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Green Crescent is a professional language provider specializing in Chinese translation. We offer document translation services in such diverse areas as business, legal, medical, technical, financial, scientific, government, engineering, software, gaming, and IT just to name a few. We also perform related services in desk top publishing, graphic design, transcription, copywriting, as well as website development and localization. We can also perform translations in non-English language pairs.

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Educated, professional linguistic specialists translating into their native language. All Green Crescent linguists work exclusively in their mother tongues to ensure the highest level of quality and authenticity - no machine translations, ever.

Quick Facts

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken form of all Chinese dialects. Mandarin is spoken in all of China north of the Yangtze River and in much of the rest of the country. China's seven main language groups are Mandarin, Wu, Xiang, Hakka, Gan, Cantonese, and Min which linguists have divided into between 5 and 7 sub-dialects, all of which are mutually unintelligible.

Despite these divisions, Standard Mandarin, based on the Beijing dialect, is the official standard used in the People's Republic of China, the Republic of China (Taiwan), and Singapore. It is the language of government, media, and of instruction in schools making it by far the best language for wider communication.

Mandarin Chinese has roughly 70,000 characters and phonetic sounds. For reference, one needs to know about 3,000 characters to read a newspaper. Though the Chinese writing system has been standardized only relatively recently, its principles remain essentially the same as they did 3000 years ago.

One of the things our clients find most confusing is understanding the differences between spoken Mandarin and Cantonese and the different writing systems, Simplified and Traditional, when deciding which is most appropriate for their target market. In order to assist you, we have created this little chart for quick reference:

Traditional Simplified
Mandarin Taiwan Mainland China
Cantonese Hong Kong n/a

Green Crescent can customize our services to suit your needs and your budget. You can read more about the different types of Chinese translation services we offer and their associated costs here.

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