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Re: Typing in Prague

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  • jsyeaton
    Thanks, Sarka - you always have advice that s right to the point. I want to be fair, but not extravagent. I m not your usual rich American (or corporation),
    Message 1 of 10 , Oct 2 3:43 AM
      Thanks, Sarka - you always have advice that's right to the point. I
      want to be fair, but not extravagent. I'm not your usual rich American
      (or corporation), just an ordinary translator.

      Judy

      --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, ing.Sárka Rubková <rubkova@l...> wrote:
      > Hi Judy,
      > my daughter sometimes earns her moneys by transcripting the tapes in
      English
      > to paper. She gets from 140 to 200 Kc/page.
      >
      > sarka
      >
      >
      >
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: jsyeaton [mailto:jsyeaton@y...]
      > Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2004 3:48 PM
      > To: Czechlist@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [Czechlist] Re: Typing in Prague
      >
      >
      > Thanks for the numbers, Matej: that's exactly what I needed, some kind
      > of accepted scale for the work here. When these jobs start (if they
      > start) there's no time for CVs and testing - the agency wants pages
      > rolling within hours - at least, that's the way it worked last time.
      > I'll go to the Russian Cultural Center, or whatever it's called, and
      > see if they have a bulletin board, for a start. (I was paying 2cents
      > a word, so even 100 Kc/page for Russian here would be a bargain.)
      >
      > Judy
      >
      >
      >
      > --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, "Terminus Technicus"
      > <czechlist@t...> wrote:
      > > Don't offer any rate, have them send CV, select a grouup of
      > potentialy good
      > > ones, meet/test them, then agree on payment - they're not likely to
      > be able
      > > to give you an official invoice, etc. (mind you, that's not a
      > problem for
      > > you if you pay tax in US)...
      > >
      > > Czech typists are cheap, as little as CZK 50 per page, my wife
      sometimes
      > > hires one to dictate to when she has a translation 'from paper', she
      > can't
      > > see well and is used to "interpreting from paper", which I can't
      do... I
      > > think she pays her something like CZK 250/hr and they can do about 6
      > pages a
      > > hour... (that's the low-tech option to speed recognition:)... but
      that's
      > > only into Czech, becomes more difficult and expensive for into
      > English...
      > >
      > > Should be quite easy to find a Russian student or somebody similar
      here,
      > > question is speed/quality, but if you give it to them and they do it
      > within
      > > an agreed deadline, it should be Ok in your case..
      > >
      > > M
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > ----- Original Message -----
      > > From: "jsyeaton" <jsyeaton@y...>
      > > To: <Czechlist@yahoogroups.com>
      > > Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2004 12:27 PM
      > > Subject: [Czechlist] Re: Typing in Prague
      > >
      > >
      > > >
      > > > --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, "Terminus Technicus"
      > > > <czechlist@t...> wrote:
      > > > > I've been trying to solve a similar problem when we needed someone
      > > > to type a
      > > > > direct transcript of an interpreting session in English...
      > > > >
      > > > > I put out lots of adverts on expats.cz and similar sites (maybe
      > > > you'll find
      > > > > something more russian-centered out there), saw lots of
      > > > > 'young-Hemingway-in-Paris' expat bums and would-be typists whose
      > typing
      > > > > speed was worse than mine (I use three fingers on each hand only),
      > > > but in
      > > > > the end discovered a guy who could just about do it...
      > > > >
      > > > > Good luck
      > > > >
      > > > > matej
      > > >
      > > > What rate were you offering? When I know what Czechs pay for
      typing,
      > > > I'll probably advertize in one of the RJ newspapers. (I have a
      feeling
      > > > the Russians here are over-qualified, while the Americans are
      under-.)
      > > > I don't want to make it so attractive I spend days fielding
      calls, or
      > > > so unattractive that nobody responds.
      > > >
      > > > What would you pay for straight Czech typing of technical text?
      > > >
      > > > Judy
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > > ----- Original Message -----
      > > > > From: "jsyeaton" <jsyeaton@y...>
      > > > > To: <Czechlist@yahoogroups.com>
      > > > > Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2004 11:33 AM
      > > > > Subject: [Czechlist] Typing in Prague
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > > > Hi,
      > > > > >
      > > > > > I've been overwhelmed for the past month with a massive
      > Russian job.
      > > > > > It was originally provided in the form of hundreds of pages
      of tif
      > > > > > files, which the agency converted into pdf files, some of
      which I
      > > > > > could convert to Word. It was taking forever - almost as long
      > as the
      > > > > > translating - and I ended up offering to pay if the agency would
      > > > > > arrange to have the material typed, just to give me a chance at
      > > > > > meeting the insane deadline.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > There's supposed to be a "bigger half" of this job coming,
      and I'd
      > > > > > prefer to have the material typed in Prague (assuming it's
      > necessary),
      > > > > > so I can reallistically threaten bodily harm to a typist(s) who
      > > > > > scans() and doesn't clean up after him/her/themselves.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > So: what's the going rate for typing? Is there an extra
      > > > > > charge/discount for Russian, would anybody here know? The
      > material is
      > > > > > horrendous - 30-year old poorly typed and either fading or
      > > > > > bleeding-all-over Russian, highly technical material, masses of
      > > > > > tables. Some of it's scannable, a lot isn't. Personally, I
      > wouldn't
      > > > > > take the job at all, but maybe to a professional typist it's not
      > > > so bad.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > TIA,
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Judy
      > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Czechlist resources:
      > > > > > http://www.bohemica.com/czechtranslation
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Obcasnik:
      > > > > > http://zehrovak.bloguje.cz
      > > > > > Yahoo! Groups Links
      > > > > >
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      > > > Czechlist resources:
      > > > http://www.bohemica.com/czechtranslation
      > > >
      > > > Obcasnik:
      > > > http://zehrovak.bloguje.cz
      > > > Yahoo! Groups Links
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      > Czechlist resources:
      > http://www.bohemica.com/czechtranslation
      >
      > Obcasnik:
      > http://zehrovak.bloguje.cz
      > Yahoo! Groups Links
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