Creating a Talk in Chinese could seem to be a daunting task. You may ask yourself, where do I start. Even if I do translate every English word to Chinese, how do I make sure the sentence obeys the Chinese grammar rules? Lets discuss a quick way that many have found useful to translate your English Talk into Chinese.Step 1. Write your talk in English.
This is a logical first step isn’t it? This way you make sure you add all the points you want to make and make sure its logical and coherent and teaches or conveys the ideas you wish to highlight and meets the desired goal of the talk.A) Don’t write too much English:
Often, when you are new to Chinese, everything takes longer to say and read. Often a 5-minute English talk, might take 7 to 10 minutes to say it in Chinese, especially if you are not yet fluent. Also, make sure you don’t write too much. This will not only save you in translation time, but then you will not need to cut out some important points from your talk and rewrite the English and start over again if your way over time.B) Write very short and simple English sentences:
The shorter the English sentence the better for 3rd Party Chinese translation software to translate. That’s right, in step 2 we will need to use software other than what thepurelanguage.com provides, until thepurelanguage,com can produce a Chinese to English translation. By creating short sentences and with simple English, this allows for a more accurate translation by these online Chinese translators.C) Use existing Chinese Text
If you are creating a talk based on a book, magazine or news article, use existing phrases and sentences from these sources. If they are not already in electronic form, use a computer scanner to scan in the text. This way, you can use existing specialized words and terms that translation programs might not be able to translate properly. Use the Chinese sentences in steps 2 and 3.Step 2. Translate English sentence into Chinese Characters
Translate each sentence one at a time to Chinese.
Open a browser window to: Babelfish Chinese Translation
and select English to Chinese-simp or English to Chinese-trad. Paste in an English Sentence one at a time and hit translate. How do you know if it translated correctly?
We need to test the translation. We could either reverse the process though another translation site or at the Free Chinese Translation at ThePureLangauge
but we will leave thepurelanguage.com until later in Step 3.
Open a browser window to: Google Chinese Translation
and select English to Chinese (Simplified) Beta or English to Chinese (Traditional) Beta. Paste in the Chinese text from the first translation and see how it translates back to English. I use google translate as a check, because from my experience babelfish produces a more accurate translation than google – but this is taken with a grain of salt. Since, the longer the sentence produces a more inaccurate translation, you may have to reword or reduce the sentence length at times.
Why do we even use these 3rd party translation portals? It’s because they do put the sentence into a grammatically correct sentence structure with proper measure words and references to times/dates at the start of the sentence etc. If the sentence did not translate correctly, either rewrite the sentence or if you know the Chinese word that is not translating correctly, enter in the Chinese word directly in step 3.Step 3. Get Pinyin and English
As mentioned in step 2, we can check the results of our English to Chinese Translation at the purelanguage.com. Open a new browser window to: Free Chinese Translation at ThePureLangauge
and enter in the Chinese characters from babelfish. This will not only provide you with a second check that it was translated correctly from English, but provide the important Pinyin
to pronounce the Chinese characters to you’re your talk in Chinese (if you are still learning the characters) and now in the correct grammar. It has also parsed the Chinese characters so they are no longer in one large block of characters, but now you know where the words start and end (although some words like peoples names, small cities, specialized words might not be in our list at this time and might split them up). With the enhanced version of the software, you can add your own words and override the Chinese translation with the Enhanced Chinese Translation at ThePureLangauge
.Step 4. Get Chinese Talk Proofread
If you have a Chinese friend, you can give them your document with your translated sentences in Chinese characters for them to proof read and make edits. I would recommend that your document is proof read to make sure it’s logical and coherent and the grammar is correct. Make sure you send the document in electronic form so they can make the edits, add or remove characters, electronically. Step 5. Make final Document
Get back the electronic proofread document and run the modified, edited text through step 3. Create a formatted document with the three line translation Character-Pinyin-English from the results into a document that can be read out for your talk. Congratulations, you have just created a Chinese Talk. If you have any suggestions to this process, please email us and we will add your suggestions to the bottom of this post.