What pleasure do you gain from being an internet troll Yuli?
I am not trolling: i answered your question - if you hadn't said anythig I would have long forgotten this thread...
As i explained earlier this translation is for a Australian visa application. I need a registered translation company to provide me with a translation.
Im sure you understand it's probably not a good idea to rely on a machine translation from a technology company's webpage for a visa application.
Of course - i realize now that we may not have met here on the BBS under the right circumstances before and so you probably don't know that i work as translator (that would better explain that little joke)...
Fine, i wasn't "ripped off" if the turn of phrase implies the company was deceitful or underhand in any way. The company was very professional with a lawyer on staff for notarizations. Lawyers aren't cheap so im sure their rates accurately reflect the cost needed to make a profit.
Understand... and that what my Google comment was hinting at...
Does anyone know a registered translation company that offers professional work with rates cheaper than 1800NT?
You and i are looking at the same thread, so let's collect the useful data:viewtopic.php?t=65549&start=02
(NT$1500 fee and contact information)viewtopic.php?t=65549&start=02
(NT$700~NT$800 fee and contact information)viewtopic.php?t=65549&start=14
(NT$750 fee; no contact information)
So what is the sensible thing to do? Maybe call up the places where no fee had been mentioned, then consider how far you have to drive to get to any of those places and balance that information against their quoted fees and pick the one that all in all looks like the best deal? Why this talk about being ripped off and looking for more information? If you were a professional translator would you not feel inclined to send a little quip (yeah, sure, it may have been lame, but so what...) in a situation like that?
And I think our recent discussion here has added quite a bit of useful information to this thread: many people have no idea what a good quality translation and notarization costs and will now have ample information to make a good choice, don't you think so? I am actually quite amazed at how little some people charge - i certainly wouldn't do such work for less than NT$1500 a shot. Do you perhaps see now how hunting for something even less than NT$700 will sooner or later lead you to Google Translate? No joke!
And, anyway, if I was translating from and into Mandarin I would have long ago offered you my help, but at the moment that is premature, since I've just started to learn that language (i only do this kind of work from/to Japanese or German and from French or Russian at this time).