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Poll: If you work in multiple language pairs, is one of them more profitable for you?
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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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German to English
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Significantly Mar 7, 2013

One is significantly more profitable inasmuch as I get massively more work in it, but the rates I charge are the same for both language combinations.

 

svenfrade  Identity Verified
Germany
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French to German
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Other Mar 7, 2013

I work in three language pairs, two of which (English > German and French > German) are much more profitable than the third (Italian > German). In fact, I have had next to no work in that combination for the past year.

 

DianeGM  Identity Verified
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Dutch to English
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Yes ... Mar 7, 2013

and increasingly so. An ever increasing proportion of my work is NL-EN these days. I still do alot EL-EN too. The proportion of work I do into Greek is ever decreasing - far this year I have only done two small jobs into Greek.

 

Marijke Singer  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Dutch to English
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Same here Mar 7, 2013

Mary Worby wrote:

One is significantly more profitable inasmuch as I get massively more work in it, but the rates I charge are the same for both language combinations.


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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English to Portuguese
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Significantly Mar 7, 2013

I work in four language pairs. Even if I live in Belgium, I have far more work in EN-PT than on my other pairs (FR-PT, ES-PT, IT-PT). In fact, I have had next to no work (8,000 words) in this last combination (IT-PT) for the past year.

 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Danish to English
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Me too Mar 7, 2013

Mary Worby wrote:

One is significantly more profitable inasmuch as I get massively more work in it, but the rates I charge are the same for both language combinations.


I am simply not qualified for specialist work in two of my language pairs, so I don't take on the same kinds of jobs either.

The rates are roughly the same, as the jobs come from agencies, but I may have to work harder, and the jobs are sometimes regarded as 'easy'. Not always - it is an enormous advantage to have family living in Sweden, and the background knowledge is useful too.


 

Mark Hamlen  Identity Verified
France
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French to English
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Significantly Mar 7, 2013

I am forced mostly to work for the same rate for Russian to English and for French to English because of low rates for Russian. However, since Russian has no articles and is highly inflected, 100 Russian words is about the same as 160 French words (French has lots of little words and uses phrases to express what a single word can express in Russian). I continue to do Russian jobs, because they keep me working steadily and because I like it. But it's definitely less profitable.

 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Member (2011)
Japanese to English
I don't work in multiple pairs... Mar 7, 2013

...excluding the occasional Kansai-ben or Kansai dialect to English translation. icon_smile.gif

I do wish, however, that polls are reviewed for incorrect or dubious grammar.

"I only work in one language pair" should be either "I work in only one language pair" or "I work in one language pair only."


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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Swedish pays less well than Danish and Norwegian Mar 7, 2013

And I can't really see why, it just does

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Spanish to English
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About the same Mar 7, 2013

The rate of pay depends more on the client than the language. I do both languages for several clients (mainly international organizations) and the rate is the same regardless of the language combination. That's the way I understood the question.

I do get more work from Spanish than from Portuguese, so in that sense Spanish is more profitable. The demand for Portuguese is picking up, but it wouldn't yet keep me employed full time.

[Edited at 2013-03-07 11:13 GMT]


 

Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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German to English
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Why Mar 7, 2013

Julian Holmes wrote:

I do wish, however, that polls are reviewed for incorrect or dubious grammar.

"I only work in one language pair" should be either "I work in only one language pair" or "I work in one language pair only."


Why so? This looks fine to me ...icon_confused.gif


 

Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
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Turkish to English
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Supply and demand Mar 7, 2013

Chris S wrote:

And I can't really see why, it just does


... and a great may languages pay far, far less than Swedish. Markets are based on supply and demand, not justice, I am afraid.


 

Dave Bindon  Identity Verified
Greece
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Member (2010)
Greek to English
pernickety Mar 7, 2013

Mary Worby wrote:

Julian Holmes wrote:

I do wish, however, that polls are reviewed for incorrect or dubious grammar.

"I only work in one language pair" should be either "I work in only one language pair" or "I work in one language pair only."


Why so? This looks fine to me ...icon_confused.gif


To be strictly correct (although I find it often feels out-dated now) 'only' should be placed as near as possible to the word it relates to. Here we want to say "only one language" so 'only' and 'language' should be placed near each other in the sentence. The way the question is currently worded could (if you were determined to be awkward) be interpreted as "The language pair is something I only work in; I don't dream in that pair."

Getting back to the main topic... I work in only one language pair. I could work in a second pair too, but I choose not to because it's a much more common combination and, therefore, is less profitable (because of supply and demand).


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 10:22
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Off-topic Mar 7, 2013

Mary Worby wrote:

Julian Holmes wrote:

I do wish, however, that polls are reviewed for incorrect or dubious grammar.
"I only work in one language pair" should be either "I work in only one language pair" or "I work in one language pair only."


Why so? This looks fine to me ...icon_confused.gif


"Only" modifies "work" whereas, as Dave rightly says, it should be placed nearer (i.e. preceding or following) the word or word group it is intended to modify. And, I am being determined to be a stickler and awkward here because the original grammar is "awkward." icon_biggrin.gif

Even given the fact that language is in a state of continual flux, I find the original "I only work in one language pair" unacceptable and the other two options acceptable within that definition.

Is there a grammarian in the house tonight?


 
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