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.