What exactly is “Chinese,” anyway? It’s not a single language, as many people think—rather, linguists classify “Chinese” as a language family with numerous closely related languages. As related as these languages may be to one another, however, most of them are not mutually intelligible. That’s particularly true for Pinghua, a language in southern China known for being particularly divergent from other Sinitic languages.
Pinghua has an estimated more than 7 million speakers, but with the widespread use, prestige, and government promotion of Mandarin, it has difficulty thriving. Pinghua is also spoken right next door to Cantonese, which also tends to overshadow the smaller Chinese language. In such a situation, it’s no wonder that it’s so hard to find translation companies willing to work specifically with Pinghua. But you’ve indeed found one:
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More information about Pinghua
Pinghua is native to Guangxi province in southern China, bordering the Cantonese-speaking area that extends into Hong Kong. Pinghua’s proximity to the Vietnamese border has brought it into contact with numerous Tai languages, many of which are spoken natively in the same area as Pinghua. Pinghua is divided into two mutually unintelligible groupings: Northern Pinghua, concentrated in the city of Guilin and parts of Hainan, such as Tongbao, and Southern Pinghua, spoken in the cities of Nanning and Laibin as well as along the Rong River.
Pinghua has sustained considerable influence from the Zhuang languages, which hail from the Tai language family and have been spoken natively in the same region as Pinghua for thousands of years. Both its vocabulary and its grammar have been influenced, and it has even adopted a sentence-final particle from the Zhuang languages. Pinghua resembles Cantonese in certain ways and Mandarin in others—Pinghua’s two comparative constructions illustrate this perfectly. One comparative construction is identical to that of Cantonese (and Zhuang languages)—the adjective is placed before the comparative particle, which can be translated as “surpass,” with the object of comparison at the end. The other comparative construction is the same as Mandarin’s—the comparative particle, translating roughly to “compare,” is placed before the object of comparison, and the construction ends with the adjective.
Pinghua is a unique language that differs from its neighbors, and our translators are proud to provide services for their language.
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Every Pinghua translation order is different, and we work hard to ensure that each client’s unique needs are met satisfactorily. To this end, we’re equally happy to provide Pinghua-to-English translation services as we are translation services from English to Pinghua. Translating from Pinghua is great if you’d like to publish historical documents or literature for the rest of the world to see or need to translate business documents for dealings in English. Translating into Pinghua is ideal if you’re a business looking to work with local merchants, a researcher or organization who wants to distribute a questionnaire in the region, or a language activist who would like to see more books, websites, games, apps, and other content in Pinghua.
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