur, and is a gold mine of resources. Whatever you’re looking for, simply type it into the search bar and you’ll likely find it.