Poll: Have you ever translated the wrong file?
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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English to Portuguese
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No, never! Oct 22, 2016

Once the client sent me the wrong file, but fortunately I was quick enough to realize what was happening: I had translated that same file one week earlier, one swift email and the imbroglio was resolved...

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Kuochoe Nikoi  Identity Verified
Ghana
Local time: 20:25
Japanese to English
Not yet but you never know Oct 22, 2016

I haven't translated the wrong file before, but I have sent the wrong file. To the right person, luckily, but it was a multi-part job and I sent a partly-translated Part C instead of Part A, causing much confusion. Nowadays I actually open the file I'm about to send to make sure it's the right one before I hit the Send button.

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Just like “Have you ever cut your pinky finger while preparing dinner?” Oct 22, 2016

I sense biological age regression in the author of this poll question.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 05:25
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
No, never Oct 22, 2016

In 30+ years of translation

I always translate what the customer asks me to - what else am I supposed to do? (obvious rhetorical question)
Now, if they send me the wrong file, then that's the client's problem not mine.


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Seham Ebied  Identity Verified
Saudi Arabia
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Member (2015)
English to Arabic
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Yes, once! Oct 22, 2016

I was about to deliver the project when I realized that I translated a mock-up instead of the original file.
There was still some time, and I had to translate the correct file. Fortunately, SDL Trados helped me a lot.
It is an annoying memory


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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No, never. Oct 22, 2016

Julian Holmes wrote:

In 30+ years of translation

I always translate what the customer asks me to - what else am I supposed to do? (obvious rhetorical question)
Now, if they send me the wrong file, then that's the client's problem not mine.


Same here.


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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 18:25
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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A few times, a few different types of mistake Oct 22, 2016

1. Translating the wrong file or one wrong file in a batch (one that was not supposed to be included);
2. Translating an entire file, when I was supposed to translate only part of it;
3. Translating to the wrong target-language, because part of the document was already translated, and I didn't notice;
4. Translating a file before it was actually authorized by the client, and the authorization never came;

All these have happened to me, and I might be able to think of a few more... but I won't.

[Edited at 2016-10-22 17:35 GMT]


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Ikram Mahyuddin  Identity Verified
Indonesia
Local time: 03:25
English to Indonesian
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Other Oct 23, 2016

I have translated the wrong part of the right file. once or twice.

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jashio  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 22:25
Member (2012)
German to English
I have never translated the wrong file,... Oct 23, 2016

I have never translated the wrong file, but a client once gave me the wrong version of a file to update. I noticed this error, told the client, and was then paid extra to make the appropriate corrections.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 22:25
Member (2006)
German to English
Same here Oct 23, 2016

Julian Holmes wrote:

In 30+ years of translation

I always translate what the customer asks me to - what else am I supposed to do? (obvious rhetorical question)
Now, if they send me the wrong file, then that's the client's problem not mine.


.... but I am not qute that old yet☺


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