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English to Chinese Translation
Despite being two of the world’s most commonly spoken languages, English and Chinese are extremely dissimilar; each containing its own linguistic subtleties and complexities. The Chinese language is highly contextual, meaning slight changes in character composition can alter the meaning of a phrase completely. This poses a challenge for any professional translator, who must fully understand the intended purpose of a sentence and the language’s intricacies to avoid misunderstandings.
With seven distinct Chinese dialects and many more local dialects – which are often not mutually intelligible – the intended audience of a piece of translated writing must also be carefully considered. A piece of writing that works for one section of the population may not work for another, meaning only translators with a firm grasp of regional differences can be trusted to create work that produces the intended effect. As a language rich in its own idioms and convolutions, a Chinese translator must also be equally confident in their grasp of the English language to avoid any loss of meaning in their translations.
Chinese translation tips
Traditional vs Simplified Chinese
There are two distinct versions of written Chinese. At the end of the nineteenth century, In an effort to increase the literacy rate, the People’s Republic of China simplified the written language. Thus, two versions of written Chinese came into being: Traditional and Simplified. Depending on your target market, it is fairly straightforward to decide which to use based on geographic location. As a general rule, Simplified Chinese is the standard writing form used in Mainland China, Malaysia and Singapore. On the other hand, the Traditional form is primarily used in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Avoid machine translation
Beware of using machine translation (MT), especially when translating within the English to Chinese and Chinese to English language pairs. English and Chinese come from completely unrelated language groups, making them vastly different from each other not just in terms of linguistics and grammar, but also culturally and socially. Therefore, translation to and from Chinese requires a great deal of creativity and experience, which machine translation inherently lacks.
Popular Chinese translation phrases
Here are some of the most popular and searched for English phrases and their Chinese translations.
|What to translate from English||Chinese (Simplified) translation||Pinyin *|
|“hello” in Chinese||你好||Nǐ hǎo|
|“thank you” in Chinese||谢谢||Xièxiè|
|“goodbye” in Chinese||再见||Zàijiàn|
|“good morning” in Chinese||早上好||Zǎoshang hǎo|
|“I love you” in Chinese||我爱你||Wǒ ài nǐ|
|“I miss you” in Chinese||我想你||Wǒ xiǎng nǐ|
|“good luck” in Chinese||祝你好运||Zhù nǐ hǎo yùn|
|“happy new year” in Chinese||新年快乐||Xīnnián kuàilè|
|“happy birthday” in Chinese||生日快乐||Shēngrì kuàilè|
* Pinyin, which literally translated means “spell-sound”, is the standard system of romanized spelling for transliterating Chinese.
Chinese language facts
Chinese is the oldest written language on the planet and part of the Sino-Tibetan language family – a language family descended from Proto-Sino-Tibetan. In the 1950s, a form of simplified Chinese was developed. Today, this system continues to be used in mainland China, while the traditional version remains in use in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. Though their grammar systems and pronunciation differ significantly, Chinese characters are also used as part of the Japanese language.
- With nearly 1.3 billion native speakers worldwide, about 15% of the world’s population speaks a dialect of Chinese as their native tongue.
- Written Chinese dates back over 3,000 years. It consists of more than 20,000 distinct characters.
- Chinese is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, along with Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
- The Chinese language has seven major dialect groups, and each has its own variations. Mandarin dialects are spoken by 71.5 percent of the population.
Chinese varieties and dialects
Although native speakers will often describe Chinese as a single language, it is in fact more accurately thought of as a language family all of its own. Linguists disagree on just how many varieties of Chinese exist, but it is generally accepted that there are between 7 and 13.
With approximately 960 million speakers, Mandarin is the most commonly spoken dialect. This form is based on the Beijing dialect and is most typically spoken in northern and southwestern China. Mandarin is also referred to as Standard Chinese and is the official state language of China, Taiwan and one of the official languages of Singapore.
Wu, or Shanghainese, is another key dialect of the Chinese language. Formed of a group of regional dialects spoken in places such as Shanghai, Suzhou, Ningbo and Wuxi, it has roughly 70 million people speakers. With 60 million speakers, Cantonese Chinese is a main dialect of Chinese, spoken primarily in southeastern China (an area historically known as Canton), as well as by a large number of Chinese expatriates worldwide. Despite sharing some vocabulary, Cantonese and Mandarin are mutually unintelligible, owing to their differing systems of grammar, lexicon and pronunciation.
Gengo’s translators are native Chinese speakers and language experts who are able to ensure your content is perfectly optimized to reach the right audience.
Chinese translation services
Gengo is a leading provider in professional English to Chinese translation. With thousands of professional English to Chinese translators located worldwide, no other translation company can provide fast and high quality Chinese business translation at a more competitive rate. We currently deliver hundreds of Chinese translation projects each month, easily and at scale.
Ordering Chinese translations on the Gengo system gives you access to hundreds of native Chinese translators experienced in translating to and from Chinese. In addition, our platform features many built-in QA tools to ensure quality and accuracy across all your projects.
Thousands of businesses, big and small, choose Gengo based on our attractive rates. Our prices are among the most competitive, with low per-word pricing starting from $0.05. Request a quote for professional translation to and from Chinese.
Most businesses have urgent translation needs. Gengo offers around the clock support for getting all your content translated into Chinese quickly, whether you need to translate 200 or two million words.
For your business to succeed in the challenging Chinese market, you’ll need to translate all your content quickly, efficiently and affordably. Gengo supports professional Chinese translation of a wide range of document and content types, including:
- Chinese website localization
- Chinese mobile app localization
- Chinese game localization
- Chinese product description translation
- Customer support translation
- Translate marketing copy, ads and social media
- Translate news articles and entertainment
- Translate travel listings and guides
- Chinese document translation
- Translate emails, letters and more
Gengo’s Chinese translators are experts in their field with years of professional translation experience under their belts. This is why Gengo is trusted by global companies like YouTube, Airbnb and Sony to translate content at high quality and lightning speed. Our innovative translation platform and global network of translators means that no matter the size or complexity of your Chinese translation project, we are able to deliver on time, every time, with quality assured.
If you are looking to translate your English content not only to Chinese, here are some more available languages:
- Japanese translator, see Japanese translation
- Spanish translator, see Spanish translation
- German translator, see German translation
- Portuguese translator, see Portuguese translation
- Dutch translator, see Dutch translation
- Italian translator, see Italian translation
- French translator, see French translation
- Greek translator, see Greek translation