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english translation of french housing contract

We are buying an apartment in Geneva and I would like the contract translated from french to english so I know what I am signing.
Do you have recommendations for a translator?
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Re: english translation of french housing contract

What I would do is purchase a simple, inexpensive flatbed scanner. They tend to come with some form of OCR (optical character recognition) software which will translate the text on your housing contract to renderable text (i.e. clip n pastable). Then just paste the whole chunk into Google Translate and you're good to go. The cost of the scanner (< 80CHF) is probably less than an hour of a translator's time.
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What I would do is purchase a simple, inexpensive flatbed scanner. They tend to come with some form of OCR (optical character recognition) software which will translate the text on your housing contract to renderable text (i.e. clip n pastable). Then just paste the whole chunk into Google Translate and you're good to go. The cost of the scanner (< 80CHF) is probably less than an hour of a translator's time.
...and then spend six hours trying to work out what Google "translated".
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...and then spend six hours trying to work out what Google "translated".
I actually find that Google translate (and indeed most other translation programs) work best with the kind of turgid, legalistic language that you're likely to find in a housing contract. Where they fall down is when trying to translate everydayspeak.
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