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Translations

At the Center for Lao Studies (CLS), one of our main objectives is to promote and preserve the languages and cultures of the peoples of Laos. To this end, CLS offers professional Lao-English, English-Lao document translation services. Whether you have an official or legal document, or audio/visual projects to be translated, CLS can meet your needs. We use highly trained translators and services to ensure that the integrity of your document, its meaning, and the Lao language stays intact.

TRANSLATION FEES

Translation fees are competitive, calculated on a per-project basis and vary according to complexity of the document, length of text, required turnaround time, file format and layout (see sample prices below).

Specifically, prices are based on these factors:

  • Number of source words (words from the language being translated from)
  • Complexity of the subject matter (i.e. legal contracts will be more expensive than business letters)
  • Complexity of Lao language (vs. romance languages) and scarcity of quality linguistic resources in Lao
  • Amount of time required to complete the assignment
  • Translation for films/videos, song lyrics, or oral interviews will be priced separately

What you get from our services:

  • Translation using pre- or post-1975 Lao spelling
  • Native-speaking, educated and experienced translators
  • Secondary translators to edit and proofread each document
  • General formatting in commonly used software programs(Word, WordPerfect, Excel, PDF)
  • All administration and account management
  • Prompt service

Sample starting prices and turnaround times:

ENGLISH INTO LAO

Document type/length

(English into Lao)

Turnaround Time (business days)

Price per word

Between 0 and 10,000 words

Between 10,000 and 100,000 words

Between 100,000 and 200,000 words

Between 200,000 and 500,000 words

Between 500,000 and 1,000,000 words

Between 1,000,000 and 2,000,000 words

Between 2,000,000 and 5,000,000 words

Above 5,000,000

5 days

7 days

10 days

15 days

30 days

45 days

60 days

to be discussed with client

.25 cents/word

.24 cents

.23 cents

.22 cents

.21 cents

.20 cents

.19 cents

.18 cents

LAO INTO ENGLISH

Document type/length

(Lao into English)

Turnaround Time (business days)

Price/word

Between 0 and 10,000 words

Between 10,000 and 100,000 words

Between 100,000 and 200,000 words

Between 200,000 and 500,000 words

Between 500,000 and 1,000,000 words

Between 1,000,000 and 2,000,000 words

Between 2,000,000 and 5,000,000 words

Above 5,000,000

5 days

7 days

10 days

15 days

30 days

45 days

60 days

to be discussed with client

.30 cents per word

.29 cents

.28 cents

.27 cents

.26 cents

.25 cents

.24 cents

.23 cents

OPTIONS

Editing/Proofreading:

  • We can proofread and/or edit documents translated by another party, for approximately 50% less than a fully translated project

Rush Services:

  • Please inquire about rush services. If it is possible, the price will typically be a 30% charge above regular rates
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