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recording • outsourcing • digital
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  1. When you work with a group of assistants, you don't even need to have an office.
  2. International can be a problem because people within the country lose their jobs.
  3. The quality of this is really bad. I can barely hear it.
  4. I find it more to prepare big portions of food on the weekends that I can eat during the week.
  5. Rocking back and on a boat can make some people feel sick.
  6. They him not because of his education but because of his experience.
  7. When you first start doing private lessons, you will probably have to many different clients.
  8. As evidence for the case, we will need a of all phone calls he had while in jail.
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1245 Outsourcing

Todd and Julia talk about how now many things can be outsourced around the world.

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Do you do everything on that site, like the recordings and editing?

A 'recording' is sound saved on a tape or disk and can be replayed many times. Notice the following:

  1. How many recordings are on elllo.org?
  2. The doctor makes short recordings after seeing each patient.



Now I actually outsource to do things on the site.

When you 'outsource,' you contract people outside your company or in another country to do a specific task. Notice the following:

  1. We are hoping to outsource a few more jobs this year.
  2. Do you think outsourcing is a good idea?

digital assistants


I just find people, like digital assistants online, and they specialize in one thing.

A 'digital assistant' is someone who helps you with your work via the internet. Notice the following:

  1. Do you use digital assistants, or do the people actually work in your office?
  2. Digital assistants are becoming more popular every year.



You can find someone who's a photo editor and then you hire him.

You 'hire' someone when you contract him to do a specific job for you. Notice the following:

  1. Our company has hired 6 new people in the last few months.
  2. We are looking for someone to hire next month.



I know that the transcriptionist does transcription work for many different companies.

A 'transcription' is a written copy of spoken words. You can read what is said being said on an audio recording. Notice the following:

  1. I don't think transcription would be very easy work.
  2. Many court cases have transcription files that go with them.



They'll work for many people, so they'll just cobble together many contracts with different people.

When you 'cobble' things together, you put them together in a group or combine them. Notice the following:

  1. We don't have much food in refrigerator, but I'm sure I can cobble together something for lunch.
  2. It felt like the whole party was just kind of cobbled together at the last minute.

back and forth


Sometimes they email me, and we just contact back and forth.

Contacting someone 'back and forth' involves them contacting you and you responding and repeating like this. Notice the following:

  1. Texting makes back and forth communication very easy.
  2. My dog has so much energy that she has just been running back an forth across the yard for the last 20 minutes.



It's very convenient.

If something is 'convenient' is a very easy and accessible way to do something. Notice the following:

  1. Do you think shopping on the internet is too convenient?
  2. It would be more convenient if this coffee shop had a drive-thru.