Time and Error

Don’t expect a 500 pages document to be translated within 2 days unless you are willing to coordinate the work of about 30 translators. Remember how long it took to write the source text in the first place.

A rule of thumb is: One standard page takes about one hour, give or take 15 minutes. Provided the text is of a general nature and not too technical, of course (I will write about technical texts in some future entry…).

So, in a nutshell, you can expect to get about 10 pages of text with average difficulty translated per day by one individual. If you ask the person to do more in the same time, quality will drop. Inevitably.

quality rules


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