Austrian German Language Specialist

Remote /
Translation, Localization, Interpretation, QA Testing – Global Freelance Talent Community /
As a trusted global transformation partner, Welocalize accelerates the global business journey by enabling brands and companies to reach, engage, and grow international audiences. Welocalize delivers multilingual content transformation services in translation, localization, and adaptation for over 250 languages with a growing network of over 77,000 in-country linguistic resources. Driving innovation in language services, Welocalize delivers high-quality training data transformation solutions for NLP-enabled machine learning by blending technology and human intelligence to collect, annotate, and evaluate all content types. Our team works across locations in North America, Europe, and Asia serving our global clients in the markets that matter to them.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Welocalize is looking for Creative Language Specialists with outstanding writing skills and creative minds to participate in a project that will help shape the future of chatbot technology in many languages. For you specifically, we will be working with the Austrian German language.

Your job is to imagine a particular customer support situation and then write up examples of things you (and other people) might say on the phone. We call these statements “utterances”. For example, we may ask you to imagine that you want to change your flight for a trip you have already schedule. We may also ask you to include a date in your utterance. You would then write up several different things you or someone might say in that situation. Each one of the utterances you write would need to be different, using different kinds of words, different styles. You need to be very creative and write variations of each sentence in a way that uses as many new words as possible and use a completely different sentence structure. When you write an utterance we want you to think about the kinds of references someone from your country would make. Specific companies, specific government entities, specific local currency, specific local slang, specific local brand names., etc...

The specific job task will be to create one sheet of utterances per task. On the sheet there will be several prompts (scenarios) and the creator will create several variants for expressing an utterance that relates to the prompt. All specific rules regarding spelling, grammar, punctuation, glossary term usage, and other specialized conventions must be followed (these rules are given during orientation and training). If not, the creator will be provided with feedback and ask to edit their sheet of utterances until it complies with our quality standards.

Project Details:

Position: Austrian German Language Specialist
Schedule: Approximately 10-25 hours per week
Location: Remote
Start Date: ASAP
Duration: About 4 months (January 2021 - May 2021) with possible extension
Pay Rate: $240 flat rate for orientation/training*, then $24.25 USD per sheet of utterances (1 sheet = 70 utterances)
Employment Status: Freelance/Independent Contractor

*Creators will receive project orientation & training in January 2021 (9 hours approximately). Orientation will include completion of some online modules, some video conference calls, and doing some sample tasks with direct personalized feedback. If online orientation tasks are not completed successfully, if the worker does not attend meetings or if the worker does not produce the two production files successfully (compliant with all guidelines that will have been explained and practiced during orientation), no payment will be issued for the orientation period.

Production work will begin in January 2021 and will proceed every week until the end of May 2021. Creators will have opportunities to accept tasks that take approximately 10-25 hours per week, with some opportunity for additional tasks/hours for high performers.

Skills and Requirements

    • Native-level fluency in Austrian German (written and spoken).
    • Great spelling and grammar are required.
    • Preferred candidates will also be familiar with the way the target language is used by a wide range of speakers from ages 15-70.
    • Advanced English comprehension (spoken and written); able to understanding training materials, instructions and creative writing prompts written in English.
    • Ability to follow specific linguistic instructions.
    • Rich vocabulary, knowledge of local-market conditions, knowledge of local-market slang.
    • Extensive knowledge in local insurance, financial and health care systems (work experience in these sectors is not necessary, but knowledge as a consumer of these systems is critical).
    • Ability to analyze writing prompts (scenarios) and adapt them to local cultural reality.
    • Efficient online research skills.