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Thread poster: SilviuM

SilviuM
Romania
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Jul 23, 2008

Hello!

A good (Romanian, i.e.) friend of mine has somewhat recently graduated from faculty (Letters, Romanian - English specialisation), and now she's a substitute teacher at a nearby high-school. Also, she's trying to get certified and authorised as a translator for the British English dialect.
Now, how much should she charge per page? I mean, she's quite proficient with English(!) Her pronunciation still needs a bit of more work, but in rest...


Thank you in advance.


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NataliaElo  Identity Verified
Germany
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Student rates do not exist Jul 23, 2008

SilviuM wrote:


Now, how much should she charge per page?

If she thinks she is capable to translate, she should charge normal market prices in her language pair. If she is not capable to do a good translation, she shouldn't translate.

Best regards,
Natalia


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SilviuM
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Thoughts... Jul 23, 2008

Natalia Elo wrote:

If she thinks she is capable to translate, she should charge normal market prices in her language pair. If she is not capable to do a good translation, she shouldn't translate.

Best regards,
Natalia



Right... Well, I never said nor alluded to what she THINKS. I merely ASKED what should she do.
Anyway, thanks a lot.


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Rates calculator Jul 23, 2008

Hi Silviu,
Your friend might want to play around with the ProZ.com Rates Calculator.

Best, Ralf


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SilviuM
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Calculations Jul 23, 2008

Yes, she might.

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Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
Mexico
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Student electrician's rates Jul 23, 2008

How much should a chap charge to install the electrical wiring in your new house if he is still in school learning how to become an electrician? Most people would argue that he shouldn't be offering his services until he has been trained.

My advice to your friend is to finish her studies and in the meantime maybe offer her services as a volunteer to gain experience.


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SilviuM
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Motivations Jul 23, 2008

My friend's motivation is hers alone. As for volunteering, old story. Been there, done that... And I do NOT think that I asked for such "pieces of advice". So, leave ALL chaps be(!)

P.S. The calculator suggestion had proved useful to both of us; no need to prolong it.


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Germany
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Your friend Jul 23, 2008

Silviu,

My friend's motivation is hers alone.

How about asking your friend to come here and post herself?

And I do NOT think that I asked for such "pieces of advice". So, leave ALL chaps be(!)

P.S. The calculator suggestion had proved useful to both of us; no need to prolong it.

Well, in that case, may I suggest to specify what type of advice will be welcome?

Trying to come up with a price per page without knowing the precise circumstances reminds me of the proverbial piece of string.

Regards,
Ralf


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SilviuM
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Aces in proverbs? Jul 23, 2008

Ralf Lemster wrote:

Hi Silviu,
Your friend might want to play around with the ProZ.com Rates Calculator.

Best, Ralf


That's good enough. I haven't paid enough attention to the calculator.

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Ralf Lemster wrote:

How about asking your friend to come here and post herself?


Who knows...

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Ralf Lemster wrote:

Trying to come up with a price per page without knowing the precise circumstances reminds me of the proverbial piece of string.


Good we're aces in proverbs!


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xxxJPW  Identity Verified
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Here's a wee solution... Jul 24, 2008

Hello!

A good (Romanian, i.e.) friend of mine has somewhat recently graduated from faculty (Letters, Romanian - English specialisation), and now she's a substitute teacher at a nearby high-school. Also, she's trying to get certified and authorised as a translator for the British English dialect.
Now, how much should she charge per page? I mean, she's quite proficient with English(!) Her pronunciation still needs a bit of more work, but in rest...


Thank you in advance.


1. Charge as much as the going/average rate in her chosen language combination(s).

2. Charge as much as she likes.

3. Charge as much as thinks she's worth.

4. Charge as much as she can get away with.

That probably covers just about everything.


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Allesklar  Identity Verified
Australia
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one more Jul 24, 2008

John Paul Weir wrote:

That probably covers just about everything.


Except the most common one:

5. Accept whatever she is offered.



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Ivana Friis Wilson  Identity Verified
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Allesklar Jul 24, 2008

"5. Accept whatever she is offered."

Sad but true...


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ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
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There is no such thing as a student's rate Jul 24, 2008

All the people who replied so far were unable to provide a student's rate - that's because there is no such thing. Some tried to help despite the fact that the question is senseless - the attitude they were faced with in reply will teach them to try to help again...

Provided I don't get scolded for doing so, let me provide my own piece of advice to you: try to charge as much as you can get away with - it will already most likely be inferior to what you're worth, and if it isn't, most will try to push your rates further down.

As for offering advice to your friend - sorry, I don't use messengers.


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xxxsavaria
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Professional in one language pair,student in another - how to charge and how to get this understood Jul 24, 2008

What to do if one is a student translator/interpreter in a language language pair and already a graduated interpreter/translator from another language pair?
How to get this understood with clients?


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Paola Dentifrigi  Identity Verified
Italy
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same as before Jul 24, 2008

Gábor Széles wrote:

What to do if one is a student translator/interpreter in a language language pair and already a graduated interpreter/translator from another language pair?
How to get this understood with clients?


If you're still studying a language, you shouldn't provide services in that language. Full stop. Should I translate from Croatian asking 2 cents, because I studied it for 2 years at Uni and I'm a professional translator from PL? Come on, let's be serious.

Paola


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