Rates for translating terminology
Thread poster: Kieran Sheehan

Kieran Sheehan  Identity Verified
Germany
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Member (2008)
German to English
Nov 2, 2005

I have been asked to translate 8 pages of terminology entries and was wondering how to charge for it. Some of the entries are just single words, others are between 2 and 5 words long.

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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Finland
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Finnish to German
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By the hour and be careful... Nov 3, 2005

...that you are really proficient for the matter, because otherwise the job can get out of hand. If later translations are to be based on your list you have to be 100% sure about each entry, that means you need to be a real specialist of that particular field. But never charge by text-amount, because it will take up much more time than normal text.
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Heinrich


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Giuliana Buscaglione  Identity Verified
Austria
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German to Italian
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Per hour / per entry Nov 3, 2005

Hi,

Translating terminology can be a very time-consuming job, both if reference files are provided or not, and I agree that charging per hour would be the best solution. Still, some outsourcers might not be ready to do so.

Personally, I charge per glossary entry applying my rate per line.

Giuliana


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linadia
French to Arabic
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Is this offer fair enough? Nov 4, 2005

Hello,

100 to 150 USD for 700 to 1000 entries.

What do you think of that?

Thanks
Nadia


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Kieran Sheehan  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 23:29
Member (2008)
German to English
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Thanks Giuliana Nov 7, 2005

Giuliana Buscaglione wrote:

Hi,

Translating terminology can be a very time-consuming job, both if reference files are provided or not, and I agree that charging per hour would be the best solution. Still, some outsourcers might not be ready to do so.

Personally, I charge per glossary entry applying my rate per line.

Giuliana



Thanks Guiliana,

I decided to opt for your solution and suggested to the supplier a rate at or slightly below the standard rate per line. Supplier then suggested this just wasn't how things are done and we went our separate ways.

Kieran


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xxxjmd  Identity Verified
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English to Slovenian
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take into account how many terms you will have to research Nov 7, 2005

I agree with Heinrich. However, even specialists have to research new terms. For entries that require research (even if it means only having to double-check or to make a phone call or two a reasonable number is 7 to 10 (new) terms per hour (15 to 20 otherwise - although the number can be as high as 45, in my experience).

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