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New trend: Clients using MT and paying for "proofreading"
Thread poster: Hannele Marttila

Didi18
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Speaking of fish ... Aug 14

Anthony Keily wrote:

Hannele Marttila wrote:

containing a lot of translations like "Loans between breeding butter" for "Credit batch run errors".



I love it!

Years ago, when the EU institutions were trying out MT, I got a French European Parliament text on fishing quotas rendered as mish-mash English, which was full of references to "sinners and sinner's families", "professional sinners", " a traditional sinners' village", "small sinners" and "young and aspiring sinners".



Did they have any recipes for fish or only for poison?


 

Philippe SALMON
United Kingdom
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Member (2013)
English to French
Charge by the hour, but warn early on Aug 15

We only take on this sort of work by the hour. Everyone has had the experience of being asked to "check" or "proofread" a document that needs major work which if you're paid by the word is financially disastrous. On the other hand, we do a lot of work in aeronautics, where a mistake could have disastrous consequences.
We tell clients our rate, emphasising that with 30 years' experience, we work pretty fast, BUT that we will warn them early on if the translation is so poor it will need subs
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We only take on this sort of work by the hour. Everyone has had the experience of being asked to "check" or "proofread" a document that needs major work which if you're paid by the word is financially disastrous. On the other hand, we do a lot of work in aeronautics, where a mistake could have disastrous consequences.
We tell clients our rate, emphasising that with 30 years' experience, we work pretty fast, BUT that we will warn them early on if the translation is so poor it will need substantial revision or a complete re-translation. This seem to work well.
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Old trend,.... Aug 15

.... but in a new jacket. Used to be the 0.01/0.02 € translators, now it is MT (which by the way is an approvement in many cases).

Work is work, so charge your hourly rate, that will teach them.


 

Felipe Tomasi  Identity Verified
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I would say 'no' Aug 17

Simple as that. Time is also a valuable asset.

 
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