Translation: price comparison

We used to have a price list for translations, proofreading and interpreting on our homepage, but we took it down because the prices are too individual. What does a translation cost? That depends on the text, the topic, the format, the urgency and the scope. A complex urgent translation of a technical text in pdf format, which has to be done overnight or over the weekend, can cost twice as much per word (per line, per page, etc.) as the translation of a brochure in Word format with a relaxed deadline. Vice versa, it also means that a simple translation is twice as cheap.

The translation of a film is much more time-consuming than the translation of a screenplay or a synopsis. Popular science is usually easier to translate than technical texts. And so on. At the end of the day we want to arrive at a similar fee per hour, so we charge different prices per word, standard page and standard line for different orders.

There are guidelines, of course. The JVEG, for example, writes: “The fee for a translation is 1.55 euros for every 55 keystrokes of the written text”. That’s almost 2 dollars (USD) per line. However, this involves legal translations, and this is one of the most difficult tasks that we take on. And even here, we are flexible in terms of price – some contracts are easier to translate than others.

There are also translators who charge 5 cents per word. So why do more expensive colleagues still have customers? Because the very cheap translations are not worth it. We tried it. Of course, the idea of ordering an extremely cheap translation and then quickly proofreading and reselling it is an attractive one. In these cases, we have always asked the client whether we could forward the translation to a colleague – and yet we are of course the ones who guarantee the quality of the translation. So we tried outsourcing. And decided against it. We translate everything ourselves nowadays. (Unless you need a specialist to translate a text on a particular topic other than our profile. In such a case, we suggest transferring the translation: not for reasons of economy, but to improve the quality.) Why don’t we outsource translation? Because “quickly proofreading it” doesn’t work. In these cases, proofreading becomes full-fledged editing and takes almost as long as a new translation – and the result is still worse. So when you consider the price of a translation, you should always think about the quality.

And that, we can deliver. Have you seen our Google ratings? 5 stars, all of them. Many thanks to our nice customers!

So if you want to know what a translation costs, send us an email and you will receive an offer very quickly. The same goes for interpreting. Here you have to consider the time, too: conference interpreting costs more than consecutive interpreting, but saves the participants almost half of their time. Even though it is usually called “conference interpreting”, simultaneous interpreting is not only useful for conferences, but also for many other events – workshops, presentations, guided tours, speeches at company parties… So when comparing prices, always consider how many hours the event will last – translated in the consecutive or simultaneous fashion respectively.  

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  • Daniel Barnes
    Daniel Barnes
    14:08 07 Jun 19
    Alexandra was very helpful during my meeting. She was quick to translate and able to express complex German legal statements in plain English to facilitate a quick and efficient meeting.
    Alex Pekarovsky
    Alex Pekarovsky
    19:46 25 Mar 19
    Very High Level of translation and communication. Had our translation very fast. And after I had an input , it found itself quickly into the translation. Very much recommended.
    Guy Meltzer
    Guy Meltzer
    11:07 07 Mar 19
    Excellent translation to German and outstanding service.We couldn't be more happy!
    Gabriel Rymberg
    Gabriel Rymberg
    12:06 26 Feb 19
    Alexandra is prompt in communications and excellent in delivery time and quality. We just recently started working together and I feel completely confident we will do so for a long time to come!
    Guliz Kavuncuoglu
    Guliz Kavuncuoglu
    20:53 19 Feb 19
    We have worked with Alex and Pavel as we needed help with simultaneous translation of a live workshop from German to English. It was great experience since they were very prompt in their communication pre and post of the project and they were quite flexible and were able to adapt quickly to the changes happened during our workshop. They were quite helpful not only as translators during our session but they felt like they were a part of the team.
    Stacey Donovan
    Stacey Donovan
    01:34 25 Sep 18
    In a word, Alexandra is delightful to work with: savvy, sharp, witty, thoughtful, concerned, gracious. There's not a moment when I doubt her commitment to a project, which says quite a lot in the book editing field. Thank you Alex!
    Anastasia Haller
    Anastasia Haller
    11:17 28 Jun 16
    Благодарим Александру за невероятно быстрый и качественный перевод. В задание так же было стихотворение, которое она перевела с сохранением рифмы и полной передачей смысла.
    Anna Drischluck
    Anna Drischluck
    14:51 06 Nov 15
    Ich arbeite mit Frau Berlina schon seit langer Zeit zusammen und muss sagen, dass ich ihre exzellente Arbeit als Übersetzerin und Dolmetscherin sehr zu schätzen weiß. Frau Berlina erfüllt die Aufträge stets immer einwandfrei und überpünktlich! Bei Fragen steht sie immer gerne zur Verfügung. Ich kann Frau Berlina jedem, der Wert auf schriftliche und mündliche Übersetzungen legt, nur empfehlen. Ich freue mich auf jeden Fall auf die weitere erfolgreiche Zusammenarbeit! Viele Grüße Anna Hermann
    Ирина Зуева
    Ирина Зуева
    07:16 13 Aug 15
    Александра сделала перевод информации для сайта с русского на немецкий грамотно, профессионально и раньше оговоренных сроков. Взяла на себя корректировку текста на русском языке, чем сильно облегчила поставленную мне задачу. Профессиональный переводчик! Рекомендую...
    Arkadiusz Wrobel
    Arkadiusz Wrobel
    10:51 26 Mar 15
    Sehr nette und unkomplizierte Zusammenarbeit, schon seit mehreren Jahren. Schnelle und gute Übersetzungen ins Englische und ins Russische. Ein wirklich zuverlässiger Partner, vor allem was Termine und Qualität der Übersetzungen angeht. Immer wieder gerne!
    Greg Kail
    Greg Kail
    08:07 26 Mar 15
    Замечательная работа и по срокам и по качеству.
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