Cantonese is a quite conservative Chinese dialect, closer to old forms of the language than other dialects. Cantonese has nine tones, six of regular length and three for the short syllables. Mandarin is very different from the dialects of the south, such as Cantonese, to the point that manylinguistsprefer to consider Mandarin and the dialects of the south as different languages (Mandarin has 4 tones and a neutral tone that one doesnt write).
English has been the dominant globallanguagefor a century, and it is still recognized and studied in the majority of the countries worldwide; nevertheless, the most popularlanguageis Chinese. The vast number of native speakers combined with those who use it as a secondlanguage, brings it to top the list as the most spokenlanguagein the world. There are two systems used in daily life, spokenlanguageand writtenlanguage.
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In the old days, every one used Traditional Chinese, but starting in the 1930s, the Chinese government issued the new Simplified Chinese characters to make the language easier to learn in the hope of increasing Chinese peoples educational level; it was simplified by reducing the number of pen-strokes in many characters.
Very often, we receive requests for Chinese speaking interpreters from some of the worlds most well-known companies. The most important aspect to take into account is the dialect that is required when requesting a quote forChinese interpretation services. To that end, keep in mind that the dominantdialectsare Mandarin and Cantonese. Mandarin is the standard and official spoken language for mainland China. Cantonese is a spoken language in certain areas of China (Guangdong province) and also in Hong Kong and Macao.
In addition, to the requests for interpreters we have a constant flow of requests forChinese translation services. The Cantonese dialect is usually written in Traditional Chinese . On the other hand, Mandarin is generally written in Simplified Chinese .
Do not hesitate to contact us to request afree quotefor Simplified or Traditional Chinese or for a Chinese-speaking interpreter.