Chinese is the most-spoken first language in the world, but it is not yet the most translated. As China becomes a greater economic force, more and more companies are recognising the importance of engaging with this market – A good translation can be the key to opening the door to the Chinese market.

Types of Chinese


Mandarin is spoken by 960 million people across most of North, West and South China, based on the particular Mandarin dialect spoken in Beijing.  Its written form uses both Simplified Chinese Characters and Traditional Chinese Characters.


Cantonese is spoken by 100 million people from the Guangdong region of Eastern China and in overseas Chinese communities. Its written form uses Traditional Chinese Characters.


Taiwanese is spoken by 60 million people in Taiwan and further afield. Its written form uses Traditional Chinese Characters.