Can anyone proofread 23 k English words and 47 k Chinese characters in 4 hours?
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Wenjer Leuschel  Identity Verified
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Jan 28, 2005

這個故事相信會有許多人有興趣了解。

最近我接了個案子,對方說只需四小時就可以完成的審稿工作,價碼給得也真高,所以我就接受了。不過,等稿子到了才曉得不是那回事。我的媽呀!英文字數將近兩萬三千字,中文字數將近四萬七千字。縱使內容有些地方確實是重覆的,但是四個小時審完這麼一件稿子,那簡直不可能,也難怪那家公司給了兩天半的時間交稿。

這倒是個翻譯公司的新招術,把鐘點費抬高,沒先讓你看到稿子,你還以為釣到了一條大魚,稿子到了才曉得原來是一條大鯊魚!


[Edited at 2005-01-28 02:56]


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xxxchance
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啊哈! Jan 28, 2005

原来有经验的翻译人也会上当的!!

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拿來大家娛樂一下 Jan 28, 2005

chance wrote:

原来有经验的翻译人也会上当的!!


對呀!人不能太完美,總要有點缺陷才活得下去。


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Mutual agreement met! Jan 28, 2005

Wenjer Leuschel wrote:

對呀!人不能太完美,總要有點缺陷才活得下去。


終於跟那公司打了商量,他們也蠻明理的,看到數據自己也不好意思,所以主動加一倍時間,我發現稿子也不太難審,所以減了兩個小時還他們。

人就是這樣,禮尚往來,大家都不難過。


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礼尚往来,于人有利于己有利 Jan 28, 2005

如果他们不是有意欺骗的话。

[Edited at 2005-01-28 17:56]


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一點想法 Jan 29, 2005

chance wrote:

如果他们不是有意欺骗的话。

[Edited at 2005-01-28 17:56]


依我的人生經驗 (當然是成功和失敗的經驗都有),成敗的關鍵在於人間互動所建立起來的情感。

比方說,翻譯的文字在我看來應該是平實忠於原文的表達,但在中文裡卻和所有語言中一樣,可以採取許多不同方式表達;我們判斷語文表達正確與否卻常常受到情感的影響。同樣內涵的語句,我們會選擇我們對之具有好感 (即同於己) 的表達,而會排斥讓我們覺得有異於己的表達。

處理這件事情時,我突然想到應該和那家公司打商量,平實敘述那些數據以說明時間計算的疏忽。我想,即使存心欺騙,看到數據還是會覺得需要修正,因此會透過協商以達到雙方都能接受的平衡。

至於選擇合作對象,我個人覺得在互動之中,確實可以逐漸斷定雙方的誠意。只要雙方接觸和互動都符合協商的規矩,慢慢就可以建立互信基礎。騙人家一次稿費讓人做白工的,大體上都會是做不長久的。不過,我覺得合理的稿費往往不是一定的數字,而是協商出來的數字。如果雙方已經協商出一些原則,在非常狀況下需要修改也同樣有正常的協商程序。因此,要保障雙方權益,遵守禮尚往來的規則應該不會錯的。即使存心騙人的,在那樣的互動條件下,為了己身的利益,也會多多少少修正自己的行為。


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