My Experience Translating
Anyway, back to why you’re really here. I was actually paid to translate Jamaican Patois to English. (Side note: Yes, Patois is a language)
I saw the opportunity on Twitter and decided to apply because that sounded like a great idea. It was for a small film company needing subtitles for a film that featured Jamaicans. I got 5 minutes of a video to translate as a test and after I submitted it, I was accepted.
For a couple of months, I was sent snippets of videos and used the transcription software (which was free) Inqscribe to insert time and dialogue. The project lasted a couple of months and eventually ended because they translated the film they needed!
I really enjoyed the project and was happy to have their story be told. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to give details of the film. However, I’ll share that the documentary followed a Jamaican migrant worker and his family. Translating this film actually impacted me in many ways and change how I view certain things.
This experience was also how I learned how to create invoices. I use Waves now but back then I just used the invoice template on Microsoft Word. In addition to that, it also got me thinking, there’s definitely money to be made online.
How You Can Earn Money Transcribing and Translating
I know you guys didn’t come for my reflection, you’re probably wondering how you can make some cash translating patois to English. Well, that was really a one off situation for me, I’ve never seen another job like it but before you click off, you can transcribe and translate videos online.
There are tons of people looking for someone to transcribe meeting notes and other audio material. Usually, what you write down is written down in the same language you heard it in.
Translating is a little different. You may be asked to translate written material or audio. What you submit would be in a different language that the source material. For example, if someone gives you an audio clip with someone speaking French, a transcript would be the words exactly how they’re spoken in French. If you were asked to translate, the transcript would be in whatever language you’re supposed to translate it in.
Where do I find translation jobs?
Are you bilingual? Great you can earn money translating. Well, I’d say to keep your eyes peeled to social media since that’s where I found my job. However, a more reliable way to find translation jobs is to go hunting for them. You can try websites like:
- Unbabel– They pay between $8 to $18 USD per hour for translation. You can get your money through PayPal or Payoneer.
- One Hour Translation- They pay a couple of US cents per word. You can apply here.
- Gengo- This is another site that you can earn some money translating from one language to the next. According to their site, translating to American English can get you about $400 per month and translating to British English can run you $600 per month.
- The Open Mic–I believe for this one, you can name your price per word and is great for both new translators and seasoned translators.
You can also advertise your services on general platforms such as Fiverr. I’d suggest that you join a couple of these and set up on Fiverr. You can stick to whichever one gives you the most jobs and money but nothing is wrong with dipping your toes in several platforms at once.
Don’t underestimate the power or putting yourself out there too. If you can get your own clients, you can charge more. You’ll need to understand who your target market is in order to find and market to them directly.
Can I still earn money if I’m not bilingual?
You’re probably wishing you paid more attention in Spanish class or minored in it at Uni right? It’s okay, you don’t have to be bilingual to make money transcribing. If English is the only language you know, you can definitely transcribe English audio. Here are some sites to check out:
- Transcribe Me– You can do translations or transcriptions here. I linked their FAQs so you can have your pressing questions answered.
- Casting Words– They pay via Paypal but Jamaicans can absolutely apply and work here.
- Rev– After my experience I tried to find transcribing jobs here and was unsuccessful but that doesn’t mean you will be. I found out that it was because I live in Jamaica, but if you don’t and live in the USA or other countries on the approved list, you’re good. A lot of people use Rev to earn extra money. You’ll have to do a test first, but once accepted you can start earning.
Again, you can couple these sites with independent freelancing and Fiverr. You can market to podcasters, busy entrepreneurs etc.
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