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Are There Differences Between Translating To Chinese or From Chinese

(Last Updated On: July 3, 2017)

Working with Chinese as a translator is not easy at all, especially if you need to translate English to Chinese. The two languages are just too different, so it takes much time and experience to become confident translating to Chinese.

Translating to Chinese

If you need English to Chinese translation for your business or personal dealings, you should better use the services of a reliable translation company. Even if you have studied the language and understand most of the things while reading, it still might be impossible for you to translate it to English and vice versa. Have in mind that there are significant differences between translating to Chinese and from it.

The Chinese Language

Working with this language as a translator is difficult because there are many varieties of the language. They are described by the native speakers as dialects of a single Chinese language, but according to linguists they are as diverse as a whole language family.  Between 7 and 13 main regional groups of this language could be distinguished. The most popular of them is Mandarin which is being spoken by about 960 million people. Other popular dialects are Wu, Yue and Min. When you are making a translation, you need to know what type of dialect you work with.

Standard Chinese

The so called ‘Standard Chinese’ is the official and standardized form of spoken Chinese. Standard Chinese uses as a base the Beijing dialect of Mandarin. It is the official language of China and Taiwan, so you should use it when translating to Chinese. Its written form is shared by many speakers of the Chinese dialects, so you need to know it very well.

In the general case, using the standard Chinese for translation is a good option because it is official and well-known, however, there are cases when you have to translate to a certain dialect and if you don’t know it very well, your translation might not be good. This is why USA Translate only uses natives in the language the text in being translated into, as only a native will be able to accurately convey the meaning of the original text.

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