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Poor quality of a job by freelancer. What should I do?

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Sergey G Member Since: Mar 19, 2018
11 of 26
I didn’t approve the work yet. Decided to check with native speaking person before closure.

Out of interest I’ve checked the translation with google translate and the text by 95% is the same. So, from my perspective it is not simple “poor translation”, it is already a fraud...

Write feedback to freelancer, waited for one day, received no answer, closed the contract without payment, waiting for reaction.
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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
12 of 26

@Sergey G wrote:

Write feedback to freelancer, waited for one day, received no answer, closed the contract without payment, waiting for reaction.

 Beware, if the milestone was founded, it'll auto release. You may want to dispute it. Not all of it otherwise the feedback won't display on their profile.

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Bill H Member Since: Aug 18, 2017
13 of 26

Sergay,

 

I use Google Translate only when I already know the answer. That may sound strange, but in many languages there are multiple terms for the same thing, often with nuances. I'll check for other terms that I hadn't considered.

 

The other case is when I'm not certain of a verb's infinitive. Conjugation differs based on the infinitive. I speak French well enough to get arrested in at least eleven countries, but conjugating French verbs has been a life-long challenge.

 

Some percentage matfch with Google Translate is inevitable, even in an expert translation. 95% is just too much. Yes, pay something, and leave a scathing evaluation.

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Jennifer R Member Since: Sep 15, 2017
14 of 26

Google translations into German are full of mistakes. Often pronomes are translated wrong and the sentence structure is off. You can try to use it as a dictionary but then you only get one translation that is probably wrong.

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Luce N Member Since: Oct 9, 2016
15 of 26

Never had a look at Google translate. I don't expect much from it. 

 

If I were to hire a translator, I would check the feedback he or she were given, diplomas mentioned, results of tests. I would certainly not just look for cheap work, it's probably not worth it.

 

 

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Jennifer R Member Since: Sep 15, 2017
16 of 26

@Luce N wrote:

Never had a look at Google translate. I don't expect much from it. 

 

If I were to hire a translator, I would check the feedback he or she were given, diplomas mentioned, results of tests. I would certainly not just look for cheap work, it's probably not worth it.

 

 


 When it is the first job with a freelancer who translates into a language you are not fluent in, I recomment to have it checked by a reliable translator. Never trust a translator you do not know.

 

Feedback: Many clients cannot really judge the quality of a translation and give 5* because it is so easy. You really have to search for worthy feedback.

Diplomas: My German degree (Diplom) equals a MA but is cannot be selected. I am not sure if they are checked at all.

Test results: Do you seriously trust a translator who is first place in the spelling test for THREE different languages and TWO translation test all below 20 minutes? That person is only no 1 when using google.

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Luce N Member Since: Oct 9, 2016
17 of 26

@Jennifer R wrote:



 When it is the first job with a freelancer who translates into a language you are not fluent in, I recomment to have it checked by a reliable translator. Never trust a translator you do not know.

 

Feedback: Many clients cannot really judge the quality of a translation and give 5* because it is so easy. You really have to search for worthy feedback.

Diplomas: My German degree (Diplom) equals a MA but is cannot be selected. I am not sure if they are checked at all.

Test results: Do you seriously trust a translator who is first place in the spelling test for THREE different languages and TWO translation test all below 20 minutes? That person is only no 1 when using google.


I agree with you, it would be a good idea to have the first translations of a new freelancer checked.

Feedback: yes, these are not the most reliable opinions, but someone who has  done many translations for different clients and has good feedback can't be too bad.

Diplomas: I have the French equivalent of a MA and say so on my profile. I don't really understand why you say it can't be selected. What I mean is that in most instances, someone who has never studied translation is not a very good translator. As anything else, translation is something you learn to do.

Test results: yes, the tests are not very reliable, and some people are stupid enough to cheat on them. Have you had a look at the videos giving the answers to the tests on YouTube? However, when someone gets a really good result for a test done in very little time, chances are that person knows what he/she is doing.

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Prashant P Member Since: Sep 29, 2015
18 of 26

@Luce N wrote:

Never had a look at Google translate. I don't expect much from it. 

 


 Actually, it is not that bad if i just want spend a buck or two for a 10 page translation.

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Luce N Member Since: Oct 9, 2016
19 of 26

@Prashant P wrote:



 Actually, it is not that bad if i just want spend a buck or two for a 10 page translation.


 How do you know Google translate is not that bad?

 

But I must admit that as I really don't like the company Google, and I try to avoid using Google products.

 

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Prashant P Member Since: Sep 29, 2015
20 of 26

@Luce N wrote:

@Prashant P wrote:



 Actually, it is not that bad if i just want spend a buck or two for a 10 page translation.


 How do you know Google translate is not that bad?

 


 Well some of the non English websites i visit on Chrome.  it has that thing that asks me do you want to translate this page?  And does the translation for me and I can read/understand the page.   

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