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WHY CHOOSE US?

 

Spanning more than 2 decades with proven excellence in translation services, Lingua Technologies International takes pride in making translation an invaluable experience. With our ISO 17100 certification, you can be rest assured that your translation is always in good hands. You can now leave the tedious task of translation to our efficient team of linguists and managers, while you work on the rest

CHINESE IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE FUTURE

Due to its growing importance in the global language pie, Chinese is often cited as one of the most highly revered languages in the world.

Regardless of the discrepancies in terms of figure, the unifying fact is that Chinese is one of the most spoken languages in the world. China, one of the world’s most populous countries, has native speakers who speak primarily in Chinese. Apart from this, Chinese is also the official language of Taiwan and one of Singapore’s official languages. In fact, one in five of the world’s population speaks a form of Chinese.

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!

ABOUT THE LANGUAGE

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 stylized, 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.

Officially, there are two different types of written Chinese: Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

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

The most significant difference between the two different forms is the character set. Depending on the language usage through localization, places with Chinese speakers have developed a set of vocabulary that is unique to their local culture.

Although Simplified Chinese is used in Singapore, 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 differences 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. 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. 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 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 to aid in your localization effort.

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

Source:

https://www.hutong-school.com/how-many-chinese-characters-are-there

https://www.thoughtco.com/chinese-language-2279455

https://www.quora.com/How-different-is-the-Chinese-language-in-Singapore-to-that-in-China

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