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Translation into German: How much do you charge for "Zeile"?
Thread poster: Magdalena Reyes

Magdalena Reyes  Identity Verified
Chile
Local time: 04:05
English to Spanish
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Nov 24, 2005

I am a translator English-German into Spanish and normally work with rates based on words.
As the method for charging in Germany or Austria sometimes is different, I would like to have a clue how much could I charge in those cases.

Thanks in advance!
Magdalena


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Fabio Scaliti  Identity Verified
Italy
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German to Italian
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Calculation Nov 24, 2005

Hi Magdalena,

if you want to have an estimate for the Zeilenpreis, you can calculate as follows:

your word rate X 200 = page rate (estimate)

page rate / 25 = line rate

Happy calculations!

Fabio


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Teresa Duran-Sanchez  Identity Verified
Spain
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It´d be useful to use the "Forum search" function Nov 24, 2005

Hola Magdalena

This issue has been discussed thousand of times! If you enter the expression "pro Zeile" in the Forum Search function, you´ll get dozens of threads about this topic.

Personally, I charge between 0.80 - 1.00 Euro per line (original text), although this depends on font size, difficulty etc.

I hope this helps!

Buena suerte

Cidcampeador


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Magdalena Reyes  Identity Verified
Chile
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Sí, sí Nov 24, 2005

thanks to you both for the information. I did search in the German forum and I just found one discussion (not much). I guess in the english forum there will be more.
Thanks again!
Magdalena

[Edited at 2005-11-24 15:36]


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ENGSOL
German to English
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'Zeilenpreis' calculator Nov 24, 2005

Hi Magdalena,

This might help http://www.amtrad.it/feewizardol.php

Thomas


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Nina Khmielnitzky  Identity Verified
Canada
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English to French
Have a look Nov 24, 2005

at this link: http://www.proz.com/post/260278#260278

There's a good calculation method.

Nina


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Stefanie Sendelbach  Identity Verified
Germany
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Definition of Standardzeile Nov 24, 2005

Teresa Duran-Sanchez wrote:
depends on font size, difficulty etc.


The price for a Standardzeile does not depend on font size, but simply on the definition of a Standardzeile. The BDÜ defines one Standardzeile as 55 keystrokes, but I have also seen definitions of 50 or 60 keystrokes. Check back with your client what their definition is.

For translations with German source text this calculation was introduced because some German terms are really long and it would not be fair to count one German term "per word" when it actually translates into several words in the target language.

Good luck,
Stefanie


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Magdalena Reyes  Identity Verified
Chile
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Great! Nov 24, 2005

I'm quite clear now. So, thank you all and have a nice week!!
Greetings from Chile!


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xxxBrandis
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The standard price Nov 24, 2005

as on today is around €0.65 - €1.50 per line comprising 55 strokes including spaces and symbols. This is generally popular in Germany. Your may have to assess the grade of difficulty or any further pre-processing and post-processing work involved, because not all source documents are translator friendly. Some times it is like Mission Impossible.Good luck Brandis

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Teresa Duran-Sanchez  Identity Verified
Spain
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Mainly 55 characters, BUT Nov 25, 2005

Stefanie Sendelbach wrote:

The price for a Standardzeile does not depend on font size


It does for me, since I mainly translate powers of attorney (Vollmächte) I get faxed, so I use the traditional method of counting the lines or charging per page...

But otherwise you´re entirely right, Stefanie, the standard line is 55 characters.

Regards

Cid


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