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10 euros an hour
Thread poster: Sabine Fischer
Sabine Fischer
Local time: 06:39
German to Dutch
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Aug 22, 2007

Dear all,

I think is a very good place to meet and greet, but honestly, sometimes I can get quite upset when I see the rates offered by some potential customers.
Just now a job was posted where the people are looking for an interpreter, preferably with a degree in research/marketing and they are offering 10 euro per hour???

My housekeeper makes more money!

I'd rather work as a volunteer than be exploited.

Just something off my chest !

Greetings from a fellow translator (who is a little bit frustrated).


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:39
English to German
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Ignore it and move on Aug 22, 2007

Hi Sabine,
Have a look at the archives - there have been numerous discussions of this kind in the past.

My advice is to simply ignore offers such as this.

Best regards,

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Seamus Moran  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:39
German to English
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I agree Aug 22, 2007

When i see these offers i think:

a) how can they insult my/your intelligence?

b) how can they be so stingy?

Nobody should reply to these ads!

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Local time: 00:39
Whose fault? Aug 22, 2007

Nobody should reply to these ads! [/quote]

Unfortunately there are enough translators who bid for the job...

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Orla Ryan  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:39
it is an ever-playing record Aug 22, 2007

Well, if you pay peanuts, you're going to get monkeys.

However, you always have the right to refuse such rates.

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Local time: 05:39
Some jobs... Aug 22, 2007

... are not strictly translation or interpretation jobs, but jobs every bilingual person could do, or even jobs which require a native speaker of a language other than the employer's. I think it is the case here.

But then, the question would be if such jobs should be advertised here in the first place...


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Michael and Raimunda Poe  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:39
English to Portuguese
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Try this Aug 22, 2007

I was shocked when I saw $0.02 per word and they were not going to count repeated words!

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MariusV  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:39
English to Lithuanian
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hold your emotions Aug 23, 2007

Earlier I used to get nervous too when I received offers like those 10 EUR per hour or 0.03 USD per word. But now I just a proposal, read it, and if I see 10 EUR or 0.03 USD, or something like that, I just delete that and read the next message. Why you should waste your time and energy for such offers?

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Valery Kaminski  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:39
Member (2006)
English to Russian
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$ 2 for 2000 characters Aug 23, 2007

I got one and the same offer from two other sites.
The ridiculous rate (I believe smth like $ 0,005/word) is not the most entertaining feature.

They say their mission is to elevate the earth’s spiritual level!

I 've been trying to imagine the heights that kind of translation can reach...

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