Translation into Chinese
Due to the large Chinese population, and because of those who choose to learn the language, Chinese is by far the most spoken language in the world.
Chinese around the world
China has a population of approximately 1,400 billion people. The vast majority speaks Mandarin, the standard version of Chinese. Mandarin is the language of education and administration. It is also this standard version that is spoken by Chinese speakers from neighbouring counties. There are records of hundreds and thousands of Chinese Speakers in Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. Because of business and because of the number of Chinese people in these countries, this language has become the official language of communication there.
The expansion of the Chinese language spreads over the boarders of Asia, as well as across practically all 5 continents. It is for this reason that about 30 million people, more or less frequently in contact with this diaspora, or who deal directly with China have become Chinese speakers.
Chinese in the Professional Sphere
China has become a leader in business worldwide, so much that its language has become increasingly significant in order to become a privileged partner of Chinese professionals and traders. China is involved in various sectors. It has supplanted the United States as far as the mobile phone is concerned. It is the second largest foreign exchange reserve in the world. It is also a giant factory for numerous industries: clothing, cars, or electrical appliances among other domains. The Chinese economy is not just reliant on exportation. Importation also plays an important role in meeting the needs of its vast population.
The Subtleties of the Chinese Language
According to some studies, Chinese is becoming the common language of Asia. Therefore, to learn it and master it is practically inevitable for those hoping to take advantage of the Asian market. As commercial transactions are always recorded in in writing, the services of a professional translator are indispensable when one does not speak the language, especially when it is a specific sector.
Mandarin is distinguished from Cantonese, one of the most known and widely spoken dialects of Chinese, by the sound and tone of sentences. There is also a major difference between sentence structure and syntax. To give an example, for the phrase ‘give me that book please’ Cantonese uses the following order ‘please, give that book to me’ (a loose translation of characters 唔該畀本書我), whereas in Mandarin one would say ‘please this book give me’ (請把書給我). And as we can see, the characters are different between these two versions of Chinese.