Edit texts that have first been translated by machines.

Unbabel is a startup that provides text translations with a combination of AI and human effort. Each text goes through a three step process: First, it is translated roughly by a machine, then a translator (You) edits the translation to correct mistakes, and finally a senior editor reviews the text before sending it back to the client. Translators are referred to as “Editors” because they are completing translations begun by a program and making the text sound more natural.

Editors start at $8/ hour, and Unbabel claims it’s possible to earn up to $18/ hour. The amount of work available depends highly on your rating and language pair.

Languages available are:

  • Arabic
  • Bulgarian
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Chinese (simplified)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Portuguese (BR)
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Spanish (Latam)
  • Turkish

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2 reviews

  1. You’ll have to do a certain amount of test translations (which will be evaluated and have to get a good rating) before you become a “paid editor”. It’s generally a nice and very easy way to earn some pocket money. The texts and phrases you have to edit are sometimes taken out of context, so it can be difficult to translate it well. However, you can always skip a task and go directly to the next one. The number of tasks you get depends on the language pair you are translating. You’ll have to be quick as well or other editors will take all the tasks before you even get a chance to look at them. The app has push notifications, so this will help you to be the first one to get a new task, It takes a while to actually earn a good amount of money (mainly because there are not constantly paid tasks available and because you’ll probably won’t spend several hours a day translating), but it’s just very easy to do on-the-go, translate a task here and there, earn a few cents, and eventually it’ll sum up. Unbabel uses PayPal and they have been quite reliable with payments.

    It won’t make you rich, but it’s just so easy to use on your phone no matter where you are, so you might as well earn a couple of dollars!

  2. Voluntary work

    They charge companies 1/5 (0.03 USD/word) of the normal translation price and they pay translators 1/5 of this tiny price, so in the end you you will be translating for cents and it takes ages to make a few bucks.

    It’s good, if you want to practice your language skills or like voluntary free work, but you will not make a living or decent pocket money with it for sure.

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