Transcribing

Wow. How much is transcribing a form of torture?

So, you did the interview. It went great. You know you have a good story there. But now you need to trascribe 40 minutes of interview.

Those 2 words you can’t make out. The parts where the interviewee zooms along without a thought to what it’s going to be like for you afterwards when you need to trascribe exactly what they said.

Yes, that is what I’m doing right now. I’ve gotten through 20 minutes of a 40 minute interview. It’s taken me, I think, at least 5 hours. Am I exagerating? I didn’t time it but lots of yesterday and a couple hours today have been spent on this so far.

But the interview is so interesting! I interviewed a 19 year old Jewish guy from Vancouver who spent the year in Israel, but most importantly for the story, 12 days in Ethiopia over Pessach (Passover).

Well, I guess this is the grunt work I wrote about in a former post.

Oy, oy, oy.

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