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Chinese Language

Chinese refers to a group of languages that forms the Sinitic branch of the Sino-Tibetan languages. These varieties are spoken by the ethnic Han Chinese majority and many minority ethnic groups in Greater China. About 1.3 billion people speak Chinese as their native tongue. The first written records of the Chinese language appeared over 3,000 years ago during the Shang dynasty. As the Chinese language evolved over this period, the various local varieties became mutually unintelligible.

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Officially, there are 10 different varieties of Chinese, that are locally called Chinese Dialects or 汉语方言 (Hànyǔ fāngyán). Many people consider them as separate languages. Mandarin Chinese belongs to the Sino-Tibetan language family and is the most commonly spoken language in China. One of common thoughts is to address the difference between traditional and simplified Chinese. The Simplified Chinese is officially used in mainland China and Singapore, and is often also used by the Chinese community in Malaysia, while the Traditional Chinese is used in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. The main difference between the Traditional and Simplified Chinese is in character form. The Traditional Chinese language has a larger number & more complicated form of characters. Vocabulary, sentence structure, punctuation & text flow also differ.

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Other than English, the Mandarin Chinese is considered the top language worldwide for business. Chinese has become a global language due to the ever-growing business in China. One of the main reasons to translate from & into Chinese is that you will be able to do better business with Chinese large-scale companies. The fact is that China is a game changer & a main player of the world economy as a main product supplier for a large number of worldwide markets. Good Chinese translations actually mean broader markets & more successful business.

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Chinese varieties are one of Jargon important languages that we dedicate a large number of linguistic services for, including:

 

  • Document Translation

  • Website Localization

  • Bilingual Revision

  • Proofreading

  • Language Sign-off

  • Cognitive Debriefing

  • Desktop Publishing (DTP)

 

This applies to a pool of many translation fields that Jargon work on such as:

 

  • Life Sciences

  • Games

  • Financial

  • Legal

  • Marketing

  • Software & IT

  • Tourism & Hospitality

  • E-commerce

  • Learning & Education