Classification of countries in Chinese ?
Thread poster: Mohamed Mehenoun

Mohamed Mehenoun  Identity Verified
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May 31, 2010

Hello,

I'm not really familiar with Chinese, and I have some leaflets which need to be adapted in several languages. The leaflets contain a list of countries (organized in alphabetical order).

My translator told me that there isn't really an alphabetical order in Chinese and suggested to list them by continent as it's what's usually done in Chinese.

I asked the translator on how to organize the countries within each continent but she said that usually that doesn't matter for Chinese...

That seemed very odd to me and I wanted to check and have more info about the way things are done in Chinese !

Regards,


 

Donglai Lou  Identity Verified
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Standard practice Jun 1, 2010

Mohamed Mehenoun wrote:

Hello,

I'm not really familiar with Chinese, and I have some leaflets which need to be adapted in several languages. The leaflets contain a list of countries (organized in alphabetical order).

My translator told me that there isn't really an alphabetical order in Chinese and suggested to list them by continent as it's what's usually done in Chinese.

I asked the translator on how to organize the countries within each continent but she said that usually that doesn't matter for Chinese...

That seemed very odd to me and I wanted to check and have more info about the way things are done in Chinese !

Regards,


Hi! Mohamed,

Yes, you are right that the country list in Chinese should be sorted in a certain order, so that Chinese audience can locate the country they are looking for easily. Usually the list is sorted by the alphabetical order of the pinyin forms (romanized chinese, such Zhongguo (China), Meiguo(USA)) corresponding to Chinese names. in a few cases, the list can be sorted by strokes of chinese characters.

Sorting can be easily automatically done in Excel.

I hope my explanation make sense and help.

best regards,

Donglai Lou


 

Mohamed Mehenoun  Identity Verified
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Yes I know that it can be easily done via Excel Jun 1, 2010

Donglai Lou wrote:

Mohamed Mehenoun wrote:

Hello,

I'm not really familiar with Chinese, and I have some leaflets which need to be adapted in several languages. The leaflets contain a list of countries (organized in alphabetical order).

My translator told me that there isn't really an alphabetical order in Chinese and suggested to list them by continent as it's what's usually done in Chinese.

I asked the translator on how to organize the countries within each continent but she said that usually that doesn't matter for Chinese...

That seemed very odd to me and I wanted to check and have more info about the way things are done in Chinese !

Regards,


Hi! Mohamed,

Yes, you are right that the country list in Chinese should be sorted in a certain order, so that Chinese audience can locate the country they are looking for easily. Usually the list is sorted by the alphabetical order of the pinyin forms (romanized chinese, such Zhongguo (China), Meiguo(USA)) corresponding to Chinese names. in a few cases, the list can be sorted by strokes of chinese characters.

Sorting can be easily automatically done in Excel.

I hope my explanation make sense and help.

best regards,

Donglai Lou


It's just that my translator affirmed that it only has to be sorted out by continents...


 

wonita (X)
China
Local time: 07:17
I would also go with continents, Jun 2, 2010

Mohamed Mehenoun wrote:

It's just that my translator affirmed that it only has to be sorted out by continents...

And will sort out the countries according to their starting alphabets within a certain continent.

I believe it is the most common way to classify countries in Chinese.

[Edited at 2010-06-02 13:45 GMT]


 

Mohamed Mehenoun  Identity Verified
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Thanks ! Jun 2, 2010

Bin Tiede wrote:

Mohamed Mehenoun wrote:

It's just that my translator affirmed that it only has to be sorted out by continents...

And will sort out the countries according to their starting alphabets within a certain continent.

I believe it is the most common way to classify countries in Chinese.

[Edited at 2010-06-02 13:45 GMT]


Hello,

Thanks for your help.

Best regards,

[Edited at 2010-06-02 13:50 GMT]


 

Jing LI (X)
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hth Jun 20, 2010

Should you have a Chinese MS word/Excel processor, countries items once input can be automatically rearranged in alphabetic order according to their pronunciations-spelled Pinyin.
Should you be short in time, it actually doesnt really matter if you let them be in the previous order.

Mohamed Mehenoun wrote:

Hello,

I'm not really familiar with Chinese, and I have some leaflets which need to be adapted in several languages. The leaflets contain a list of countries (organized in alphabetical order).

My translator told me that there isn't really an alphabetical order in Chinese and suggested to list them by continent as it's what's usually done in Chinese.

I asked the translator on how to organize the countries within each continent but she said that usually that doesn't matter for Chinese...

That seemed very odd to me and I wanted to check and have more info about the way things are done in Chinese !

Regards,


 


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