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Poll: How many words have you translated as of today in 2015?
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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Other Feb 2, 2015

I have no idea!

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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
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Turkish to English
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18,000 > 28,000 Feb 2, 2015

About 18,000 source words/28,000 target words (I work in a language pair in which there is a large expansion). There has been quite a slow start to the year for me.

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Phoebe Indetzki  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:23
German to English
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>200,000 in 32 days???!!! Feb 2, 2015

So far, of 96 respondents, 11.5% claim they have translated OVER 200,000 words so far in 2015!!! Considering we're only 32 days into the year, this is mind boggling!

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Exactly 35685 words Feb 2, 2015

No CAT tools...

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Hooray for Teresa! Feb 2, 2015

Teresa Borges wrote:

No CAT tools...


I defy anyone to do better than that *with* CAT tools!


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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Other Feb 2, 2015

I haven't a clue! And I actually find the question irritating. It would take me at least half an hour to work out and I have more pressing things to do with my time.

[Edited at 2015-02-02 09:51 GMT]


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Golembusch  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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New Feb 2, 2015

In recent months, potential new clients asked me how many words I had translated in the years before. Very detailed, per field of expertise.

Is this a new trend? I could only offer some estimates.


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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
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Estimation Feb 2, 2015

amount invoiced in Jan divided by word rate--> 20-50kwords

Philippe


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Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
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No idea Feb 2, 2015

I haven't got time to count the words, I just get on with the job.
Agencies do the word count, I only count the jobs for my direct clients.


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Mónica Algazi  Identity Verified
Uruguay
Local time: 13:23
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English to Spanish
I couldn't care less Feb 2, 2015

As long as work keeps flowing in during the traditionally quiet summer months of the Southern Hemisphere.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 18:23
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Other Feb 2, 2015

LOTS!

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Japanese to English
Over 200,000 Feb 2, 2015

But these are source characters and almost all of the stuff was technically related with lots of repetitions done with a famous CAT beginning with "t" and ending in "s".

Being a J>E translator, final word count has absolutely no relevance to me. It's source characters, source characters.

Like Monica says, if the work keeps on flowing in, that's all that matters. icon_smile.gif


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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
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No idea Feb 2, 2015

I could find out, but don't have the time, so I thought of the same (not very accurate) method as did Phillipe. And with the same result.


Philippe Etienne wrote:

amount invoiced in Jan divided by word rate--> 20-50kwords

Philippe


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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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I'm amazed Feb 2, 2015

that so many people claim they don't know/care how much work they did in January.

You must have records for your invoices; you must count words for your quotes and to plan your workload; at the very least you must have a vague idea of how many words you normally translate per day/week and how busy you've been; it's pretty basic maths.

After converting hours of editing and copywriting into words of translating, I did about 40,000.

[Edited at 2015-02-02 11:52 GMT]


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