Client asking how long does it take to finish transcription
Thread poster: Mandy K

Mandy K
Local time: 13:24
English to Arabic
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Jan 15, 2015

Hi all,

I have a client offering a large volume of audio transcription. They asked me how long does it take to finish 20 minutes or 40 minutes etc of clear recorded audio. I transcribed before but still have no idea if there is a standard time to finish transcription.

They need the audio translated then transcribed. From your experience, how long should it take normally to finish a minute of transcribing and translating simultaneously a clear audio. I have to give my client approximate time, so any suggestions or comments from more experienced colleagues will be helpful.

Thank you in advance


Kalyanasundar subramaniam
Local time: 17:54
Tamil to English
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Translation &transcription time Jan 15, 2015

Approximately for one minute of audio run time it would take 14/15minutes.Based on the duration of the audio you can decide how much time you need to finish translation and transcription.


Liza Chase  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:24
Member (2013)
English to German
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1 - 2 days Jan 16, 2015

Hi Mandy,

I would say 1 to 1.5 days for 20 minutes and +/-2 days for 40 minutes.



Morano El-Kholy  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:24
Member (2011)
English to Arabic
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It depends upon your speed. Jan 16, 2015

Dear Mandy,

I would say that it depends mainly upon your speed through the process of writing/translating/precise hearing...

I agree with Liza Chase in her estimation.

Best regards.


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