Language is a vital part of every culture of the world. It is central to human communication, allowing us to express ourselves, learn, and pass information.

Every people group has a spoken or signed form of its language; however, not all people express themselves through written means. Many communities of the world are oral cultures, using verbal communication for every aspect of their lives. The world is flooded with journals, textbooks and articles that help literate people learn, but there are few resources created for oral learners.

Render was made to serve the oral communicator.

Render is a software tool that guides oral communicators in creating culturally relevant oral materials for their own language group. It was developed and designed with the oral communicator in mind, guiding the user through an entirely oral translation process by listening and speaking.

How Does Render Work

Render supports the loading of one or more audio recordings that act as a reference for translation. Users listen to the references and translate orally into their own language, recording their translation in Render. The software acts as a file management system, sending and receiving files between users, providing the user with a seamless and easy-to-use interface.

Is Render The Right Tool For My Project?

Here are a few points to keep in mind when deciding if Render would be a good tool to use for your translation project. To see all the steps that it takes to start a Render project, download the Project Preparation Checklist here.

Render works with translation organizations who provide translation personnel and expertise. Render will provide the software as well as audio expertise. If you are not a part of a translation organization, consider connecting with local in-county translation groups.

The Render process necessitates a qualified consultant who will check the translation. Explore different connections with local translation partners who may be able to put you in contact with a consultant. You will also need a number of different people with various skill sets, specific roles and expertise can be found on our Personnel List.

Render runs on Windows devices - desktops, laptops, and tablets. It is optimized for touchscreens, but can also be used with a mouse. Depending on the project, you will need three to seven Windows devices and headset mics. This number includes separate devices for the advisor and consultant, download Project Equipment Specifications or see the Project Resources Page for more information.

If you are interested in using Render, our Project Timeline has more information about partnering with Render.

If your project has been approved by your translation organization, please Request a Project.