1,300 word sample test
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xxxToon Theuwis  Identity Verified
Belgium
Local time: 06:58
English to Dutch
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Feb 9, 2017

A job was just posted with the following specs:

Required to take a test translation of 1,300 words
Rate between $0.01 - $0.02 (edit: not for the sample!)

Don't know if I should laugh, cry or just not care.

Edit: I should add it's for a 'dark romance novel' (72,000 words). Not that it makes a difference though

[Edited at 2017-02-09 20:46 GMT]


 

Elif Baykara Narbay  Identity Verified
Turkey
Local time: 07:58
German to Turkish
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That's cute! Feb 9, 2017

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Lianne van de Ven  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 00:58
Member (2008)
English to Dutch
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Go to Babelcube Feb 9, 2017

I read your post wrong, I thought they would pay $.02/word for the test translation, but it's for the entire 78K! I wish proz.com would not allow job postings that don't meet minimum requirements, or at least that I would not be notified of jobs that don't match my minimum rates. Now that I think of it... I thought I already had selected such setting.... Yup, this is all out there, increasing your awareness...

 

Robert Rietvelt  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:58
Member (2006)
Spanish to Dutch
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"Don't know if I should laugh, cry or just not care" Feb 9, 2017

All 3 of them!icon_smile.gif

Where is the client located? Mars?

[Edited at 2017-02-09 22:55 GMT]


 

jyuan_us  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 00:58
Member (2005)
English to Chinese
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I got this email today from someone located in Palestine Feb 9, 2017

His initial email looks like this:

"I want to translate my project from English to
Chinese.
Can you do it ?
0.01 USD per word
nice to deal with you"

I decided to play with him, so I wrote him back saying "OK. Let me see the file so that I can tell you if I can do it or not".

I got this reply fro him:

"I will sent a test paragraph, please translate it to prove your ability to do it .
Then I will sent to you the project to translate it .
In 12 hours please .
Nice to deal with you".

Are these people insane, or just scammers? I guess scammers are supposed to offer something much better, maybe 10 times of his price.


 

Michael Newton  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 00:58
Member (2003)
Japanese to English
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1,300 word sample test Feb 10, 2017

If this agency contacts 55 translators who are each tasked with providing a sample of approximately 1300 words, the entire book can be translated for free.

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 06:58
Member (2009)
English to German
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Let me guess Feb 10, 2017

The entire project consists of 1,300 words. If not, they'll find enough people (not real translators!) to complete the job. Admittedly, I didn't read that job post. Still, nice try, and... better luck next time.icon_biggrin.gif

[Edited at 2017-02-10 07:00 GMT]


 

Matthias Brombach  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 06:58
Member (2007)
Dutch to German
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Next step: Feb 10, 2017

jyuan_us wrote:

I decided to play with him, so I wrote him back saying "OK. Let me see the file so that I can tell you if I can do it or not".

I got this reply fro him:

"I will sent a test paragraph, please translate it to prove your ability to do it .


Next step would be to send back the "test" completely translated by GT and wait for their reactions...
I guess they will not realise it.

[Edited at 2017-02-10 08:02 GMT]


 

Maija Cirule  Identity Verified
Latvia
Local time: 07:58
Member (2014)
German to English
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I think that you should feel Feb 10, 2017

Toon Theuwis wrote:

A job was just posted with the following specs:

Required to take a test translation of 1,300 words
Rate between $0.01 - $0.02 (edit: not for the sample!)

Don't know if I should laugh, cry or just not care.

Edit: I should add it's for a 'dark romance novel' (72,000 words). Not that it makes a difference though

[Edited at 2017-02-09 20:46 GMT]


a deep contempt for colleagues ready to work for peanut skins. If there were no such "translators", there would not be such "assignment offers".


 

Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Local time: 06:58
German to Serbian
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The book. Feb 10, 2017

Michael Newton wrote:

If this agency contacts 55 translators who are each tasked with providing a sample of approximately 1300 words, the entire book can be translated for free.


That'd be a lovely book to read, patch-work book. "Dark" romance novel indeed, the patch work would add an additional layer of darkness.


 

philgoddard
United States
Member (2009)
German to English
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Why don't they crowdsource it? Feb 10, 2017

They could ask 72,000 translators each to do one word for free.

 

Lifegenetics
United States
Local time: 00:58
Russian to English
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Long samples Feb 10, 2017

Hello, dear members.
I am pretty new here. However, I already could see a very strange selection method for translators.
I am a very knowledgeable specialist in gene therapy and similar. There are many terms and reaction description in this new technology field that only those, hands-on-specialists, would know.
Regular translators (with all due respect to other translators) would not have the knowledge without appropriate experience.

So about a year ago I applied for just such a project, in which I new I could give the best translation. I received several pretty long samples. I translated all of them. Some samples for editing had very bad mistakes, and I corrected them. I spend several hours (~5) of my time.
So what? You can guess. I did not get a job. I was very surprised.
Now I can see that these types of jobs advertised here periodically.
I do believe, that some translators use newbies (however, experts in the field) like me to "help" translating some specialized new technology texts.


 

Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:58
French to English
72,000 shades of translation Feb 11, 2017

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Jacqueline Sieben  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 06:58
Dutch to English
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Indeed unbelievable Feb 13, 2017

... that Proz.com allows these types of posters, the combination of max $0.02 per word AND the requirement of an unpaid 1300-words test, do they take us for fools?

 


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