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Rates conversion: per-word vs. per-line
Thread poster: Tanja Wohlgemuth

Tanja Wohlgemuth  Identity Verified
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English to German
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Apr 2, 2002

I know this question has come up before, but I can\'t find the thread anymore... So I hope you don\'t mind my asking again: how can one convert rates, i.e. if I usually charge x Euro per source word, how do I get my rate per page with 25 lines with 60 characters each? I have no idea how many words there would be in such a page...

Thanks ever so much for your help!

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Local time: 15:36
French to English
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"long method" Apr 2, 2002

This probably isn\'t the shortest way to do it but if I had to do the same conversion I would take an \"average\" text (1 or 2 pages long) and set the margins etc. so that the numbers of characters per line and number of lines per page match (60 car./line, 25 lines/pg).

That\'ll tell me how many \"feuillets\" (that is what you need to rate, right? un feuillet français??) there are in the document.Then divide the total number of words by the total \"pages\" = words per \"page\"...

Et Voilà !

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Geneviève von Levetzow  Identity Verified
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Ausrechnen Apr 2, 2002

Hallo Tanja,

vielleicht hilft\'s weiter:

Zeichen mit Leerzeichen % 60 (in diesem konkreten Falle) = Zeilenanzahl

Zeilenanzahl x n € = Gesamtpreis

Gesamtpreis % Wortanzahl = Wortpreis

Herzliche Grüße


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Giuliana Buscaglione  Identity Verified
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Rate per Word X 8.8 (Words per Line) Apr 2, 2002


Your rate per word X 8.8 (words per line). I use this \"theoretical number\" of words per standard line the opposite direction, as I normally charge per line (55 strokes).


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Werner George Patels, M.A., C.Tran.(ATIO)
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Factor 8.8 Apr 2, 2002

That\'s a good approximation.

If you want to get a better idea, you can take any of your previous translations (in WORD) and do the following:

- under \"Properties\", check the word count

- check the number of characters (including spaces)

- take the number of characters and divide them by 55 (or 60) ==> number of lines

- take the full amount you charged for this translation and divide it by the number of lines ==> and you\'ll arrive at a price per line that corresponds to your rate per word.

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Johanna Timm, PhD  Identity Verified
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Lines vs. word count Apr 2, 2002

I asked the same questions some months ago in the German section and received many useful hints.

Good luck!

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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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Lines vs. word count Apr 3, 2002

In my opinion you should take some (3 or 4) big textes each in your source and target language. Then estimate the number of characters (including spaces) and the number of words (simply using Microsoft Word). Dividing number of characters by number of words you get the average characters per word. Then divide the line length you usually charge by the average word length - that is the number you are looking for.

For the German an Polish language the good approximation is 7 word per line (DIN-Line with 55 characters including spaces)


J. Czopik

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