Wordfast Classic for Beginners


This training is devoted to setting up and using the general features of Wordfast Classic. A workflow approach from translation quoting to delivery will be used and practical exercises will focus on creating and using glossaries and translation memories, as well as handling references.

Learning Objectives

Wordfast Classic Training

By the end of this training, you will be able to use Wordfast Classic to:
  • Translate, edit and proofread MS Word documents
  • Create a glossary and add terminology to it during a translation session
  • Import glossaries from Excel or Word files
  • Clean-up a document
  • Analyze a document before quoting for time management
  • Use placeables
  • Customize your configuration
  • Run a concordance search across one or several translation memories

Course Outline

E-learning modules to be completed during the week before the training (2 hours):

  • Why use CAT tools?
  • Segmentation, Translation Memory, additional functions
  • Downloading and installing Wordfast Classic
  • Troubleshooting
  • Creating a translation memory
  • Creating a glossary

Classroom training (6 hours):

09:00 - 12:30

How to create a translation memory (TM), Open segments, protecting delimiters, closing a translation session, resuming a translation session, cancel a segment, force segmentation, copy the source segment, expand/shrink segments, provisional segments, revising a segmented document
12:30 - 13:30Lunch
13:30 - 16:50Cleaning up your document after translating
Preview, analyze a document, understand the results of an analysis

Handling placeables: preview, selecting placeables, copying placeables, customizing placeables
Terminology management: preview, glossaries, creating a glossary, opening an existing glossary, using a glossary, insert the target word , open the glossary editor with a word selected, open a glossary scroll-down toolbar
Glossary editor: preview, import terminology, glossary editor shortcuts and methods, the Open button, the Tools button, exercises

16:50 - 17:00Questions & Answers, Evaluations
Alignment using PlusTools (time permitting)

The on-line webinar version of this course consists of two 2-hour sessions. Please see the training calendar for webinar dates and prices.

Prerequisites - IT Requirements

Working knowledge of MS Word and fluent in English.
Trainees must bring their own laptop for the training with an installed version of Wordfast Classic. If you are having problems installing the software please contact trainer before the training day.


The price varies depending on the training location. Please see the calendar for pricing information.

Note: Trainees who have paid for and received a training session of at least one full day are eligible to a discount (over 25%) on a Wordfast license they buy for themselves.

Return on investment or reimbursed!

We guarantee to refund you 100% of the course fee after one month if you haven’t seen a return on your investment. This of course will be based on your honest assessment of whether you have been applying what you learned to translate better and faster.