How much do you charge for a glossary creation job?
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Constance de Crayencour  Identity Verified
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German to French
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Oct 8, 2010

I was asked by one of my client to create a glossary together with the translation of his documents.

I have no idea of the rate I can apply for this job.

What's yours?

Do you charge per word? Hour? Percentage of the translation price?

Many thanks for your help.



Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
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English to Thai
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I charge by hour Oct 8, 2010

I spent many hours to search and select glossaries and I charge by my hours of labor. It is not reasonable to charge by source word since it is not mere translation of simple texts.

Soonthon Lupkitaro


Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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English to Spanish
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What will each entry contain? Oct 8, 2010

I think we would need to know how much information is required for each entry. I mean, do they require just a simple list of words and expressions in the source and target languages or do they want the entries caterogized, defined, referenced to external documents or websites?

If the simple list, personally I don't usually charge for that kind of work. I have to make a glossary anyway for future reference (I use MemoQ, and with this software you create each entry in just a second), so it's OK for me to hand over the list as a freebie as part of a quality service.

If the customer needs a more complete list with references, definitions, categorisation, etc., I charge by the time taken, at my hourly rate.


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