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Poll: How frequently do clients provide you with translation memories (TMs)?
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Mar 11, 2006

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avantix  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:18
German to Dutch
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Especially larger projects Mar 11, 2006

I've voted 21-30% of the projects which, however, represent approx. 75% of the total work, because TMs are usually provided for larger projects. For the smaller projects I have to use my own memory, the good old grey cells. However, those can be useful when working with TMs as well sometimes.

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mk_lab  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:18
Member (2004)
English to Russian
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They don't "provide", but rather "force" their TMs Mar 12, 2006

Actually (IMHO), it's rare case when TMs "provided" by customers are really helpfull for us. My experience - is that customer's TMs intended first of all to decrease payment

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Vito Smolej
Local time: 14:18
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English to Slovenian
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A relevant question would also be "How many times ... TermBases" Mar 12, 2006

... which according to my experience is even more important. But, they better be good.

In the project I am on right now it seems they threw the original text into some meat grinder, seasoned it with the plain vanilla X-to-Y vocabullary and - bingo - here's the TermBase for you, sir.

It includes AUF (=ON) and EIN (=ONE) and some other jewels of machine translations. ...

Regarding TM provided: they are indeed memories of translation. With some of them being nightmares.

What am I supposed to do if the 100% repeats (which are supposedly 85% of the whole text) would flunk the language proficiency test?

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Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
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German to French
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Wow! Mar 15, 2006

I can't believe only 25% of us get TM more than 10% of the time. I thought a big amount of the freelancers here were working mosly for agencies - am I wrong? do you have so many direct clients?

I voted 76-100% because when I work for agencies (most of the time), they provide TM on a 99% basis. Only direct clients do not provide TMs (in my case).

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