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Translations - Source vs. Target word counts

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Natasha R Member Since: Aug 2, 2010
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Do you charge per source or per target word?

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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
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Everybody charges per source, German to foreign may be charged per target. I've heard this. Since they put a whole sentence in one word, they'd better charge per target.

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Mirjam K Member Since: Sep 7, 2015
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I would imagine the German-to-X-thing to be a joke Smiley Very Happy

 

Otherwise you could do that with English-to-German for example as well because the "leaning forward" in "Leaning forward he...." can be quite a long sentence in German if you want to sound more or less natural ("Als/Während er sich vorbeugte," or "Er beugte sich vor, um...")

 

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Benny B Member Since: May 9, 2015
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Normally I charge per source word, although there are cases (handwritten or medical documents for example) where I do charge for target word (it's easier that way).

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Jennifer D Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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From the client's perspective, when I'm setting up a fixed-price contract to translate a fixed number of words, I set the budget based on the source word count. It's a bit hard to set a price for something that doesn't exist yet... I've only ever had one freelancer even give me a target word count when they submitted something. It seems most people in most languages work off source word count. I suppose that you could negotiate the contract to be an estimate based on the source word count with a final milestone or bonus to be paid based on the target word count? Now I'm curious how you would go about setting up a contract based on target word count, Natasha. How would you do it?

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Natasha R Member Since: Aug 2, 2010
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Now I'm curious how you would go about setting up a contract based on target word count, Natasha. How would you do it?

 

I would not Smiley Happy

 

I actually googled about this after creating this topic. In general, people charge per source word. I found out some even charge per line, but this is not common.

 

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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
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I've seen people charging per line, but yes, it's rare. And if someone wants to sell you per target, I would refuse if I were you.

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