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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
Local time: 10:30
Member
German to English
+ ...
Other Feb 2, 2015

I have no idea!

 

Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 12:30
Turkish to English
+ ...
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.

 

Phoebe Indetzki  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:30
German to English
+ ...
>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!

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 10:30
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Exactly 35685 words Feb 2, 2015

No CAT tools...

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 02:30
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
Hooray for Teresa! Feb 2, 2015

Teresa Borges wrote:

No CAT tools...


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


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 11:30
Spanish to English
+ ...
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]


 

Golembusch  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 11:30
Member (2014)
English to German
+ ...
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.


 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 11:30
Member
English to French
Estimation Feb 2, 2015

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

Philippe


 

Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:30
Italian to English
+ ...
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.


 

Mónica Algazi  Identity Verified
Uruguay
Local time: 06:30
Member (2005)
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.

 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 11:30
Member (2006)
German to English
Other Feb 2, 2015

LOTS!

 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 18:30
Member (2011)
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


 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 11:30
Member (2012)
English to Danish
+ ...
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


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
+ ...
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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