Cantonese v Mandarin
Thread poster: Libero_Lang_Lab
| | Henry Zhang
Local time: 01:55
English to Chinese
| Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese || Feb 11, 2010 |
People in mainland China use simplified Chinese while those in Hong Kong and Taiwan use Traditional Chinese.
Cantonese is a very popular dialect spoken by people in Hong Kong and in some parts of China. I believe your client confuses Cantonese (spoken language) with Traditional Chinese (written language) here.
For many English website, there's a simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese equivalent. For example:
http://www.apple.com/tw/ (Traditional Chinese, Taiwan)
http://www.apple.com/hk/ (Traditional Chinese, Hong Kong)
http://www.apple.com.cn/ (Simplified Chinese, mainland China)
Depending on which market your clients is focusing on, the website may need to be translated into Traditional Chinese or Simplified Chinese or both.
The website in TC are different from the website in SC not only because of characters, but also because of wordings. If you compare the three Chinese websites (two traditional Chinese websites and one simplified Chinese website), you would notice they use different Chinese words for the same English word.
[Edited at 2010-02-12 01:41 GMT]
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