1.25 billion people speak Chinese.
From the very start, Chinese has been at the hub of Lichi Translations’ work. Mikhal Heffer, CEO and founder of the company, studied Chinese and East Asian Studies in Jerusalem and Beijing, and began her professional career as a Chinese interpreter. Today, we employ dozens of Chinese speaking translators and interpreters all over the world, so that Chinese can be just another easy language to understand.
A few words about traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese:
Chinese has two types of script: the traditional Chinese script that has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years and the simplified script that was created in Communist China in 1949 as part of Mao Tse-tung’s program to teach the masses to read and write. Many symbols were simplified and strokes removed in order to make them easier to use, while some were totally changed. China and Singapore readily adopted the simplified Chinese script, while Hong Kong and Taiwan still use the traditional form. Therefore, when translating a text into Chinese, it’s important to know who the target audience is.