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> >in Europe translators always charge based on the target language.
> That is definitely not true. It may happen, but quotes for the
> translations we commission are based on the word count of the source
> language, so "always" is not correct.
Here in Japan it seems to be mixed, but it is probably more common to base
it on the target language.
Target-based charging has the advantage of being able to use the word
processor's word-count function. If you only have a hard copy for a 50-page
job, you can only estimate the number of source words (or characters for
Source-based charging has the advantage of less surprises, because the
source is available from the beginning, and doesn't (or shouldn't) change.
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