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I have another site which I think would be financially viable in the Russian market. I don't want to use a translator, I want a partner who will add Russian value to the the translation. Any ideas where I should look / advertise for such a person?
I think you're right in suggesting I go down the personal recommendation route. I have very little knowledge of the language the site will be translated into, so I need to trust the partner to a high degree. I can't check their work (except by SERPS results) and could easily be led up the garden path.
The thought behind my original post was that I could cut costs by using a partner living abroad. Pay in Russia is a lot less than here. The lure of using cheap labour keeps nagging at the back of my mind. But maybe "cheap" won't equate to good results.
Also, I think you're doing it right by employing local native speakers to "translate" the site and keep it updated.
I have struggled with translation for a long time and the right way IS by using local guys and not just someone that translates.
However finding good peopl that wont stiff you or do a poor job, is very difficult. Have you considered contacting universities or student portals?
Good luck! :)
[edited by: Rumbas at 3:08 pm (utc) on Dec. 6, 2007]