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Mandarin Translation and Interpreting

At Translate UK we provide a professional Mandarin translation service, as well as Mandarin interpreters for all dialects. Mandarin has the highest number of native speakers in the world making it a critical language for international business and trade. 

Billion Speakers Worldwide

Million Native Speakers

Million Second Language Speakers

Million Speakers Outside China

About The Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken Chinese language and has the highest number of native speakers of any language worldwide. Mandarin is one of the Sinitic languages widely spoken across Southwestern and Northern China. It is also the basis of Standard Chinese, which is also known as Modern Standard Mandarin.

Mandarin was one of the seven variations of Chinese that evolved from Middle Chinese. The first form of Mandarin appeared during the twelfth century in the North China Plain. Mandarin became the language of the ruling class during the Ming Dynasty and eventually became the national language of China in 1909.

Mandarin is a Global Language

Mandarin has eight subgroups dividing up the dialects of different regions. This includes Southwestern Mandarin which has 260 million speakers, Central Plains Mandarin which has 186 million speakers and Northeastern Mandarin which has 98 million speakers. The Jilu and Lower Yangtze dialects both have over 85 million speakers and the Jiaoliao, Beijing and Lanyin dialects all have over 17 million speakers. There is also Standard Mandarin which is a formalised standard of the language.

Standard Mandarin is based on the Beijing dialect and is the official language of China. Standard Mandarin is used in television, radio, education and public services and it is also used as a lingua franca across the country.

Fluency levels of Standard Mandarin vary across China, with an estimated 70% of the country speaking the language. This varies both between urban and rural areas, as well as between the North and South of China. In the North, Mandarin is more widely spoken, while other Chinese languages have more popularity in the South.

High Quality Mandarin Translations

At Translate UK we can provide Mandarin translators or interpreters for a range of dialects. We can also provide additional support for certain sectors by providing them with linguists who have specialised in a specific field. Our linguists are required to keep up to date with specific industry terminology and requirements. This allows us to provide a more customised and supportive service. To learn more about our specialist sectors select one from below.

Mandarin Translation Service

We can provide translations to and from Mandarin for any document, no matter how large or small. We have been providing document translations for fifteen years, from letters and reports to patient records and certificates, there isn’t much our experienced team haven’t seen. All of our translators are qualified and vetted by us, and many are DPSI qualified or registered with the ITI or CIOL.

Mandarin Legal Document Translation

We can provide Mandarin translations for any document which is to be used in a legal setting. We have an in-house legal expert with almost 20 years’ experience as a solicitor and are acutely aware of the importance of accuracy and reliability when it comes to the translation of legal documents.

On top of this, each of our legal translators has a specialist focus in law, having worked in or completed training specific to the legal sector. We ensure that all of our legal translators are up to date with the current terminology both in the UK and in their native language to guarantee a quality translation with no mistakes.

Mandarin Technical Document Translation

We can provide Mandarin translations for technical or scientific documents. This includes journal literature, operation manuals, safety instructions, patents and technical drawings. We know how important it is to have precise, accurate and consistent translations of technical documents, so all our translations are done by experts in the field.

We ensure all of our linguists to stay up to date on the specialised terminology used in their field and for ongoing projects we’ll try to assign the same translator where possible so that they can become familiar with your company terminology and vocabulary.

Secure and Confidential

At Translate UK confidentiality is of the upmost importance to us and we are careful to act in complete compliance with GDPR regulations. Each of our linguists signs a confidentiality agreement before undertaking any work for us and we only ever send documents via secure email.

Mandarin Interpreting Service

In addition to our Mandarin translation service we can also provide Mandarin speaking interpreters. All our interpreters are qualified experienced professionals with relevant post-graduate qualifications and membership of professional linguistic associations. We are well equipped to provide interpreters at short notice and we have even provided linguists for the same day.

Face to Face Mandarin Interpreters

Our face to face Mandarin interpreters work to facilitate communication between individuals who speak Mandarin and those who speak English, in order to provide them with equal access to all of the services they might need.  We recommend face to face interpreting where a conversation is necessary, including complex and sensitive situations where information is best delivered in person.

Remote Mandarin Interpreters

We understand that it is not always possible to use a face to face interpreter, so we also provide a remote interpreting service. Our Mandarin speaking remote interpreters can be contacted through a variety of platforms according to your business needs. This include over-the-phone and a complimentary conference call service. They can also be contacted through video call platforms including Zoom and Skype. 

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