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Translation Cost

The rates charged for translations are agreed on at the beginning of a specified project. Depending on the client’s needs, the same rates can apply across many different projects. Should the scope of a project change, we will work with you to agree on new pricing rates that are more appropriate for the new project or scope. When you request a free, no-obligation quote, we will provide you with a detailed pricing quote broken down by document and language pair.

Translation Price per Source Word

The primary factor in determining pricing is the number of source words in the document. A source language refers to the document's original language and the target language refers to the language into which the document will be translated. As a general rule and common industry standard, when translating to a Romance language (French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, etc.) from English, the target word count will normally be about 20% higher than the source word count. Since we charge for the source words in these languages, you will have an accurate cost estimate at the beginning of each project, as opposed to if you were charged by target words.

Translation Fees per Source Word

The pricing for translation projects can be done on a flat fee basis, such as price per page or hourly rate. However, this is not an industry standard nor is it recommended for many reasons. First, as every document is different, the number of words per page can vary significantly. Also, many countries use different sizes of paper. As for hourly rates, each translator has his or her own pace. More experienced translators tend to translate faster, while less experienced translators take longer. For the sake of transparency and budgeting, a price per word methodology is a much more reliable and predictable way to ensure fair and accurate pricing.

Translation Rate per Complexity of the Source

Translation pricing (price per word) also depends on the level of complexity of each document. For example, a general business letter (with non-technical terms) will be priced lower than a technical patent, medical text, complex legal contract, pharmaceuticals related document or software manual. A general letter will be priced at the lowest price per word while complex legal documents and highly technical text will be at a higher price.

Valuable Chinese Think Tank Articles to Provide

  1. 1.    Sino-US Relations & Strategic Competition under “Changing World” (2013)

  2. 2.    Construct A-Big-Countries-Relation Between the U.S. and China (2013)

  3. 3.    Bank of China Annual Report:  China’s Economic Financial Prospects (2013)

  4. 4.    Analysis of China’s Seas Trends & Critics of Ocean Politic Strategies (2013)

  5. 5.    European Union’s Prospects and Sino-European Relations (2013)

  6. 6.    China’s Economic Coming 15 Years; Risk, Force & Policy Challenges (2013)

  7. 7.    New Thinkings for China’s Energy Security (2013)

  8. 8.    New Thinkings for China’s Rise Globally: Ten Challenges in Int’l relations (2013)

  9. 9.    Report on Comparative Politics Development (2012)

  10. 10.  Strategic Planning for Services of an Aging Society (2012)

  11. 11.  The Problem of “Strategic Balancing” for China’s Aid to Africa (2012) 

  12. 12.  Study on Chinese International Military Security Crisis Behavior (2011)

  13. 13.  New Researches on CIA’s Sub Military Activities in China’s Tibet (2006)

  1. Five-Year Plans of the People’s Republic of China

     (1)   12th 5-year Plan full text translation  

     (2)  APCO 12-5.pdf

     (3)  WWF 12-5.pdf


  1.   Full Text of Hu Jintao’s Speech at CPC

      Anniversary Gathering, July 1, 2011

      Download HU Speech 7-1:2011.pdf



President Xi Jinping issues call for regional stablility.  Xi said no country should be allowed to cause chaos in the region as he acknowledged Asia faced "new challenges" to its stability amid mounting concern over North Korea's nuclear threat.  (April 5, 2013)

  1. President Xi's Speech at Boao 2013

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