telephone interpreting
Thread poster: Ravindra Godbole

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Nov 29, 2011

How much should I charge for telephone interpreting via skype for a company based in UK?

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Tony Latt  Identity Verified
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Telephone interpreting Nov 29, 2011

You can charge USD 8.15 for every block of 15 minutes of your time on the phone. This is the rate the telephone interpreters are paid by TIS, Translating and Interpreting Services (Government Agency), in Australia.


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tele-translation Nov 29, 2011

Ravindra, you can charge whatever you find proper and your client agrees to pay.
Some five years ago I did telephone translations and I think it is rather difficult: not only lack of visual contact and paraverbal info, but also technical interferences and physical limitations make it rather difficult to proceed.

After my second 'tele-translation' when both sides--my boss and not-so-good-English-speaking foreign vendor constantly interrupted my speaking and thinking, I asked my boss to have a telephone conference or intercom. It was like this: he called me and I called a client, then we had a teleconference so all parties could hear everyone without interruption. It went really smoothly: my boss talked, I translated, our client talked, I translated. No interruptions, no re-asking, no distraction.

As far as my translations were regarding commerce and contracts I was paid about $2/m and sometimes I also got bonuses.

Now I prefer skype or some other means.

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