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Old 06-06-2010, 05:27 AM   #1
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Dutch translation of your book.

Hi,

Let me first tell something about myself.
I'm tehKitten, 16 years old, and from the Netherlands.
My English is really good, I converse every day in English, write some things in English, read English books, watch movies in English (without subtitles off course ;3), and a lot more.
I've translated a few things so far, some descriptions in Apple's app store, a bit of reddit.com, assignments from school, and more stuff like that.
Now I want a bigger project, something that looks nice on my portfolio and such


So.... Have you written a novel (in English) and want to have a Dutch translation AND want to help me to learn, and experience what it's like to translate a book, tell me, and I'll do it for free*!

I prefer a simple novel, because it's going to be my first time. It isn't going to be as perfect as a proffesional translation, but this is a little bit cheaper.

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There is one thing you need. That is to be a MR user. You must have an account registered for more than 6 months and the post count must me above 100. This is because I want to translate for the MR users, and not some random freebies hunter on teh intrawebs. You will probably understand it.

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If you finally want me to translate your book, this is what I'm going to do:
1. Read it [READ]
2. Asking questions about the novel [QTNS]
3. Discuss the grammar related problems. (Like polite words.) [GRAM]
4. Discuss the translation of the names [NAME]
5. Translation! [TL]
6. Proof reading by another Dutchman. [PROOF]
7. Fix the mistakes [FIX]
8. Done [DONE]

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Ok, because I stopped using my hand as soon as I felt the pain has helped. Now, a week later, it feels good enough to translate again!

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  • Maisy May [STATUS: [TL] [10%]]

*About that free, if the novel is long (which it probably is) I would like a small fee for the work I've done. But only after I'm done, and you are satisfied. I don't want much, maybe something like $10 or $20. That's still a lot cheaper than ~$0.05 a word (prices like $800 are considered cheap for a single book translation, to give you an idea.)

If I translated your book, I maybe get some money for it. To let you know where that money goes, I'm setting a goal. My goal is going to buy a kindle. I want a kindle, so I can buy books from amazon. So it isn't going to be wasted on some food, games, or other crap. This is just to let you know where it goes. [$0/$190] there was a price drop ._. (Note: I will translate a lot, so this is a long-term goal.)

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Old 06-06-2010, 05:36 AM   #2
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tehKitten, that's a great idea!!

I'm sure you'll get lots of takers. In fact, I'd like to put my book in for consideration!

Maisy May is about a two teens in Australia struggling with religion, expectations and who they really are. It's a novella - about half or a third the size of a normal novel. The language used is fairly simple, I think.
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:44 AM   #3
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Welcome to MR tehKitten

it's a wonderful idea; and nomesque's book is a wonderful read for you to translate.


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Old 06-06-2010, 05:53 AM   #4
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Ok, I 'bought' Maisy May on Smashwords with the coupon, I'll start reading now.
It seems a good start, there are about 30.000 words, so with 3.000 a day, it should take about 10 days.
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Ok, I 'bought' Maisy May on Smashwords with the coupon, I'll start reading now.
It seems a good start, there are about 30.000 words, so with 3.000 a day, it should take about 10 days.

It's a lot easier to read than that !!...... (make it 5)
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It's a lot easier to read than that !!...... (make it 5)
I meant the translation, I get a minimum of 3.000 a day. ^.^"
The most I've done in one day were 10.000 words, but that's just too much for one day.

I think this is handy for translating nomesque's book, clicky.

Another thing to learn!

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Old 06-06-2010, 08:06 AM   #7
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I meant the translation, I get a minimum of 3.000 a day. ^.^"
The most I've done in one day were 10.000 words, but that's just too much for one day.

I think this is handy for translating nomesque's book, clicky.

Another thing to learn!
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What a beautiful idea, tehKitten. I love how people are starting to help each other spontaneously and voluntarily, without the need for contracts or money, without distrust.

And I'm a bit jealous too, because I always wanted to translate (books I like).
Not sure if the greek ebook market is developed enough yet, but worth considering.
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:26 AM   #9
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What a beautiful idea, tehKitten. I love how people are starting to help each other spontaneously and voluntarily, without the need for contracts or money, without distrust.

And I'm a bit jealous too, because I always wanted to translate (books I like).
Not sure if the greek ebook market is developed enough yet, but worth considering.


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tehKitten, feel free to PM me with questions about wording, slang, names, whatever. I'll do my best to help you out.
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I added some colors to the first post, and I'm almost done reading. After that I will send you a PM, with most of the questions. (expect a lot ^.^")
And, at school I've read a piece of the story to some of my classmates, and they like it too!
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I added some colors to the first post, and I'm almost done reading. After that I will send you a PM, with most of the questions. (expect a lot ^.^")
And, at school I've read a piece of the story to some of my classmates, and they like it too!

Hope it doesn't give them ideas ....
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Where are the other people's? As soon as I got the document I start translating. But I want to have another one in queue. (A)
It's not that I want to rush things, but just, if I want to take a break of translating for a sec, I can read a bit of the next book, and then continue to translate. And if I have a queue it makes me feel important.
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Hello tehKitten,

Would you like to translate A Garden of Secrets? It's a 40K word paranormal romance set in a magical place called Winterwood, complete with shapeshifters and dragons!
If you want it, let me know and I'll send you whatever type file you require.

Thank you for such a nice offer!
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Would you like to translate A Garden of Secrets? It's a 40K word paranormal romance set in a magical place called Winterwood, complete with shapeshifters and dragons!
If you want it, let me know and I'll send you whatever type file you require.

Thank you for such a nice offer!
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What I'm going to say isn't meant to be mean, or hurt you in any way, but it's just what I see. You don't have much post's on MR. (Neither do I, but still.) I would like if I saw something on here. It's just some feeling. It always feels better when someone has a few more posts, if you're going to be busy for that person. Smashwords says it are 65k+ words. That is a lot of work (I guess more than a month ), and the subject isn't what I'm excactly interested in.
Is it ok if I put it on hold? Maybe I'll translate it when I got some more experience.

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