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Flitto: Earn money translating online

I’m very happy to present to you a great website and app. By using it you can start earning some money with your Italian skills (or any other language, actually) if you are at an intermediate level. It has a social area where you can translate the twitter accounts of big news companies, artists, and athletes. You can also translate material that is submitted by other users that need translations. Besides Italian, you can translate to other 16 languages: Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Thai, Hindi, and Turkish. Without further due, let us introduce you to Flitto, a wonderful platform to reap profit from your second language skills.

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Name: Flitto, click here to check it out!

Review: 95/100

Pays through: PayPal, Amazon Gift Cards, Flitto Store

Available on: website and App

Free to Start: Yes!

How does Flitto work?

This platform (website and app: Android, iOS smartphones, and iPad) was founded by the Korean Entrepreneur Simon Lee. It was launched on September 1, 2012. Their philosophy is to crowdsource the translation requirements that are submitted to the site. Crowdsourcing is a specific sourcing model in which Flitto uses contributions from users to obtain needed translations. At the time of writing this post, Flitto had more than 7 million users registered worldwide. And they have done more than 30 million translations.

Flitto Crowdsourced

Flitto is structured this way: it has three sections, and once in a while a fourth section is opened.

a.) Crowdsourced: users submit short texts or images that need to be translated. Usually, homeworks, signs at tourist attractions or product specifications. Because all the translations are human-powered, users also ask for translations of colloquial sayings in this section.

b.) 1:1 Pro Translation: to translate in this section, you need to approve an exam that Flitto gives you. Once you are a qualified Flitto translator for a specific pair of languages, you’ll start translating requirements submitted by other users. The price is established by mutual agreement.

c.) Discovery: twitter accounts of big news companies, politicians, artists, and athletes are translated here. There is also content published by Flitto themselves that can be translated in this section.

d.) Event: every now and then, Flitto opens special events where you can translate phrases or record them. The payment is higher during these events.

Flitto Discovery

You can earn money while translating with Flitto.

You can earn money with every single translation you do with Flitto in the Discovery section. On Crowdsourced and 1:1 Pro Translation sections, your translation needs to be approved. Flitto allows you to cash out what you earn while doing translations in a diversity of ways. You can receive your money thru Paypal, buy Amazon Gift Cards or buy articles in the Flitto Store.

You will certainly not become rich using Flitto, but you can make some money while you translate to Italian or to any of the other languages that are contained in the platform.

How much money can you earn with Flitto?

Flitto works with a point system, where 1 USD equals 1,450 points. When you participate in an event, for each sentence you translate, you earn 100 points (0,07 USD). So to earn 1.03 USD you need to translate 15 sentences. In the events where you are required to record your voice in Italian or any other target language, the payments are the same as for translations. For each sentence recorded, you earn 0.07 USD.

If you translate the requirements submitted by other users in the Crowdsourced section, and your translation is chosen as the best, then you earn between 100 points (0.07 USD) and about 4,000 points (2.76 USD). The number of points is correlated with the length of what is required to be translated. The minimum payment, if the requirement is one sentence, is 100 points. There is not an upper limit to the payment or a limited number of sentences that can be requested to be translated. During the time I have been using Flitto, I have seen quite frequently translations in this range of points (100 to 4,000 points).

If you translate the tweets of your favorite athletes, politicians or artists, or the news accounts you follow, you earn 10 points for each tweet you translate. If you translate content published by Flitto, you earn 20 points for each tweet.

UPDATE: since January 2018 the Discovery section were you could translate tweets is not paying the 10 points reward it used to, neither the content published by Flitto the 20 points. I’ll continue commenting on this point when the platform states if this is a temporary situation or a permanent condition. All the other sections continue working and paying fine as always have been.

To withdraw your money to an Amazon Gift Card, you need to accumulate 10 USD. To withdraw using PayPal you need 35 USD.

Here is a table resuming the payments you can receive from Flitto.

Flitto earnings table

And here is another table with the ways you can cash out.

Flitto cashout

Flitto is a trusted site.

You can search the internet for negative reviews on Flitto and you will not find them. I personally have been using this site since March 2016, and they have paid correctly each withdraw I have made. Flitto does not have an Affiliate Program, so there are no affiliate links. That means that Flitto does not pay me anything if you join them thru my site. I really recommend this site if you are at an intermediate level or beyond in your second language. Flitto is the right site for you if:

1.) You want to practice your Italian skills or any other language that you have been learning.

2.) You want to be informed of what is happening around the world while translating the news on Twitter.

3.) Or you simply want to earn some bucks following the Twitter accounts of your favorite athletes, sports teams or artists (this section is not currently paying as cited in the UPDATE above).

To give Flitto a try, click here.

If you want to learn more about how reading the news can help you learn a new language, please click here.

If you have any questions or comments, please write them in the box below.

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  1. Hey, Henry!
    I absolutely loved the idea of making money with translations online.
    I’m checking this website Flitto today. Maybe I’ll make some bucks translating Portuguese articles and/or tweets… Who knows?!
    Thanks for the info.
    All the best.

    1. Hi, Eliane! It’s great to know you liked Flitto! And it’s really easy to use. Earning some bucks with Flitto is fun. And you get paid for doing things you normally do like reading the news or checking out your favorite Twitter accounts! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Hello Henry,
    I am absolutely surprised to discover this platform. So many thanks for this information. I am going to try it right away.
    I will have to come back to your site anyway, there is much to learn about “how to learn”.
    Thank you for sharing your Knowledge.
    See you soon,

    1. Hello, Françoise! Thank you very much for stopping by! I greatly appreciate your comment. Just a quick update: since January 2018 the Discovery section were you can translate tweets from accounts of big news companies, politicians, artists, and athletes is not paying the 10 points reward it used to. I’ll continue commenting on this point when the platform states if this is a temporary situation or a permanent condition.
      But in all the other sections, it continues working and paying as it has always been.
      It’s an honor to have you and you’re more than welcome to continue visiting us. All the best! 🙂

      1. Hi, I am one of Flitto’s translators. Actually I’ve asked Flitto regarding this matter. And their answer is… Nope. They won’t give points for translating Discovery section anymore. It is due to many violations by fraudulent users who make use of translation software for translating content in this section. So the only hope to earn income from Flitto is when your translation is selected in Crowdsource section; or when you have became translator Pro 1:1 and complete the translation job submitted by a requestor.

        1. Hi Asriza! I really enjoyed translating tweets and am sad that because of these fraudulent users Flitto had to close this opportunity of earning something through these micro translations.
          I would like to find a similar concept on another site, but so far I haven’t.
          I remember that when Flitto cancelled the opportunity to earn through tweets, I wrote to them because I had translated quite a few tweets and hadn’t received the points. And they answered that they had closed that option, but they would do an exception an give me the points I had earned those days I had continued translating tweets without knowing they had changed. It was generous on their part. Thank you Flitto!

  3. Hi Henry
    Thank you for sharing the article.
    I am also interested in Flitto, but I have a question for you:
    Are the rates all the same for any language pair? Or some language pair might be higher, and some might be lower?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Sabrina! Thank you very much for stopping by my site. I greatly appreciate your comment.
      Rates fluctuate from one pair of languages to another. Rates are based on demand.
      In the crowdsources sections rates vary. But in the 1:1 Pro Translation section rates vary even more.
      Hope this helps. All the best! 🙂

  4. This is the first time I have ever come across this idea of making money translating. Thank you so much for sharing it. I’ll check it out. It sound like a good option for me due to the fact I was raised hearing 2 languages simultaneously. I have bookmarked this website.

  5. It’s always a treat to learn about something new. I can say with all honesty that I had heard of this concept before. I don’t quite understand it, however. From what I gather I would have to speak one other language besides English in order to participate.

    Also, can’t a person just go to Google in order to have any language translated? I know I have used google translation before when I came across a facebook post for instance that was in German.

    Might be a great opportunity for my girlfriends. She is Swiss and is fluent in English, German, Spanish, French, and Italian.

    1. Hi Ray. There are ocassion when using Google translator is enough. But there are ocassions when we need more accurate translations and that’s when Flitto may come in.

      Thank you very much for stopping by and for your comment.

  6. Being able to follow tweets of our favorite athletes and artists even though they don’t post in English is quite a unique idea.

    I don’t know a second language. But I would like to follow this platform to read their tweets. Thank you.

    1. That’s an interesting feature Flitto has included among it’s services. Presently, they don’t reward users for translating tweets so there is not as much activity translating them (as used to be some years ago). But it continues to be a nice platform to get a quick and affordable translation for any request you have.

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