Chinese Language

Chinese Translation & Chinese Interpretation Services

Providing Professional Translation, Interpretation and Localization services in Chinese and more than 200 other languages and dialects.

Autonym(s)

Simp.: 汉语; Trad.: 漢語 or 中文; Pinyin: Hànyǔ, Zhōngwén

Number of Speakers

1.2 billion native speakers

Geographic Distribution

People’s Republic of China, Taiwan (Republic of China), Singapore

Official or Recognized Status

Official: People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Singapore

Classification

Sinitic branch of the Sino-Tibetan Language Family

Features

Tonal language (3-12 tones, depending on the variety); Subject-Verb-Object (SVO) word order; Analytic language that relies on syntax rather than morphology.

Dialects

Mandarin (Standard), Wu, Gan, Xiang, Min, Hakka, Yue (Cantonese), and various other dialect groups and sub-dialects. Many Chinese dialects are not mutually intelligible, leading many linguists to classify them as separate languages within the Chinese language continuum rather than true “dialects.”

Writing System

Chinese characters (Hanzi), which are not phonetic, and each of which represents a monosyllabic Chinese morpheme. “Traditional” style of characters used in Taiwan and Hong Kong, “Simplified” style used in Mainland China and Singapore.

U.S. Distribution

2.8 million speakers, with Mandarin and Cantonese being the two most widely spoken varieties. Third-most widely spoken language in the U.S. Largest communities found in California, New York, Texas, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Illinois.

At Latitude Prime, we offer Chinese translation, Chinese interpretation, and Chinese localization services in numerous specialized subject areas and multiple dialects. Whether you need to translate public information notices into Traditional Chinese in San Diego, need a Cantonese interpreter for an immigration hearing in New York, or want to localize your website into both Simplified and Traditional Chinese to market your products or services in China and Taiwan, Latitude Prime has the customized language solution to meet all of your Chinese language needs.

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