Taiwan Luthiers wrote:I wonder how translation agencies think, because obviously they think that translators all have no life and therefore can translate 5 pages of text in less than 24 hours.
I got an email from an agency, saying they have 5 pages of stuff for me to translate (file attached too), saying they want it by 9am of April 9th. The rate is fairly decent, in line with what any standard CH-EN translators would charge, however what gets me is the deadline. The mail was sent only this morning.
I wrote back saying that while I can translate the document, I need about 3 days plus a day to check my work in order to translate and therefore I am not able to get it in such a short time.
I guess they don't get that people have stuff to do other than working on Sundays... even if I have no life and have nothing else to do but translate stuff on Sundays, 5 pages in 24 hours is asking a LOT. It doesn't even allow me time to check my work to make sure the target text is correct in meaning and style, not to mention I would pretty much need to rush the thing to meet the deadline. I also would only do an expedited job at a significant upcharge (because I do not like to rush things)
I have not heard back obviously but it looks like someone else is willing to rush it.
Feiren wrote:You should easily be able to do five pages in 24 hours. Otherwise, the economics of translation are probably not in your favor. Three days plus a day to check is way too much.
Taiwan Luthiers wrote:Feiren wrote:You should easily be able to do five pages in 24 hours. Otherwise, the economics of translation are probably not in your favor. Three days plus a day to check is way too much.
Really? I am assuming 1 page contains 1000 characters, if single spaced at normal fonts.
That is about 5000 characters, I don't know about you but that's a lot to ask in 24 hours, at least if you want to submit something that isn't full of errors.
Chris wrote:Assuming default margins and 12-point MingLiu fonts, one page could be just over 1000 characters if it's single-spaced, there are no spaces between paragraphs and the paragraphs are pretty full. One page could also be well under 100 characters if it's very sparse and there are diagrams. The papers I usually work with average 550 characters per page, because they're 1.5-spaced. This comes to about 350 or so English words.
Because "page" as a measure of project size can be pretty meaningless, it's always best to get a character count instead of a page count.
Taiwan Luthiers wrote:It's difficult to get a word count, if its a scanned PDF.
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