Poll: Overall, how satisfied are you with the quality of your translations?
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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Very Nov 24, 2014

I wouldn't send them out otherwise, he said smugly

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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
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What's the point here? Nov 24, 2014

I am satisfied when my clients tell me and the world that they are very satisfied with the quality of my translations.

Those who try to make me lower my rates don't count; I consider that their 'success' will be in finding someone cheaper to do it, so I don't care.
What I DO care is to have clients feeling reassured that my work is worth every penny I charge them.

Meanwhile I keep myself unsatisfied by default with the quality of my work, considering that no matter how satisfied my clients are, there will always be room for improvement, hence I shouldn't give up on raising the bar all the time.


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Pretty to very satisfied Nov 24, 2014

I'm tough on myself. I'm likely to find things I can improve if I keep re-reading my translations, but I wouldn't deliver a job I wasn't proud of.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Pretty Nov 24, 2014

Sometimes I feel that I could have turned out a more polished version of the text if it hadn't been for the time constraints (deadline pressure), but in general I'm pretty satisfied and I can't remember the last time I got any feedback other than positive.

[Edited at 2014-11-24 10:18 GMT]


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Teresa Borges
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Pretty satisfied and sometimes even very satisfied! Nov 24, 2014

Being modest by nature, this question brought to my mind a quote by Churchill “A modest little person, with much to be modest about”…

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Stephanie Mitchel  Identity Verified
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Indeed! Nov 24, 2014

neilmac wrote:

if it hadn't been for the time constraints (deadline pressure)

[Edited at 2014-11-24 10:18 GMT]


This is it in a nutshell. Then again, without deadlines I'd just keep reworking things forever...


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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other Nov 24, 2014

sometimes very satisfied (when the deadline is very comfortable and I have all the necessary time to re-read everything and then go over it again) others I am pretty satisfied, when I might have done it better.
Other I am not satisfied at all, because although I know the translation is correct, in my own opinion I could have one it much better


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Balasubramaniam L.  Identity Verified
India
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Very satisfied Nov 24, 2014

Naturally

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Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
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Pretty satisfied Nov 24, 2014

There's always room for improvement ^_^

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Maxi Schwarz
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It's an odd question Nov 24, 2014

We're professionals and as such need to meet certain standards. If we can't meet them, then we shouldn't be charging money for what we do. I know what criteria must be met, and how to work to meet them, and I also have my own standards on top of that. If I think I cannot do that with a particular project, then I don't take it on. Now if the question were whether every translation were a work of perfection, a work of art or a model to be held up for all time - then I'd say no. But we have a pragmatic profession having its roots in practicality. It must be accurate, readable, and suit the purposes.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Japanese to English
Pretty satisfied x 2 Nov 25, 2014

Like Triston, I don't rest on my laurels - there is always room for improvement. This motivates me to strive for the unobtainable, the 'perfect' translation.

On the other hand, though, I would not consider delivering something I was not satisfied with.


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