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Difference between simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese

The Chinese language is based entirely on the use of characters where each character represents a meaningful syllable. This is one of the world’s oldest languages and is spoken by over a billion people. Though, the majority of the population speaking Chinese reside in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, a considerable number also lives in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

However, it has been found that two types of Chinese language are spoken by the Chinese speaking population. The first one is simplified Chinese which is mostly used by the people of mainland China or those who have come from the Chinese origin. As the name suggests, this is the modern and the more simplified form of the Chinese which was adopted by the government in 1949 (after the end of Civil war) to encourage more people to become literate. The other form is traditional Chinese which is still used in Hong Kong and Taiwan. This version dates back to its origin i.e. some thousands of years back.

The basic difference between these two is just that the simplified form uses lesser strokes and is quite easier than the other one. However, with the introduction of the new words, the local versions of these words has changed in both the languages. Apart from that, the mainland China is politically different from the Hong Kong and Taiwan, and this has introduced a variation in the style and wording of this language.

Simplified Chinese vs. Traditional Chinese

So, the businesses, who are targeting the Chinese region, must first consider the relevant geographic region and then only ask their translators to go for required Chinese translation i.e. simplified or traditional one.

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