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    Question Chinese Vs. Mandarin, Simplified Vs. Traditional

    Can anyone tell me what's the difference between Chinese and Mandarin and, the difference between Simplified and Traditional Chinese?

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    Hi Sergio,
    I think Mandarin is a kind of chinese, but that's as far as my knowledge goes. I'm interested in the answer too!

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    Hi Sergio & Veronica,
    From what I've learned after doing some quotes is that Chinese has different dialects (oral language). The most common ones are Mandarin and Cantonese, being Mandarin the most widely used.
    Regarding Traditional vs. Simplified Chinese, this has to do with the use of a different set of characters. Chinese in itsefl has an incredibly difficult writing system so they've decided that for printing purposes they would simplify these characters.
    If you know anything more about this, please let me know!

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    Recently I read in the paper that Mandarin is China's official language, and it's spoken by about 60% of the population.

    They really have communication issues

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    I heard in India there are about 14 dialects. How amy dialects are there in the chinese Language ?


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    When considering English to Chinese Translation, the form of written and spoken Chinese, which should be used in communications. There are three types of Chinese in general:

    1. Mandarin, written using short-form (Simplified Chinese) characters - Mainland China and Singapore

    2. Mandarin, written using long-form (Traditional Chinese) characters - Taiwan

    3. Cantonese, written using long-form characters - Hong Kong and overseas Chinese
    Last edited by IUS; 10-18-2008 at 07:53 PM.

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    leadtoasia -

    If I am coordinating a translation and the client requests that it be prepared for both mainland China and the overseas Chinese market, should I ask for a quote for both Mandarin and Cantonese as you showed, or would they be able to understand if we prepped only one in either Mandarin or Cantonese?

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    Mandarin is China's official language, if you speak it in China, you wil be understood by most of the people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottJ
    leadtoasia -

    If I am coordinating a translation and the client requests that it be prepared for both mainland China and the overseas Chinese market, should I ask for a quote for both Mandarin and Cantonese as you showed, or would they be able to understand if we prepped only one in either Mandarin or Cantonese?
    I think just Mandarin is ok.

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    Default Re: Chinese Vs. Mandarin, Simplified Vs. Traditional

    Is it difficult to learn Chinese? What do you think?

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