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Translation project: how many words?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 19 2012 2:30pm
by Moogie
I was just wondering what sort of costs would be involved to pay a translator/translation company to help out with this, if it would ease OE's workload and help things along? I don't know how big the script is, but if I had a rough word count I could look at getting some quotes and if it looks doable we could start some fundraising.

For example, I found a place online that had an online quote tool, and Japanese-English translation for a document of around 4000 words (approx 10 pages of A4) would be about UK£550, which doesn't seem too bad... but I guess it depends on how big the script is overall. Then there was another place which can do an A4 sheet for around UK£15... which seems pretty cheap! We'd still need proofreaders etc (that seems to be where they bump the price up), but perhaps it's something to consider?

Re: Translation project: how many words?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 19 2012 6:15pm
by Omega Entity
That'd be an option, I think, though I'd still like to give it an honest go before we start spending money. Now that my other job is done, and once I get a little bit of time to veg (till the end of this week), I should be set to get my nose to the grindstone on this.

Re: Translation project: how many words?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 19 2012 10:40pm
by Moogie
That's cool m'dear - I didn't want to seem like I was treading on any toes or anything, just wondered how viable it might be :)

Re: Translation project: how many words?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 19 2012 11:15pm
by Omega Entity
No worries. Either way we cut it, I'm an extremely slow translator, though I'm pretty damned good at making things flow from a rough translation. So even if it's part translating, part editing to make it sound right, I'm sure we can get something workable one way or another :)

Re: Translation project: how many words?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20 2012 8:57am
by Moogie
Awesome :) I shall aim to put up a shout out for other translators on the SFC homepage later today as it hardly seems fair you're the only one on the case (I thought we had a few others on board, but I'll have to check in as to where I got to in discussions with them, think other things came up IRL to distract me). Do you have the whole script at the moment? If so, any idea how many pages it is so I could get in some more accurate quotes?

Thankies :)

Re: Translation project: how many words?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20 2012 4:42pm
by Omega Entity
I've only got the script as it appears in the translation program, so I don't have a very goo estimate as to how many page. Stormyu might have a better idea, or I could go through and try copy/pasting everything into a text doc sometime here.

Re: Translation project: how many words?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20 2012 4:51pm
by Moogie
Eeek, don't go to that much trouble over it love :)
I'll have a word with StorMyu sometime. Got a feeling he sent me some files a while back but will need to dig through my PMs to find them.

Too tired right now to look into it, busy day of work and a bit under the weather. Time for a power nap!

Re: Translation project: how many words?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24 2012 5:32pm
by Moogie
Well, this idea is scrapped as StorMyu's not keen - and that's understandable, it felt a bit like cheating. I'm just too eager to play this through again but want to do it in English ;)

So, time for me to try to help translate instead. Eeek!