I may need a translation done. It'd be from German to English and not using Google translate or the like but a proper human. It's not a technical document and uses common words. It could be in the range though of 80,000 words or more. More along the lines of a book than anything else. I'm willing to pay for it. Any ideas?
Hello Mark; the only qualified translator I know is very busy now. One ides would be to look at Linkedin. You might want to try changing your thread title; when I clicked on it, I thought it would be a discussion of translation issues in general. Something indicating that you are seeking a qualified German translator.
there are a few german-to-english translators where i work, so i could ask around if anyone is interested, though i guess it'd also depend how much you'd pay, whether you'd want it official with an invoice and all or not, how fast, etc. else, a translator-website i know is proz.com, so there you'd easily find translators ... just be careful if you find someone who is very cheap, i've recently had to correct translations that had been outsourced to a cheap agency, and it looked almost like they did use google translate ...
Thanks rikita, I'll be looking at that website closely, it is interesting. I did find another one that does gives rates per hour without having to ask for a quote. You do have to join it though to get more info but it initially gives an idea. What I have no idea of is how slowly/quickly someone does translate stuff. In one hour you'd do two pages? more? less? I haven't a clue at all. I'll follow through on proz.com when the final draft is done of the work I want translating. This is the one that gives some prices -
Nobody I know translates (written translation, not interpreting) by the hour. Always by word or sign - in some places by standard line.
Of course interpreting (which is usually much more lucrative) is charged by the hour or often by the day or half-day - as even interpreting for an hour winds up taking up half your day unless it is right next door.
You may well be able to negotiate a somewhat cheaper price because of the nature of the job. Not only because it is non-technical, but because it is probably interesting. Literary translation is often paid less than technical, and many translators will provide a lower rate or package deal for an interesting project (remembering that they do have to eat and pay rent or mortgage)...
Hmmm.... interesting subject it seems. With basic rule of thumb maths, a word count of 75,000 at 2,500 words per day (8 hours) would mean (75000/2500 = 30), 30 x 8 = 240 hours. If someone wants say 20 euros and hour, then 240 x 20 = 4800 euros.
*dismisses that idea to make money as I'd only be inconvenienced picking them up and dropping them off at different street corners. Though it might be viable if we lived in the middle of a city. Worth remembering.*
Err..... I might have to come up with a cheaper option/different solution. It is inconceivable I'd pay anything like that amount. A few hundred maybe. Thousands, no. Not in a million years. I might then go through a bit of a process with these websites and ask for a quote, as suggested. See what happens.
Yes, it would certainly be at least that - there is no way that could total just a few 100 £, € or $. Your English is excellent; I'd suggest attempting to translate it yourselves. And while translations done by Google and their ilk are dreadful, sometimes it can be a useful tool if you are stuck, though you also need good German, English and bilingual dictionaries. Many are available online; I was just using Duden the other day: www.duden.de And Oxford has a great site: www.oxforddictionaries.com/
My English is reasonable enough for being a native, the problem would be I'd spend half my time looking up German words as I'm not so good in that language. LEO is a good translation dictionary as well.
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if you do it yourself and there are words you can't find in the dictionary/phrases you can't figure out you can always ask me. i don't have time to translate the whole text, but i can certainly help out here and there ...
another way if you want it done by someone would be to find someone who does it without invoice/paying taxes/etc., maybe even a student, there you might manage to get the rates down quite a bit, though the quality might also not be as good as by an experienced professional ... though even then, i'd think it will still be soemthing like 2000 euro - translating takes time ...
It is generally recommended for people to only translate from another language to their own native language. And if they have been living out of their own country for more than five years, their language skills risk being a bit outdated.
I have actually become much better translating from English to French because when I translate from French to English I immediately realise how much English has slipped away from me, even in sentence construction.
Some people are willing to pay a fortune just because they think that paying a fortune ensures top quality.
On the other hand, don't believe the cheap places either, because there is no end to their inventiveness when it comes to chargeable extras. "file transfer" "formatting" "font surcharge" "punctuation fee" "rate for more than 5 paragraphs"