Linguistics

Basic knowledge of Asian languages and translation techniques between English and other languages

Traditional Chinese, Mandarin, Taiwanese or Min Nan Dialect?

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 in Linguistics

Traditional Chinese, Mandarin, Taiwanese or Min Nan Dialect? Traditional Chinese is currently used in Taiwan (Republic of China), Hong Kong and Macau and takes its form from standardized character forms dating back since the late Han dynasty. Overseas Chinese communities generally use traditional characters, but simplified characters are often used among mainland Chinese immigrants. Spoken Chinese has numerous regional and local varieties (dialects), many of which are mutually unintelligible. Cantonese is the predominant dialect of Chinese spoken in Hong Kong and Macau. Cantonese is also the...

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Language translations can be funny, right?

Posted on May 8, 2014 in Linguistics

Since the dawn of man, development of language has been the single most important to separate him from the other animal on the planet – and each other. As cultures rose, those with the ‘gift’ to learn another language became valued assets to the leadership. Yet reliance on individuals to ensure the intended message was conveyed and received was fraught with potential disaster. Even after the development of written language, those who did not know the target language were still at the mercy of their translators though they could more easily get second opinions. In today’s world, the use of...

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Is there any shared characteristic of East Asian Languages?

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 in Linguistics

A common characteristic of east Asian languages is that the writing systems all completely or partly use Chinese characters.

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What is the main difference in translation of Chinese, Japanese and Korean?

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 in Linguistics

The main difference in translation of Chinese, Japanese and Korean is in the translation or transliteration of technical terminology.

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What languages constitute the East Asian Languages? What is CJK and CJKV?

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 in Linguistics

CJK refers Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages.

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