Poll: Do you work on projects that are divided among multiple translators?
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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other Jul 8, 2015

I prefer not to - I haven't done so for ages.

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Teresa Borges
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Other Jul 8, 2015

I prefer not to, but I have occasionally worked with two former colleagues whose work I trust and very recently I have been collaborating on a HUGE project with three other translators...

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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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No, well Jul 8, 2015

Rarely, but it has happened...

It was usually the type of project (larger with lower rates etc.) that was the problem, not so much the fellow translators


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Occasionally Jul 8, 2015

We keep a running spreadsheet to be sure we're all using the same terminology. That part adds a lot of extra work to the translation. For me, the main drawback is the time spent sharing the terminology. Otherwise I don't mind doing it.

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Occasionally Jul 8, 2015

I prefer to take on a whole project myself, but I don't always want all the different sections!

I might work with others when the project is easily divided into sections, or there are several authors.

It then matters less when there are individual differences between translators.

I have worked on sections that require more knowledge of law than technology, while techie colleagues have gratefully taken on the sections I couldn't cope with!

I have also worked on rushed jobs for tendering, where we coordinated as much as possible, but where delivering in a hurry was more important than elegant style!

I only do it when I am allowed to contact the other translators to coordinate, and of course where there is an agency I trust to keep track of everything.


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Luiz Barucke
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Many times Jul 8, 2015

It's not about what I prefer most, but what really happens.
On huge projects, where possible, I prefer to take the whole thing or an entire section.
But I work on small parts of long-term projects, so I have to share information during the translation, such as term bases and remote TMs. I'd love to embrace the entire world, but I don't have the time needed.


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Not willingly Jul 8, 2015

We all know what happens in a three-legged race, and that's only two people working together

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LegalTransform  Identity Verified
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No, I hate it. Jul 8, 2015

But the days of working on 3 -4 projects each 15,000+ words at the same time are over I guess. Ah, such nostalgia and Weltschmerz...

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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No Jul 8, 2015

No, and I would never knowingly do so. For me its all or nothing.

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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
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Other Jul 8, 2015

I prefer not to.

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Maxi Schwarz
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It has happened Jul 8, 2015

I have done so occasionally for agencies who know their translators very well, and I have collaborated with another translator on occasion. It is a rare occurrence.

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Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
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Yes Jul 8, 2015

I don't usually like working in groups, but I do work with my wife on most projects. It's nice to have a native speaker of the source there to make sense of some of the crazier texts we find (or to read handwriting!).

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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Quite often Jul 8, 2015

Yes, I quite often work on a translation that has been divided among other translators, mainly, it seems, because of the increasing "urgency" of the work I'm offered. Not my choice or preference, of course. As Christine says, these are often tender documents or contracts which can be reasonably well divided into sections.

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