Chinese is the language with the most native speakers in the world. However, this information should be nuanced, as today, Chinese is actually considered to be a group of languages belonging to the Sino-Tibetan family, although most Chinese people see the different variants as one language. These dialects can be as different as Catalan and French, for example. Chinese is the official language of the People’s Republic of China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Taiwan and Singapore (where it coexists with three other official languages). It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations and is widely spoken in certain areas of other countries in South-East Asia.
It must be pointed out that there are two variants of written Chinese: traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese. This must be taken into account when taking on a translation, as the linguistic variant depends on where the document will be used: traditional Chinese is used in Taiwan and Hong Kong, while simplified Chinese is used mainly in the People’s Republic of China.
At Ampersand, we work with professional translators who are native speakers of Chinese, hold a degree in translation and interpreting (or similar qualifications, depending on their country of origin), have been trained by Ampersand, have extensive experience, and translate from various languages into Chinese.
Likewise, we collaborate with professional translators who are native speakers of the translation’s target language, hold a degree in translation and interpreting (or similar qualifications, depending on their country of origin), have been trained by Ampersand, have extensive experience, and translate from Chinese into their native language.