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How big is the difference between traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese
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Jason Ma  Identity Verified
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Oct 18, 2007

A potential client asked me "Do you translate from Taiwan into English? " I assume he is talking about translating from traditional Chinese used in Taiwan into simplified Chinese.
What is their difference anyway? Can I just use WORD to convert traditional Chinese into simplified Chinese, then go ahead to translate?

It would be much appreciated if you could explain this to me. Thanks.

[Edited at 2007-10-18 15:42]

[Edited at 2007-10-18 15:52]


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Zhoudan  Identity Verified
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很多用词句法不一样 Oct 19, 2007

繁体字倒不是问题。有时候可能无法Convert,很多时候客户提供PDF文件。有些用词不同,你得上网查一下。理解上应该没有太大的问题。

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Thanks, Zhoudan Oct 19, 2007

是啊,词法句法就是有区别。客户给我发过来source text, 是财务报表,里面的用词许多很生疏。 似乎只有台湾译者能看懂。

我给客户发过去"Sorry, I'm afraid I can't translate it into English"。 鼠标点完又很后悔,好久没吃到粥了,好不容易眼前有一碗了,就这样溜走了。
不过真要接下来,问题也很多,进度不能太慢,若快了,万一搞错其中一个术语,那可吃不了兜着走。财务方面的翻译谨慎为妙。

我们这儿有句话说“没文化胆子大”。 咱现在有了一点“洋文化”,怎么胆子越来越小。

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xxxchance
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我帮一个同事看过这类报表 Oct 19, 2007

是要译成法语,可以说有1/3看不懂,你不接就对了。

顺便问一句,你是业余翻译,还是全职翻译?

Martin Jones wrote:

是啊,词法句法就是有区别。客户给我发过来source text, 是财务报表,里面的用词许多很生疏。 似乎只有台湾译者能看懂。

我给客户发过去"Sorry, I'm afraid I can't translate it into English"。 鼠标点完又很后悔,好久没吃到粥了,好不容易眼前有一碗了,就这样溜走了。
不过真要接下来,问题也很多,进度不能太慢,若快了,万一搞错其中一个术语,那可吃不了兜着走。财务方面的翻译谨慎为妙。

我们这儿有句话说“没文化胆子大”。 咱现在有了一点“洋文化”,怎么胆子越来越小。

[Edited at 2007-10-19 05:52]


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Merci, Madame Chance Oct 19, 2007

我是业余的,每天用在翻译上的时间有4、5个小时,周末或假期就可以转为全职(我干的“正行”是教书)。

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Dallas Cao
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汉译英可以 Oct 19, 2007

英译汉不接,心里没底。

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xxxwonita
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文言文 Oct 19, 2007

Martin Jones wrote:
A potential client asked me "Do you translate from Taiwan into English? " I assume he is talking about translating from traditional Chinese used in Taiwan into simplified Chinese.
What is their difference anyway? Can I just use WORD to convert traditional Chinese into simplified Chinese, then go ahead to translate?


你古文的功底好不好? 台湾的文件证书读起来象是文言文。


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Wenjer Leuschel  Identity Verified
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很正常 Oct 20, 2007

Bin Tiede wrote:

台湾的文件证书读起来象是文言文。


我們的證書務求簡短,所以採用文言。這類文件我翻譯不少,都是留學、應聘或婚姻申請類的東西。


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stonejohn  Identity Verified
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理解没问题 Oct 20, 2007

感觉文风有些差别,但意思理解基本没问题,可能得益于小时候看了2-3年的繁体字典,60年代的版本。:-)

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pkchan  Identity Verified
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回歸前的香港亦如此 Oct 20, 2007

無論是官方、商業機構中文書信文件,以至學校通告,都是用淺近文言的行文方式,現在,大陸的影響較多,但『敬禮』這類丘八的東西,目前還未在官方書信中出現,有請香港的安仔作補充。

Wenjer Leuschel wrote:

Bin Tiede wrote:

台湾的文件证书读起来象是文言文。


我們的證書務求簡短,所以採用文言。這類文件我翻譯不少,都是留學、應聘或婚姻申請類的東西。


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