Interpreter in China

Asia, and in particular the multicultural centre of China, is becoming increasingly important on the international stage. Interpreters and translators for language mediation are therefore becoming increasingly important. Find all the important information about finding an interpreter in the Middle Kingdom here.


Fields of application of a Chinese interpreter

In the course of globalisation, many business travellers and holidaymakers are drawn to China. This makes Chinese interpreters of various language combinations all the more in demand. One example of the use of a Chinese interpreter in a business environment is negotiations with Chinese suppliers or cooperation partners. The better the understanding works, the more likely the outcome of the negotiations will be positive.

It is not uncommon for business deals to fail because of the language barrier. Leave nothing to chance when it comes to important conversations, but choose the appropriate interpreter carefully. The latter should keep an overview even when intense discussions about technical issues arise. He should also be familiar with manners. Furthermore, Chinese interpreters are often booked for factory visits, notary appointments or trade fairs. In the private sector, an interpreter is often booked as a travel companion.

Information on the Chinese language

With 1.3 billion speakers, Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world and belongs to the linguistic group of Sino-Tibetan languages. In addition to China, it is spoken in Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, among others.

In the Chinese language, a distinction is made between different regional dialects. The most widely spoken Chinese language is Mandarin, which is also known as High Chinese. Mandarin is also spoken in Taiwan and Singapore. In addition, there are the dialects Wu, Cantonese, Min, Jinyu, Xiang, Hakka and Gan. Wu is the most common, with 80 million speakers, and is spoken in the area around Shanghai and the mouth of the Yangzi River. With 70 million speakers, Cantonese is also an important dialect as it is spoken in the economic region of Hong Kong, Macau, Guangdong, Wuzhou and Guangxi.

The dialects of the Chinese language vary greatly in how far they differ from High Chinese (Mandarin). The basis is also the same script, but the characters are sometimes combined differently and the pronunciation is also subject to different rules.

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How do you find a suitable interpreter for the Chinese language?

To find a suitable Chinese interpreter for your purpose, it is essential that you find out in advance which Chinese language your counterpart speaks. The dialects differ greatly in some cases and it is therefore not to be expected that every Chinese interpreter is proficient in several dialects. As Chinese languages are very complex and the manners are very different from European languages, we recommend that you speak with a native speaker in order to avoid any possible pitfalls or misunderstandings in advance.

In addition, you need to decide on a type of interpreting. Basically, you have the choice between a consecutive and a simultaneous interpreter. A consecutive interpreter is particularly recommended for business meetings or negotiations, as the interpreter alternately translates what both parties say into the other language. For a larger event, factory tour or training, it is advisable to hire a simultaneous interpreter. This translates the spoken word in real time. Either through whispered interpreting or through an interpreter's booth, in which the interpreter listens in through headphones and relays what has been interpreted to the persons concerned via microphone. This requires the appropriate technology, which lingoking can gladly organise for you.

For round trips through China, we recommend an accompanying interpreter, who will accompany you on the entire route and can take over communication at any time.

Worldwide interpreter placement with lingoking

lingoking can always provide you with the right interpreter who perfectly matches your requirements - no matter what language combination or region. On-site appointments in China are also no problem.

We will only provide you with interpreters who are qualified in specific fields and also interpreters who understand Chinese customs. On request, the use of sworn interpreters is also possible, for example for notary appointments.

Not only German - Chinese interpreters are in great demand, but also the combinations Spanish - Chinese and English - Chinese. We will be happy to provide you with an individual offer. Simply fill out the contact form or give us a call.


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At lingoking you will find your perfect interpreter: Send us your request and let us know for which language combination and occasion, as well as when and where you need an interpreter. We will then send you a personal offer. It’s as easy as that!
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Chinese translations

Often, in addition to an interpreter, a translator is also needed to take care of the relevant documents or contracts. lingoking can provide you with the right specialist translator for Chinese here. Depending on your needs, we can also certify official documents for you. This applies not only to the language combination German - Chinese, but also to any other.

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All facts at a glance

  • Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. However, there are many different dialects
  • Find out in advance which Chinese dialect your counterpart speaks.
  • In the Asian region, a lot of emphasis is placed on behaviour and manners.
  • lingoking can provide you with consecutive and simultaneous interpreters worldwide, including on-site in China.
  • Specialist translations in your desired language combination are also possible.

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