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English to traditional Chinese translation services

How many times have you heard people tell you to learn Chinese because it is the most important language in the world? Countless?

Yes. In fact, judging from the trend at the moment, IT IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE FUTURE!!

No matter where you get your information from, although there may be some discrepancies in terms of the figure, but the one unifying fact is that Chinese is the most spoken language in the world. The most populous country in the world, China uses the language. Apart from that, Chinese is also the official language of Taiwan and one of the official languages of Singapore. In fact, one in five of the world’s population speaks a form of Chinese.

The history of Chinese language dates back more than 2000 years. The earliest form of Chinese characters was represented by pictures (pictograph). Of course, these evolved over time and they became more stylised, taking on the current form you see today.

If you include all Chinese variants, there are about 106,230 Chinese characters. Lucky for us, most of these characters are obsolete or not commonly used. But in order to be proficient in the Chinese language, you need to know between 2500 characters to 3500 characters.

It is definitely worth the effort because knowing how to read and write Chinese means that you have the ability to communicate with over 1.3 billion people!! Think about that in terms of translating literature, marketing materials, User Interface, user guides etc for your products and services.

Officially, there are two different types of written Chinese: Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. There are just too much to talk about on how these two Chinese came about so we will not discuss it here.

As a guide, Simplified Chinese is used in China and Singapore while Traditional Chinese is used in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and by most overseas Chinese.

The most significant difference between the two different Chinese is the character set. But if you think that is all the difference there is, then you are in for a shock. Depending on where you use the language, through localisation, the different places have developed a set of vocabulary that is unique to the local culture.

Although Simplified Chinese is used in Singapore, but due to influences of the Malay language and the colloquial use of Chinese in Singapore, there are terms used that are unique to the country.

Similarly, there are also difference between the Traditional Chinese used in Taiwan and Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, as Cantonese is the most spoken form of Chinese, Traditional Chinese takes on a very different characteristic. Traditional Chinese, thus is read in Cantonese and it includes many characters that are only present in Cantonese. Obviously, you will find very Cantonese vocabularies in this form of Traditional Chinese.

In Taiwan, the Traditional Chinese is spoken in Mandarin and still used in its most formal form.

So which English to Chinese translation service do you need?

That really depends.

If your primary market is China, Simplified Chinese for China market will do the trick as Simplified Chinese is general understood in Singapore too. However, if you want to be more specific, you should request for English to simplified Chinese translation services for China and another variant for Singapore.

If your primary market is Taiwan, Traditional Chinese as it is read in Mandarin is the obvious choice. Again, although this version of Traditional Chinese is understood in Hong Kong and Macau but if you have a significant customer base in Hong Kong and Macau, it is only wise to consider getting English to traditional Chinese translation services in your localization effort.

Now that you know all these, do you believe that this is just the tip of the iceberg??!!

With more than 2 decades of experience in providing English to Chinese and Chinese to English translation services, we can share this valuable experience with you. With our ISO 17100 certification, you can now leave the tedious task of translation to our professional team of linguists and project managers.

Contact us now at +65 6576 0138 or fill up our web inquiry form immediately. We are ready to share our experience with you.





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