Other Links of Interest

The fifth and final section of useful links and resources for translators and interpreters gathers together resources that are not strictly translation, interpreting or business related but may, nevertheless, be of interest to professional translators and interpreters.

The categories in this section are:

Codes & Shortcuts / Lifestyle / Meetings /

Music & Background Sounds / Nature & Environment /

News & Politics / Photos / SEO / Sport & Exercise / Sundry /

Travelling & Holidays / TV & Films / World Time

The other four sections of useful links and resources for translators and interpreters on separate pages are:

general dictionaries and glossaries

subject-specific dictionaries and glossaries

writing-related resources

translation-related tools and links

It is worth checking with your University to see whether they have agreements in place for you to access some of these resources free of charge.

Last updated September 2021

Codes & Shortcuts

  1. Alt Codes list of Alt key codes, symbols and characters
  2. ISO Language Codes
  3. Keyboard shortcuts in Windows
  4. RGB Color Codes Chart
  5. Unicode character table
  6. Windows – Alt Key Codes


  1. BuyMeOnce a site combating our throwaway culture with info on products built to last
  2. CodeCheck app for smartphones to check food and cosmetics are free from toxins
  3. Fashion Revolution
  4. Good On You sustainable and ethical fashion brand ratings
  5. GuppyFriend washing bag for your machine
  6. Haulternative Guide by Fashion Revolution
  7. Sleepyti.me helps you calculate when you should go to bed based on 90-min sleep cycle & average time to fall asleep of 15 mins
  8. Nutrition Calculator by BBC Food: Are you getting all the nutrients you need?
  9. The Game Changers a film that could change your life
  10. The Minimalists a site for clearing the physical and emotional clutter from our lives
  11. Veggiebag.net by feelhome
  12. Workrave program that can help prevent RSI by telling you when to have a break
  13. Zero Waste Home Office tips to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot

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  1. Meetup online groups worldwide gathering people with similar interests for virtual and in-person meetups
  2. Wonder.me virtual space with rooms for meeting and talking
  3. Zoom for audio or video conferencing and webinars

Music & Background Sounds

  1. Brain.fm (free trial)
  2. Calmy Leon relaxing music and sounds
  3. Coffitivity background coffee-shop noise to aid creativity
  4. Focus@Will specially sequenced background music to increase your attention span (15-day free trial; from $6.25 per month)
  5. myNoise customisable soundscape website to aid concentration
  6. Noisli ambient sounds (e.g. rain, seaside, train, coffee shop & white noise), plus timer and distraction-free text editor
  7. Radio Garden live radio around the world
  8. Rain.today white rain noise
  9. Spotify (free with ads; premium from £9.99 per month)

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Nature & Environment

  1. Top Wildlife Experiences Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
  2. Webcams The Wildlife Trusts

News & Politics

  1. ABYZ News Links
  2. FactCheck.org monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major US politicians
  3. Full Fact UK’s independent fact-checking charity
  4. Hoax Slayer fact-checking site
  5. Kiosko.net current newspaper front pages around the world
  6. Nuzzel news feed based on what your connections are reading on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook
  7. Our World in Data research and data visualisation of worldwide human civilisation
  8. PolitiFact fact-checking US politics
  9. Politwoops all deleted tweets from politicians
  10. Pro-Truth Pledge pledge to fact check before sharing & honour the truth
  11. Snopes fact-checking site
  12. TheyWorkForYou parliamentary monitoring website. Find out how your MP is representing you.
  13. WriteToThem write to your UK local and national politicians for free

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  1. Can Stock Photo royalty-free stock photographs (cost from $9 for 12 credits)
  2. Creative Commons
  3. Flickr
  4. Fotosearch royalty-free stock photographs (cost from $3-12 per value image; credits and subscriptions also available)
  5. Getty Images
  6. GoGraph: Stock Photography (cost $3-8 per photo; credits and subscriptions also available)
  7. Gratisography free photos by Ryan McGuire
  8. iStock by Getty Images
  9. New Old Stock vintage photos free of known copyright restrictions
  10. Pexels free stock photos
  11. Picjumbo free photos
  12. PikWizard free photos, no attribution
  13. Pixabay free high-quality images
  14. SplitShire free stock photography
  15. Unsplash free high-resolution photos

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  1. AnswerThePublic free visual keyword research tool
  2. Backlink Checker ahrefs
  3. BuzzSumo analyses content to see what performs best for any topic or competitor
  4. Copyscape plagiarism checker
  5. Google Trends info on top search queries
  6. Headline Analyzer – Emotional Marketing Value by Advanced Marketing Institute
  7. Headline Analyzer Studio by CoSchedule
  8. Link Explorer by Moz
  9. Online Broken Link Checker
  10. OpenLinkProfiler analyses links of any website for free
  11. SEO Glossary by SEO Book
  12. Xenu’s Link Sleuth find broken links on websites

Sport & Exercise

  1. Breeze Rides HSBC UK organised bike rides for women
  2. Elliott Line for parkrun stats
  3. Find a Race for running, cycling and swimming
  4. Fix Events for runs, triathlons and other multisport events
  5. Get Britain Standing information on how to stop sitting all day
  6. Great Run Local 2k and 5k on Sundays
  7. My Favourite Running Links
  8. NHS Fitness Studio exercise videos including Pilates & yoga
  9. Parkrun 5k runs organised every Saturday at 9.00 a.m.
  10. Parkrun – Christmas & New Year Compendium 2019/2020
  11. Parkrun Volunteer Hub
  12. Race For Life running for Cancer Research UK
  13. Running Pace Calculator
  14. TimeOutdoors for running, cycling, walking and more
  15. Vegan Runners UK

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  1. Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)
  2. Adzuna job search engine & ValueMyCV
  3. Bookshop an alternative to Amazon supporting local bookstores
  4. Camtasia computer screen recorder and video editor
  5. Canva design program
  6. ClipX free clipboard history manager
  7. Committee on Publication Ethics COPE
  8. Dollar Street see how people from all over the world really live (project by Anna Rosling Rönnlund)
  9. Encrypt.me VPN (Virtual Private Network)
  10. Findmypastdna ancestry DNA testing
  11. Forebears search for genealogical records and meanings & distribution of surnames
  12. HSTalks Business & Management Collection audiovisual presentations
  13. Iconfinder search engine for vector icons
  14. Speedtest by Ookla the global broadband speed test
  15. Summary of Intellectual Property Rights The UK Copyright Service
  16. The Calculator Site finance, health, cooking , maths and science
  17. Thriva home blood-testing kits (UK) so you can track your long-term health
  18. Unit Converter calculator & metric conversions plus engineering, heat, fluids, light & binary converters, financial, date & time calculators & more
  19. Worldometer interesting real-time worldwide statistics

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Travelling & Holidays

  1. BorrowMyDoggy for walks, weekends and holidays
  2. Bournemouth Beach Webcam
  3. DogBuddy find a dog sitter for boarding, day care or walks in the UK
  4. First Choice UK-based online travel agency and tour operator (TUI subsidiary)
  5. Fly Me Anywhere
  6. HouseMyDog dog boarding, sitting and walking in the UK
  7. KAYAK travel site search engine
  8. MyClimate non-profit climate protection organisation with footprint calculator & carbon offset suggestions for flights, driving, heating, etc. (EUR, CHF, GBP & USD)
  9. Rover.com home dog boarding in the UK
  10. Skyscanner for searching flights, hotels and car hire
  11. The Man in Seat Sixty-One worldwide train travel information
  12. Trainline UK rail and coach platform
  13. TrainSplit split ticketing site to save on fares
  14. TrustedHousesitters find someone to look after your house and pets while you’re away, worldwide
  15. University Rooms book stays in university accommodation when not in use by students
  16. Visa List visa requirements and document checklist for 238+ countries

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TV and Films

  1. Internet Movie Database IMDb
  2. Marquee TV productions by The Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Opera House, English National Ballet, etc.
  3. MUBI film website focusing on international arthouse cinema (£9.99 a month; free trial available)
  4. Netflix for films and TV programmes
  5. National Theatre YouTube channel
  6. The Shows Must Go On! Andrew Lloyd Webber’s YouTube channel

World Time

  1. timeanddate.com World Clock, Time Zones, Calendar, etc.
  2. worldtimezone.com World Time Zone Map

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Images by: 1) Quang Le; 2) Pexels; 3) Free-Photos; 4) mdgrafik0, all from Pixabay

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