Leveraging and Multiterm: on what basis can the client request discounts for terms in Multiterm?
Thread poster: MFoxTrans

MFoxTrans
United States
Local time: 05:21
Japanese to English
May 2, 2010

Hi, I am pretty knew to the CAT and TM scene, but I was being told by a language provider that not only can/do they use TM's to do leveraging, but they also can use TermBases.

I am trying to understand how that would work. Do they pay a percentage everytime a term that is in the termbase occurs in the source text? What kind of percentages are normal?

I mean, I understand how leveraging works with TM's, since if a segment/sentence occurs in the source, obviously it is going to be worht a percentage of the rate. But how does this work with Terms? And how can they tell? I have Trados 2009 Freelance, and my analysis doesn't seem to separate it out that way. Is professional have a different feature for this?


 

Victor Dewsbery  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 13:21
German to English
+ ...
A discount for typing the word D.I.S.C.O.U.N.T.? May 2, 2010

The client can ask for a discount for anything they like.
The basis is that they want to pay you less and are looking for a reason.
It's up to you whether you agree to give a discount for a terminology list.
I wouldn't (and have never heard of such a thing). But it's your choice.

On the subject of discounts see:
http://mox.ingenierotraductor.com/2010/04/discounts.html


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 12:21
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Just ask yourself May 2, 2010

when you work without a TM and you make a "find/replace" to translate a document do you give a discount to your client? For me it is exactly the same principle...

 

FarkasAndras  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:21
English to Hungarian
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Never heard of it, either May 2, 2010

If they do want a discount, the calculations would be very tricky...
It's probably just a case of "we provide a termbase for this so we'll knock 10% off the final amount".
Not a very palatable idea, although I myself just accepted a job in a similar situation: the rate offered was lower than I'd have normally accepted, but they provided a pretty good client-specific glossary so I took the job (after checking the glossary and the source text and making sure most of the terminology is indeed covered).


 

MFoxTrans
United States
Local time: 05:21
Japanese to English
TOPIC STARTER
Agreed May 3, 2010

Thanks, that was kind of the feeling I got. It didn't seem there was a good way they could accurately leverage those words, and as you point out, they probably don't care much about accuracy, just money.

 


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