Dutch English Translation Guide: How to Cut Your English to Dutch Translation Costs
Getting an English to Dutch translation? The Dutch English Translation Guide offers easy tips to reduce your costs without sacrificing quality. At the bottom of the page, you'll find information about typical Dutch translator prices, along with other resources. (Need a free Dutch English translation online?)
Ten ways to lower your English to Dutch translation costs
Here are some ways to save money on your translations.
1) Go through the document to be translated and see if all of it really needs to be included in your Dutch English translation. For example, if you are translating a website, maybe you don't need to translate every press release and news item. Remember that translators charge per word, so by reducing the number of words, you will reduce your costs.
2) See if you can replace any texts with diagrams, pictures, or summaries to reduce the amount of translation needed.
3) Check for any large chunks of text in the document that are repeated word for word. Instead of having these translated multiple times, highlight all but one of the repetitions, and tell the translator not to translate the highlighted parts. Then copy and paste the translation once you get it.
(Two cautionary notes. First, be sure that the repetitions are really 100% identical. And second, only try this with large blocks of text such as whole paragraphs or totally independent units of text such as separate items in a list. It is not safe to use this approach with individual words or sentences. Even though the same word may be used seven times in English, a different treatment may be needed in the translation for grammatical, stylistic, or other reasons. Don't try to combine translated words yourself like puzzle pieces, or you are likely to end up with really strange results.)
4) Remember that freelance translators are generally less expensive than translation agencies. If you are willing to put in the time to recruit the right freelancer and manage your Dutch English translation yourself, then you may be able to save significant money.
5) Ask for a discount; for example:
- For a large translation volume
- If there are many repetitions in the text
- In exchange for fast payment
6) Combine small English to Dutch translation jobs and send them as a single project in order to avoid the high minimum charge that most agencies apply for small orders.
7) If you will be sending payment to someone in another country, check ahead of time about possible bank charges and fees before agreeing on a payment method.
8) Avoid misunderstandings about price by communicating clearly with your translator ahead of time and putting all agreements in writing.
9) Make sure you have the final version of the document before starting the translation. If you edit the document later, then you will also have to get an updated translation, and this can add to your cost and effort.
10) Plan your translations with plenty of time to avoid paying extra for last-minute emergency solutions.
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