So it’s clearly mentioned in my translation gig to always message me before placing an order.
I think 99% of the time, people do. In other cases, people simply don’t read, or they intetionally? ignore that part.
The other day I got an order which I ended up canceling.
The guy placed an order, asking me to translate some writing on an old scroll.
Was it Japanese? Yes.
Could I read it? No.
The scroll was written in the old language, like several hundred years ago.
I told the buyer that I can’t read it.
He was “shocked,” saying stuff like “But I thought you are Japanese!”
I AM, but I cannot read a language that was written back in the 1600s.
He just didn’t understand though.
I ended up saying “Would you go up to a random person in Egypt and ask them to translate an ancient hieroglyph scroll?”
He DID get my point, but from his message I could tell that he was still thinking I SHOULD be able to read it.
I’m not a historian, dude.