Language professionals like writers, translators, editors and proofreaders, benefit immensely from touch typing. Compared to pecking the keyboard, touch typing allows for a greater typing speed and making less typos, as well as allowing to type in the dark and copying a document without having to move your eyes from the paper you’re reading from, in case you don’t have access to OCR software. Truth be told, learning touch typing can be and often is a very time-consuming process. It will force you to slow down and forgo your older typing habits. You will also get very bored of typing random nonsense like jjjj ffff kkkk kjfk, especially at the beginning. But it’s very well worth it.
Where to learn touch typing
There are lots of websites that offer free touch typing courses on the Internet. I tried a few before I finally settled on Good Typing. What sets Good Typing apart is that it’s available in multiple languages and supports a wide array of keyboard layouts. In addition to English, it’s available in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Portuguese.
It requires you to register with an email address, but accessing its content is completely free of charge, with a voluntary donation option. You can access the first lesson without registering and can also take their free typing test.
TIPP10 is a very useful application that doubles as a typing tutor and as a way to practice. It only has lessons for English or German, but if you tweak it a bit, you can use it with other languages and keyboard layouts as well. It’s so good, that we use it here at Tech 4 Freelancers to test the keyboards we review.