Typical translation delivery times

How long will my translations take?

Customers often ask us how long their translation will take. Although there is no simple answer to that question, we’ll give you some indication as to the time we need at BeTranslated to provide you with a quality translation. We suggest a deadline based on your requirements which we always respect, provided that we are given timely answers to our queries.

Our translation throughput


Typically, for our high-quality translations we need 48 hours for up to 2,000 words but this depends on a number of factors such as the style of language, the content, and the file formats.


The first 24 hours is dedicated to finding the translator that best matches your requirements, checking their availability, and defining the requirements (style guide, file formatting, etc.).


The second 24 hours is used to translate the document and to perform a quality check before delivering the translation back to you. Our average translation speed is 2,000 words per day.


We understand that translations are usually urgent, but we appreciate having as much time as possible to provide you with a quality-oriented translation service.

Examples of translation turnaround times

Here are some guidelines for translation of different sizes of documents. Please note that we invoice based on the number of words to be translated and not by characters or lines.

Short documents
(500 – 5,000 words)

We generally translate 1,500 – 2,000 words a day. With every project large and small, we perform a quality control check to ensure that the document does not contain mistakes, omissions, or inaccuracies and that the formatting has been preserved. The earlier we receive your document, the better. Rushing is the worst enemy of quality, which is always our main concern.

Medium-sized documents
(5,000 to 10,000 words)

When time is lacking on our end, documents ranging from 5,000 to 10,000 words may need to be split between several translators, although this is not an optimal solution. In a case like this where we need to have several translators work on the same file, we use special software tools (CAT Tools) to ensure consistency. It is reasonable to expect the translation of a 5,000-word text within 4 business days and the translation of a 10,000-word document within 7 business days.

Extensive documents
(10,000 words or more)

Given our geographical distribution over several continents, we can complete large translation projects by working in teams. Once you have approved a project with us, your project coordinator will source the translation to the most qualified translator available. If possible, we’ll collaborate with a linguist located in a time zone that will allow us to work while you sleep. This comprehensive approach with close collaboration enables us to deliver superior results.


Our translation agency specialises in the translation of EnglishFrenchGermanDutchSpanishItalianPortuguese, Eastern European languages (Bulgarian, Hungarian, Latvian, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Slovak, and Czech), Scandinavian languages (Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish), and Asian languages (Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Malay, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Thai). We also translate from and into non-Latin script languages such as Armenian, Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic.

To request a free translation quote, fill in our contact form or send us an email.