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3 Mobile English to Chinese Website Translation Tips

3 Mobile English to Chinese Website Translation Tips


These days you need to put a lot of focus on the mobile side when you consider English to Chinese website translation. Remember, China alone has well over 700 million smart phone users and that report dates back to Q1 of 2014.

This means that your new Chinese website needs to be translated and re-coded not just for a Chinese audience but it should also be formatted for the mobile market at the same time.

  • Tip 1 – Take Advantage of Chinese Character Fonts

One of the main benefits of having a Chinese website is the fact that Chinese characters use up far less space than English letters do. An entire phrase may be represented by a single character. This means a wise designer will be able to take advantage of all this and use the characters to optimize space.

The thing with mobile viewing is that users tend to be fickle about what’s seen on a phone’s screen. If it takes more than two swipes to see the rest of a page, they’ll lose interest. It’s important to optimize space and show everything within the dimensions of the phone’s screen.

  • Tip 2 – Dynamic Coding, Not a Mobile Portal

You’ll already be spending some money for a Chinese-translated portal so why spend even more money for a mobile portal? Websites today no longer separate their desktop website from their mobile website. Instead they turn to dynamic coding (responsive web design).

Dynamic coding allows a web page to automatically re-format its layout and presentation to optimize the given space allotted to it. This means a web page will look perfect whether its viewed on a monitor, on a 10-inch tablet, or a 4-inch phone.

  • Tip 3 – Hiring an Experienced Translation Firm

Make it a point that the firm you are hiring to do the translation job is also experienced with mobile website designs. One of the first mistakes companies make when they hire a translation firm is that they fail to ask for samples of a translated website in its mobile form.

Don’t just for them to present you a sample of their English to Chinese translation on a desktop computer or laptop. Ask to see the same portal on a phone or tablet. If they don’t have the experience, then ask if they work hand in hand with a firm that does. If they still don’t then drop it and look elsewhere.

Getting a Chinese version of your website opens the doors for your business overseas. Whether you’re exporting goods or building relations then having a site in their primary language is a solid good step in the right direction. Just remember that the finished product should be available for the mobile crowd.

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