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With over 5000 professional linguists worldwide (and growing), award-winning translation technology and proven language delivery solutions, we are well positioned to handle a diverse range of translation projects in Chinese.

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Accurate and consistent translation across 96 languages means you can reach 138 new global markets, or local communities.​​

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Powering communication in 96 languages at thousands of organisations worldwide.

From English-only content to translating in 10+ languages, Lexigo's tech-enabled approach gives ANZ scalable enterprise-level translation to rapid new market launches. 

As one of Australia's 'big-4', ANZ operates globally and offers a range of commercial and retail banking services in a variety of languages.

Services that power Chinese communication across any medium.

Our global team of native Chinese translators cover all Chinese-speaking regions to ensure we match your communication requirements to the region’s dialect and local lingo.

As an end-to-end translation services provider, we power Chinese communication across any medium, in local and global Chinese markets.

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Adapt your website, app or software to engage with your Chinese user's language and culture. 

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Desk top publishing and typesetting services by native Chinese professionals.

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Build a successful team who understands the Chinese culture and business customs.

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Learn how Lexigo helps people and organisations communicate effectively across 96 languages.

Doing business in China: your starter guide.

With a population of more than one billion, China can be overwhelming at first especially if you’re from a smaller city, but understanding the culture is key.

The population figure alone serves as an insight into the behavioural attributes of the Chinese market; how the Chinese receive information, the amount of information they receive, the array of marketing and media they’re exposed to on a daily basis and the many cities and provinces across the country – all of which have their own unique sub-cultures.

The enriched traditions of thousands of years of languages, cultures, nations and religions is threaded into society, mostly depending on the area you’re visiting. For example, Shanghai is more westernised with a globally savvy and accepting population.

It’s definitely not a country to approach lightly or to approach bootstrapped.

Capital

The capital of China is

Beijing

Language

Official written language

Simplified Chinese

Dial code

Calling outside China

Plus Eight Six

(+86)

Currency

Symbol: ¥

CNY

Chinese Yuan

The Chinese language.

The Chinese language, namely Standard Mandarin, is the official language of China and is used in Mongolia, Singapore and Taiwan, among others.

Overview

In its written form, it’s most commonly used in Simplified Chinese or Traditional Chinese (although there are many more dialects and written forms). Generally speaking, you can associate Simplified Chinese with the spoken language of Mandarin and Traditional Chinese with the spoken language of Cantonese.

Chinese is a language group consisting of many languages, some 13 main dialects, some of which include Standard Chinese/Mandarin, Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghaiese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan and Hakka dialects.

These are mutually unintelligible to varying degrees, with Standard Chinese/Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect) being the national language spoken by more than 70% of the population.

Traditional vs. Simplified Chinese Translation

Traditional and Simplified Chinese are the two main written forms for Chinese characters. Simplified is most commonly referred to as ‘Spoken Mandarin’ whilst Traditional Chinese can be associated with ‘Spoken Cantonese’.

If you’re looking for Chinese translation or writing your content in Chinese, the system you select will depend on two things; the location and the people.

Generally speaking, the traditional system is still used in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Chinese speaking communities outside mainland China (except Singapore and Malaysia). Its form originates from the standardised character forms dating back to the late Han dynasty.

Simplified Chinese however, literally ‘simplifies’ most complex traditional characters/glyphs to fewer strokes, many to common caoshu shorthand variants, and is used across most of China and Singapore.

Facts about the Chinese language

A knowledge of 2000 characters supports basic literacy.

Doing business tips.

Apart from translation tips such as making sure you’ve selected the correct writing system for your target market and using native Chinese translators, the following tips should help you in face-to-face situations.

Take your time

A strong negotiating tactic and cultural characteristic that can be used against you if you try to rush things.

Collectivist culture

The Chinese culture is collectivist so it pays to understand cultural dimensions when doing business in China.

Take note of the details

Cultural customs such as handing your business card with two hands is a must and a sign of respect. Other customs and attention to the details will be of benefit.

Hierarchical society

Ensure you go through the appropriate hierarchy when doing business, even when you greet.

Business dress is formal

This means shirt, tie and trousers and if in doubt, just wear a suit. Women in China dress conservatively and formally for work.

Resources to get you started.

PWC has some great content on doing business and investing in China, all compiled in to one download.

DoingBusiness.org highlights China’s current economy and provides a detailed process on how to start a business in China.

Austrade has a wonderful section dedicated to China’s Market Profile, Statistics, News and Insights, Events, Visiting tips and more.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Learn more about the Chinese language and FAQ for Chinese translation services.

What does Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese mean?


The most important thing you need to know is that this classification revolves around the characters used. Here is why. Since its birth, Chinese was always written in characters that closely resembled those of the hieroglyphs or pictogrammes and over a long period of time became more complex, hence requiring more complex strokes - this is what is generally referred to as Traditional Chinese. On the other hand, Simplified Chinese as the name suggests, rendered the writing of certain pictograms easier by reducing the number of lines and hence limiting the total number of characters. This was a result of deliberate efforts undertaken by the Chinese government in mainland China to make the language more simple and accessible. Today, Simplified Chinese is largely used in the Mainland, while traditional Chinese is more common in places like Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.




What is Mandarin and Cantonese? Are there other dialects?


Mandarin and Cantonese are spoken dialects of Chinese. Generally speaking, Simplified Chinese is mostly associated with the written form of Simplified Chinese, while Cantonese is mostly associated with the written form of Traditional Chinese. Chinese is an all encompassing umbrella term for all dialects in mainland China as well as outside China. To this end, Cantonese and Mandarin are classified under the term Chinese and in fact, both of them share the same base alphabet but there is a catch; as spoken languages, they are very distinct and are not mutually intelligible. Geographically, the Cantonese dialect is found in the provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi, Hong Kong, Macao and the larger Southeast Asia region. To compare, just look at how the German language has diverse dialects like the Bavarian, Swiss and Hanoverian dialects but, all these dialects are under one umbrella term called the German language. Other Chinese dialects include: Min (闽语 / 閩語 / mǐnyǔ) Most Chinese immigrants to Southeast Asia speak the Min dialect. It is also spoken in the province of Fujian, in southeastern China. It is also spoken by some groups from the provinces of Guangdong, Hainan, southern Zhejiang and Taiwan. The xiang (湘 语 / 湘 語 / Xiangyǔ) Mostly spoken in Hunan Province it has about 36 million speakers. Interestingly, Xiang was chairman Mao Zedong's mother tongue and since he spoke it better than Standard Mandarin, he encouraged the usage of this dialect as the national dialect for the country during his reign. Hakka (客家 话 / 客家 話 / kèjiāhuà) With about 34 million speakers, it is spoken in the northern part of Guangdong, Fujian and Taiwan. J in (晋 语 / 晉 語 / jìnyǔ) Its geographic distribution covers most of Shanxi province. Hui (徽 语 / 徽 語 / huīyǔ) It is spoken in the southern province of Anhui as well as parts of neighboring provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangxi. Some linguists consider it a variety of Wu, while for others, it is part of Gan. Ping (平 话 / 平 話 / pínghuà) It is a dialect that is very closely related to Cantonese. It is spoken in parts of Guangxi Zhuang autonomous province, as well as in Hunan province. Gan (赣 语 / 贛 語 / gànyǔ) Spoken in Jiangxi province and has about 31 million speakers. It is mainly spoken in Jiangxi, and in neighboring provinces. Wu (吴语 / 吳語 / wúyǔ) Wu is largely spoken in Shanghai municipality and although it’s spoken by almost 14 million people, it has been losing ground.




What's the difference between spoken Chinese and written Chinese?


Written Chinese happens to be generally standardized - unlike spoken Chinese. In fact, the written Chinese language is generally considered by historians as a unifying factor in Chinese history since it transcends the differences between the Chinese dialects. That’s why speakers of dialects like Cantonese or Mandarin, will write in the same standard Chinese - albeit with minor differences.




The Chinese language.


Chinese belongs to a family of languages called the Sino-Tibetan languages, which is a region largely covering South Asia East Asia, South-East Asia and Central Asia. One of the most interesting things about Chinese is that it is one of the few ancient languages which is still spoken to date. As a matter of fact, it appeared almost 2,000 years before Christ. Because of its longevity, it has gone through a few evolutions with the most conspicuous one being its classification into simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese.





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