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Translating dialects. Do you charge more?
Thread poster: Rad Graban

Rad Graban  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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English to Slovak
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May 14, 2007

Translating for HM Prison Services, I get a fair bit of texts written in regional dialects. These are nothing like standard Slovak, but being brought up in the enviroment using them I do understand them and can do the job. Should I charge more for it or stick to my standard rate
(I have so far) and try to impress? I don't think anybody else can understand it.

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Ask for a little bit more. May 23, 2007

With uncommon dialects, I think you would be justified in requesting a little bit more!

The way you describe it, it is not exactly a "standard text", so I wouldn't charge a "standard rate". If there aren't many people who can understand the dialect, it is unlikely that somebody will undercut you with a cheaper offer, and if your client needs the translation, and can afford it, he will pay.

Why not up the price slightly if you want to continue to impress, or negotiate with your client if you think you deserve a lot more?

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