How long should this translation have taken me?
November 5, 2012 8:51 AM Subscribe
I recently finished my first ever translation assignment, a play from Spanish to English. When I first began, my employer asked how long I thought it would take. I grossly underestimated the time. What should I do now?
posted by Sakura3210 to work & money (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I estimated that it would take me 8-10 hours (it was taking about 20 minutes to do a rough translation of each page, and there were 44 pages). I failed to take into account how long it would take me to look up words I didn't know, to rework sentences so they are grammatically correct in English but still retain the drama of the Spanish, editing, etc.
I also failed to keep an accurate count of how much time I spent doing the translation (I know, bad me...), primarily because I've been doing the work in short snippets (i.e. whenever I had free time from school, work, etc.).
So now I don't know how much time to say it took. My completed translation is about 6,200 words, and Word says the total editing time was 100 hours, which sounds ridiculous to me. I was thinking saying the translation took 30-36 hours. I feel like it took longer, but that's already 3 times as long as I initially said (plus I feel bad claiming longer due to my failure to keep time).
What does the hivemind think? How much time should I be saying the translation took me?