Typical Translation Delivery Times

How long will my translations take?

Customers often ask us about expected translation times. Although there is no simple answer to the question of how long a translation will take, we will give you an idea of the time we need at BeTranslated to provide you with a top-quality translation. Typically, we will suggest a deadline in line with your requirements that we always respect, provided that we are given timely answers to our queries.

Our translation throughput

Typically, to produce our high-quality translations we need 48 hours for up to 2,000 words. However, this depends on a number of factors such as the language style,  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 in the required format. 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 be able to provide you with a quality-oriented translation service.

Examples of translation turnaround times

Below you will find some guidelines for translating documents of different sizes. 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)

Short documents

We generally translate 1,500 – 2,000 words a day. With every project, large or small, we carry out a quality control check to ensure that the document does not contain any 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 – 10,000 words)

Medium sized documents
When time is short on our end, documents ranging from 5,000 – 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)

Extensive documents
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 using close collaboration enables us to deliver superior results.

Any Questions?

Our experienced project managers are here to answer all your questions as they guide you through the process. Get in touch today for more information or a free quote!