How Do You Transcribe Audio to Text in Spanish?

How Do You Transcribe Audio to Text in Spanish?
Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy


In any industry, from insurance and education to legal and commerce, statistics make a solid case to transcribe audio to text in Spanish. If you’re using Spanish to communicate with your clients, customers, or followers or to conduct interviews, depositions, or discussions, Spanish transcription services can help your brand reach a broader audience base.

Keep in mind that for 475 million people around the globe, Spanish is the first language, with 41 million (13% of the population) speakers in the US alone. Some of this population may understand English, but the majority won’t. Even the ones who can, will prefer to read the text in their native language, Spanish. Hence, it’s important to reach out to such people in order to convert them into customers for your business.

Here’s a look at how to transcribe audio to text in Spanish and how it can benefit your business.

Spanish Transcription: What’s in It for Your Business?

  • Increases accessibility of your Spanish content: Not every one that could potentially benefit from your Spanish audio or videos has good hearing. In a world where accessible content is a best practice/inclusion standard for all businesses and creators, you should always transcribe your Spanish audio to text. Your efforts will pay off by making the content more accessible to individuals who use this language but have a hearing impairment.
  • For accurate Spanish audio archives: Spanish transcription services allow you to store your recorded meetings, interviews, or podcasts easily. In the future, you can quickly access your entire transcripts or specific points in the transcribed conversations.
  • Repurposing your audio content: After your podcast, interview, or group discussion has served its original purpose in video/audio format, you can extract more value from it by transcribing to text in Spanish. There are so many ways to repurpose such content, depending on what you do. You could use the transcript for educational purposes, such as a language lesson, or create a blog based on it.
  • Translation: Businesses can transcribe their audio to text to reach non-Spanish speaking audiences by translation. If your competitors are doing this, you don’t have a choice but to join them by transcribing and translating your Spanish audio or videos into English. You’ll be able to reach both audiences with the same high-quality content without having to create it from scratch in the second language.
  • Increase your video views with SEO: Despite today’s advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), search engines like Google can’t tell what a video or audio is about by just “listening.” You have to specify that in words, which is where Spanish video transcription services come in handy for multimedia content creators. When you add a transcript to your Spanish video or audio, Google can easily categorize and rank it based on the included keywords. This SEO practice will increase organic traffic (views) to your digital content by making it easier for your Spanish audiences to discover in search engine results pages.   

How Can You Transcribe Your Audio to Text in Spanish?

With Spanish transcription services, there are two ways you can get your transcribed file automatically or manually. AI-based online tools may be a quicker route to getting your transcript, but they’re typically not accurate enough. If you don’t want your transcripts to get lost in translation, the best option is to use human transcriptionists who are native speakers of the Spanish language.

Here are the general steps to get your audio transcribed to text in Spanish and get a high-quality transcript with human transcriptionists:

Step 1: Sign up for Spanish transcription services online

When you register with your preferred provider, you’ll get access to a transcription dashboard. You’ll be using the platform to upload and manage your files, such as downloading your Spanish transcripts. Inspect the transcription company for their accuracy and privacy before you choose them for your transcription.

Step 2: Upload your video/audio files

Most Transcription services accept multiple file formats for transcribing, including MP3 and MP4. To upload your file, sign in to your online account through your browser. Normally, you don’t need to download an app for this. Also, some platforms allow users to paste the URL of the media for transcription instead of directly uploading it from their PC.

Step 3: Specify the transcription format

Before you transcribe audio to text in Spanish, you should choose a format for the final transcript. Do you want a clean or verbatim transcription that includes all stutters, false starts, or even fillers such as ‘ums’ or ‘ohs’ or a non-verbatim transcript that is grammatically correct? You can also tell the transcriptionist to insert time codes at certain intervals or edit/proofread the text to be grammatically correct. 

Step 4: Add other customizations

Specify the turnaround time depending on how soon you want your Spanish transcript ready, such as within 24 hours. You may need to customize other service details depending on the original audio itself, such as the clarity of the recording or the number of speakers involved. You may also ask the company to provide the transcripts in a special template or format as you need.

Step 5: Transcription work begins

After submitting your order, human transcribers will begin transcribing your audio file to your exact specifications. You’ll be notified through email and on your dashboard when your transcript is ready.

Step 6: Pay and receive your transcript

Depending on your transcription services provider, you may be able to download the transcript via your customer account/dashboard or a download link sent to your email. Check this with your provider and confirm the format of the text file, such as TXT.


If you regularly create Spanish video or audio content, you can dramatically grow your audience with professional transcription services. Creators that learn how to transcribe audio to text in Spanish can also extract more value from their content at a small extra cost. Apart from that, the ability to repurpose recorded interviews, class sessions, or meetings by converting speech to text makes Spanish transcription services a worthwhile investment.

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Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy is the Cofounder & President of GMR Transcription Services, Inc., a California-based company that has been providing accurate and fast transcription services since 2004. She has enjoyed nearly ten years of success at GMR, playing a pivotal role in the company's growth. Under Beth's leadership, GMR Transcription doubled its sales within two years, earning recognition as one of the OC Business Journal's fastest-growing private companies. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids.