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Rates for Computer Assisted Translation

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The rates proposed reflect increased productivity. However, we will not adopt a policy of "translation for free or almost". The base rate is the result of prior negociation and depends on the usual criteria of difficulty, source text quality and urgency. In due course, we shall propose rates for pre-editing and post-editing texts in the context of machine translation.

Trados/WordFast Pricing
as per January 1st, 2008

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The following conditions exclusively apply to translations done under Trados/WordFast according to client's Purchase Order. They have been defined according to the guidelines formerly proposed on the Trados Site for translators. Conditions for other tasks on demand. General conditions of MPP Linguistic Services apply (see Small Print).


Base rate

1 base rate per 1000 words


Minimum invoiced

2 base rates


Source file condition



Translation memory condition




Cleaned and uncleaned translated Trados/WordFast files. Only cleaned files are considered for translation quality issues.


Match percentage as per Trados log file (Rates Grid)

100% + Repetitions

75 to 99%
(Fuzzy Matches)

0 to 74%
(No Matches - "New Words")


Base rate percentage




Very important

Matching percentages do not apply if terminology or formatting changes not reflected in the client-provided translation memory are to be incorporated. In this case, 100% matches and fuzzy matches as per the initial analysis will be considered as no matches. If the client insists on the deadlines based on the initial analysis gone awry, we are entitled to apply our rates for emergencies.

As for large projects involving several translators, repetitions can only be accepted if they have been calculated on the subset of files allocated to individual translators. A global analysis of repetitions distorts the correct evaluation of the work load, triggers irrealistic scheduling and and is detrimental to fair working conditions..

By experience, the Trados results for analyses of segments with a low proportion of "real" words and/or an unusually high proportion of numbers and or tags ('placeholders') prove to be highly disadvantageous for translators (examples: word lists, software code, html files etc.). In this case, we apply the full base rate for fuzzy matches up to 95%.

If the memory used is an unaltered memory previously generated by MPP Linguistic Services, a reduction of the base rate percentage for 100 % matches and repetitions may be negotiated.

Under no circumstances will MPP Linguistic Services assume responsability for format changes in Trados files due to problems caused by malfunction inherent to third party and, more specifically, Trados software and/or hardware.

  Example According to the software analysis, a 10.000 word document contains 5.000 repetitions and 100 % matches, 2.000 fuzzy matches and 3.000 new words. Assuming a base rate of 150 EUR for 1.000 words, the billing total (ex VAT) is:

5 x 50,00 + 2 x 100,00 + 3 x 450,00 EUR = 900,00 EUR, i. e. 0,09 EUR/word

This example is not just theoretical, but very practical if your documents change over time and require frequent updates.


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