Professional Chinese Translation service for the Chinese Speaking Market
Considered one of the hardest languages to translate into and from, Chinese translation is definitely one of the most challenging of all the languages. If the Chinese translator you engaged is not well qualified, translation mistakes can surface causing huge misunderstandings and making a laughing stock of your products and services.
There are numerous challenges when it comes to Chinese translation that one should take note of. One of the challenges is the type of Chinese used in the different regions. Depending on where the Chinese is used, it is more than just choosing between using Simplified or Traditional Chinese.
In general, the following challenges are more prevalent in Chinese translation:
- There are many dialects used by the Chinese. Although standard Chinese is used in it written form, apart from dealing with the issue of Simplified and Traditional Chinese, the different dialects will greatly influence the word choices and meaning.
- Chinese as a writing system has been in existence for centuries. Each Chinese character represents a word sometimes with different meaning and serving different purposes. While accurate Chinese translation, like translation into any other language, relies very much on the context, an extensive knowledge of the Chinese language, the context and its connotations will determine a good translation from a bad one.
- Grammatical structure in the Chinese language is different from that of English.
There are many examples of errors in translation you can see in the cyberspace. Most of them leave you laughing out loud but imagine if you are at the receiving end. These mistakes can be avoided if you employ the service of reliable, professional translation service with a strong and extensive background in Chinese translation.
So which CHINESE TRANSLATION SERVICES do you need?
That really depends.
If your primary market is Mainland China, Simplified Chinese for the China market will do the trick. Simplified Chinese is generally 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.
Yes. There are many more things to consider than just hiring someone who knows Chinese to handle translation from English to Chinese and vice versa.
ABOUT THE CHINESE 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 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 which 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.
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!
Your best choice for professional Chinese translation
When it comes to Chinese translation, it is about getting the right Chinese translators with sufficient training and professional experience to produce Chinese translations that are fit for their purpose.
With more than two decades of experience in providing translation from English to Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Simplified/Traditional Chinese to English and all Chinese related translation services, we are well prepared to share this valuable experience with you.
With our ISO 17100 certification and a huge pool of Chinese translators built over the past 20 years, you know your translations are in good hands. Let our professional team of linguists and project managers handle the tedious task of translation for you, leaving you with more time to do what matters most to you: your business.
Providing translation solutions for the Chinese speaking market, Chinese translation is definitely our forte. Since 1996, we have translated more than 1 billion words alone for the Chinese language. In fact, more than 70% of the translation business conducted in Lingua Technologies International, are for the Chinese market. When you work with us for your professional Chinese translation requirement, you know you are getting expert advice and solutions right from the source.
Contact us now at +65 6576 0138 or fill up our web inquiry form immediately. We are ready to share our experience with you.
WHY CHOOSE US?
With more than 20 years of proven excellence in translation services, Lingua Technologies International is one of the pioneers in offering Multilingual Translation Service Solution to Singapore and the region. The company takes pride in making translation an invaluable experience. With the ISO 17100 certification, you now have a peace of mind that your translation projects are always processed and handled by professionals in accordance to guidelines and standards set forth in this ISO certification specification developed for Translation Businesses worldwide. You can now leave the tedious task of translation to our professional team of linguists and project managers, while you work on what matters most to you: your business.