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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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Negotiate, of course May 11, 2016

I think it's pretty obvious that trying to negotiate the deadline is the first choice.

If it's not negotiable, then it's plausible to SUGGEST TO THE CLIENT splitting the job with another translator (or more people, if required).

However, dividing a job with other translators without the client's knowledge is a "traslation crime" in my opinion. If you do that, you're being very irresponsible.


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Negotiate May 12, 2016

If the customer is asking you first, it's because they regard you as the more (most) capable of their translators. I've frequently recommended (impressed?) customers that splitting up big projects among two or more translators is not the way to go since it will beget inconsistency and, hence - more importantly for the customer - more post-editing and revision work for them in a schedule that is already being trimmed at both ends of the candle.

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If the customer is asking you first, it's because they regard you as the more (most) capable of their translators. I've frequently recommended (impressed?) customers that splitting up big projects among two or more translators is not the way to go since it will beget inconsistency and, hence - more importantly for the customer - more post-editing and revision work for them in a schedule that is already being trimmed at both ends of the candle.

Splitting a big job up to give preference to deadline requirements is a 'one step forward, three steps back' solution. Intelligent customers will understand this and as the 'designated hitter' by virtue of being asked first, your say has a lot of weight. IMHO


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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
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could not agree more May 12, 2016

Mario Freitas wrote:

I think it's pretty obvious that trying to negotiate the deadline is the first choice.

If it's not negotiable, then it's plausible to SUGGEST TO THE CLIENT splitting the job with another translator (or more people, if required).

However, dividing a job with other translators without the client's knowledge is a "traslation crime" in my opinion. If you do that, you're being very irresponsible.


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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
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best options, IMHO May 12, 2016

José Henrique Lamensdorf wrote:

a) I am busy; or turnaround required is too short - I tell them what I CAN do. If that's not enough, I'll suggest them a few colleagues I know that could handle it, and wish them good luck.

b) 'Wrong' language - They need translation from/into a language I don't work. I refer to a colleague that works in the required pair, and wish them good luck.

c) 'Wrong' subject area - It's technical material in a subject that I have declared off-limits for me. I refer them to a colleague specialized in that area whose competence I know, and wish them good luck.

d) Too large volume - I refer them to one of the translation agencies I usually work for, or to a colleague who is used to setting up translator teams; in the latter case I'm often in that team.

e) Cumbersome logistics - Client needs a certified/sworn translation, but both they and the document are far away. I refer them to a colleague licensed for the intended purpose closer to where they and the document are.

The list doesn't end here, of course.

I assume that if the client contacted me with a job, they are seeking a solution. If I can provide it, I'll do my best in doing it. If I can't, I'll try my best to point them to what I think is the right direction.


 
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