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Chinese to English: Personal Statement General field: Other Detailed field: Education / Pedagogy
Source text - Chinese 中国正处于日新月异、迅速发展的阶段，政府一系列的政策都在鼓励发展机械制造业，人才需求大，所以以后机械行业的就业形势比较明朗，但这也只是我选择这个专业的次要因素。
Translation - English My interest in mechanics and the engineering industry is something very close to my heart, as a result of my family opening one of the first electric tool shops in my hometown. Moreover, I have experienced firsthand thousands of people coming to my hometown, in order to get work in one of the many hardware and tool factories. Additionally, the rapid expansion of China and it’s growing engineering industry has influenced my choice in applying for a place on the MSc Mechanical Engineering Design course at your distinguished institution.
As previously mentioned my interest in this field of study stems from my family's involvement in the industry. From a young age I have been around machines and have had to learn how they work. This is what sparked my initial interest and what prompted me to go on and study Mechanical Design, Manufacturing and Automation at an undergraduate level. Through four years of studying I have developed a deeper understanding of the theory behind the things I learnt in my family’s shop. Even though I feel that I have furthered my mechanical and engineering knowledge at university, I feel that there are benefits to gaining experience in the workplace.
Through work placements, internships and competitions, I have acquired key skills that I think are advantageous to somebody applying for a place on your course. During an internship for Volkswagen, I managed to earn an International Registered Mechanical Engineer qualification. To earn this qualification I was a department manager of a design department at Volkswagen Shanghai. The responsibilities of this role included managing a team of people to ensure we created products that were at the forefront of the company and industry. Additionally, I have interned for Huahong Optical Technology as a metal workshop operator assistant. The responsibilities of this role differed from that of my role at Volkswagen. At Huahong I was in charge of designing CNC programs with technical workers, doing experimental comparisons, selecting the most economical and efficient program codes, and transforming semi-finished products into products. Through both of these opportunities I managed to learn what it is like to work in the industry. By way of needing to be part of a team I gained good communication skills, as I often needed to interact with a large group of people. Finally, I also competed in the University Students Innovation Competition in China, where I was inspired by a motorbike accident to make an automatic kickstand. Through this competition I worked with an instructor who helped to expand my professional knowledge greatly by introducing me to concepts and programs I had no experience of before.
Within my undergraduate degree I completed a number of units and modules that I think have given a good foundation on which to build on. Firstly, through undertaking a unit on Advanced Mathematics I have the ability to analyze, generate, simulate, associate and construct mathematical models. I believe all of these skills are indispensable in the workplace. Secondly, the Mechanical Design module helped lay the base of my theoretical knowledge in various areas of mechanics. Lastly, I have learnt about the relationship between electrical control and mechanics by completing a unit about Electromechanical Transmission Control. I enjoyed learning about these units and am eager to delve deeper into the theory behind all of them.
Despite my experience and academic achievements, my hunger to learn more is the main reason why I am applying for a place on your course. My long term goal is to become a respected mechanical engineer and be in a position where I am able to help advance China’s manufacturing industry. Furthermore, I know that my aspirations will allow me to overcome any challenge or obstacle that I may encounter whilst studying this degree.
Chinese to English: Holiday Brochure General field: Marketing Detailed field: Tourism & Travel
Source text - Chinese 庐山三日游豪华小包团
Translation - English Luxury Three Day Tour of Mount Lu
Jiangxi COSCO International Travel Agents
Departure City: Nanchang
Tour Duration: 3 days
Departure Date: Guests discretion
Tour Route: From Jiujiang to Laoshan District
Price: 1,300 RMB per person
Child Discount: Children may qualify for a free ticket if they are under 1.4 metres height
We start day two spending about an hour and twenty minutes exploring the picturesque Mount Lu Valley, Tianqiao Bridge and Xianren Cave. Later, we spend about an hour looking at the impressive Huanglong Temple, Sanbao Trees, Yellow Dragon Pool and Wulong Tan Park. We then pay a visit to Lushan dam, where guests are able to ride the Xinglong cable car for 30 RMB. Lastly, the Shimen stream is a must see for all visitors to Lushan; here guests can pay 42 RMB to experience this marvel for two hours.
After eating lunch we spend half an hour swimming in the largest freshwater lake in China: Poyang lake. Later, we will be treated to a visit to the scenic Five Old Men and Hanyang peaks. Before heading back to Nanchang, we will also see the magnificent Three-fold spring, which is the highest waterfall in Mount Lu. Guests are able to pay 51 RMB for admission to the park and an additional 80 RMB for use of the cable car. In total it will take approximately 3 hours to complete this days activities.
In the afternoon, we end the tour by returning to Nanchang.
Included in Cost:
Accommodation: Lushan Yuntian Villas
Transportation: Seven Buick estate cars.
Tickets: Lushan National Park admission fee of 180 RMB per person. An additional 80 RMB per person is charged to ride the cable car. It is the responsibility of guests to settle any other expenses.
Tour Guide: An excellent tour guide is provided throughout the trip.
Dining: If the group is less than ten, guests are able to arrange their own dining. Groups of more than ten have the option of making a group reservation.
Insurance: Guests are advised to purchase travel insurance up 80,000 RMB/ person.
Boarding time and location: This is decided by the guests, as the driver is available at all times.
Languages have always been a part of my life, due to growing up abroad. Living in places, such as Kuwait, Vietnam and China, opened my eyes to other cultures and showed me different ways of living. Additionally, whilst living in these places, I learnt the languages of these countries at school and relished the opportunity to utilise them in my daily life. When it came time to attend university, I decided to continue studying Mandarin, whilst starting to study Spanish from scratch. Currently completing an MA in Translation Studies at the University of Portsmouth, I also have experience of translating and proofreading university applications for Chinese students wanting to study in the U.K. Additionally, I have translated contracts and holiday brochures, as part of my masters degree.