Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Good Mandarin Translator Services

If you are going to produce a quality piece of work (document, leaflet, business cards or poster) it is imperative you get the English to Mandarin translation correct.
You get what you pay for and our advice is do not go cheap, simply because good translators cost more, have more qualifications and experience, and they use a second translator to check and approve the quality and accuracy of the work. This is a guarantee of good work.
You can use free online translators for one or two words, but even then they are not accurate or the online translator sites work too slow on mobile phones or stop working when you arrive in China, due too China's Great Firewall.
Good translation software such as Google Translation does not work in China because Google products are trapped via China's firewall.
At the end of the day shell out for a good Chinese translator services who checks and approves their work via a second party as mistakes will cost you more in the long run?

Saturday, 20 September 2014

When will Translation Software Threaten Chinese Translation Jobs and Careers?

Due to crypto graphic technology developed in the Second World War. Translation software development over the last sixty years is now turning over roughly $8 billion a year globally, and increasing very fast.
One software company with clients in the Department of Defence and law enforcement pays between $20,000 - $100,000 for software licences and software applications.
At first glance you would consider your translation job to be very safe knowing full well that translation software is not good enough when you consider the complexity of written languages which include punctuation and verbs.
Unfortunately translation software is getting better due to big investments from governments/organisations but can this ever replace a human translator.
For example Mandarin translators and Chinese interpreter having the hardiest of tasks translating and interpreting English-to-Mandarin and Mandarin-to-English which is quite complex and not straight forward especially when corporating Chinese business culture.
Many Chinese culture conflicts can be discovered in the author's (Gary Rice) Chinese culture book "Chasing the Dragon: Importing, Exporting and Doing Business in China".


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Chasing the Dragon: Importing, Exporting and Doing Business in China - Published by Gary Rice on

The latest Kindle book to be published Gary Rice is now out and selling well on

Gary's latest kindle book "Chasing the Dragon: Importing, Exporting and Doing Business in China" explains how to import, export and how to do business in China the Chinese way.

Gary's experience travelling and doing business in China led him to write this book "Chasing the Dragon: Importing, Exporting and Doing Business in China" and to share his experiences and skills giving businesses a competitive edge over their rivals.

From Gary's early years in China, he promptly learnt how to do business smarter with the Chinese and explains that you have to become almost Chinese yourself do business the Chinese way.

Gary was once advised by China's best hospitality and tourism management expert, ‘Mr Han Wan Guo’, that it is the devil in the detail and the ability to understand Chinese business culture and social culture which is key to being successful in China, especially for foreigners.

And Mr Han Wan Guo was right...

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Exporting products to China

For the last few years we've been shipping products around the globe but at the start we lost many sales/revenue due to issues such as culture and language and not knowing who the consumer was.

When we originally focused on exporting our products to east China our knowledge told us to employ a company who do Chinese translation services.

Thankfully we did employ a company that provided mandarin translation services to do all our translation work.

From the start we made the correct decision to use a translation company and we have also used the company to provide us with a Chinese interpreter. Who turned out to be really good.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Always approach a company for Mandarin translation services

I would always approach a company for Mandarin translation services because translation software cannot be fully trusted and to ignore it and take the risk will be hugely costly and not amusing when I am in front of the board of directors.

In fact, I think I would lose my job which I have worked hard at. The problem is in today's business world it is fast paced and are always looking to reduce costs, which to me means reduces performance and quality if the translation is wrong.

If the wording has gone to print before the errors are found then this will impact on the company's profits.

At the end of the day you get what you spent and below are three funny marketing translations gone wrong.

1. Matsushita and Panasonic were launching a pc and browser in Japan.  The marketing campaign used Woody the Woodpecker.  The campaign was placed on hold when a member of staff noticed the U.S slang translation 'Touch Woody – The Internet Pecker.'

2. Gerber placed a baby picture on their jars and packaging when they entered the African market but due to African's low literacy rate, many companies in Africa used pictures on labels to denote what’s inside.

3. Pepsi translated in China means, “Pepsi Brings You Back to Life.” The message in Chinese literally means, “Pepsi Brings Your Ancestors Back from the Grave.”

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The real cost to China's businesses with government anti-corruption crackdown

Many news reports have been published about China's ongoing crackdown on corruption (tigers and flies), but now one of the world's biggest banks has put a price on the corruption.

The report published by the Bank of America Merrill Lynch this week, the Chinese government's anti-graft campaign could have cost China's economy more than $100bn this year alone. 

Many of the small effects of the anti-corruption drive have already been well documented; a slowdown in the restaurant trade and sales in luxury goods has seen Chinese business go out of business.

The gift giving culture is part of the Chinese business culture and required if doing business in China.

The past year has seen Shanghai's posh malls and boutique designer shops business slow to snails pace but the BofAML report suggests that the campaign is also having a significant and troubling macroeconomic effect.

Early last year, government bank deposits have been soaring, by almost 30% year on year and even honest officials are now terrified of starting new projects, for fear of being seen as corrupt that they're simply keeping public funds in the bank.

The cost to the economy of the prohibition on government consumption and the chill on admin spending is an estimated reduction in growth of at least 0.6% this year but it could, the report argues, be as high as 1.5% which gives us the figure of about $135bn of lost economic activity.

The report's authors admit their calculations are a back of the envelope estimate of fiscal contraction, but even if they are only half right it is an extraordinary amount of money and it highlights some of the challenges facing China's anti-corruption crusader in chief, President Xi Jinping.

Since taking office over a year ago Xi has made the cause his goal, warning that official graft and extravagance threaten the very survival of the ruling Communist Party.

Published by Go Frontiers (UK & China)

Isle of Man business to see benefits of Chinese link up

Twelve delegates from the Isle of Man where hosted by a Chinese delegation when they visited China and could soon have produced tangible results for the island economy announced by the chief minister.

Last Wednesday Allan Bell signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in the northern Tianjin.

The new alliance aims to provide mutual beneficial trade and technical links between countries.

Mr Allan Bell said: "We have shown how we can support Chinese businesses seeking to do business in UK and Europe" and added, "Strengthening cooperation is key to doing business in China".
Published by Go Frontiers (UK & China)

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Part B: An important partner in China

Starting the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Chinese delegation visit to the United Kingdom the Home Office has explained the new visa service aimed at making it wasier for Chinese visitors to the UK.

Chinese visitors inc. business/tourism will now be able to use the new single process for British visas. Also the Schengen visa has been created giving access to other EU countries.

The new visa service is a twenty-four-hour service for Chinese visitors and will be launched in late summer around August.

It is not only Chinese tourists but also 
wealth Chinese visiting the UK visiting Britain.

Roughly £18bn worth of business/commercial agreements/deals were signed and this comes after authorities in China complainted about the difficulties for Chinese people entering.

The Home Secretary Theresa May mentioned, "
Chinese tourism in the UK is soaring".

Published by Go Frontiers (UK & China)

Part A: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits the UK yesterday

Yesterday (17th June 2014) the UK played host to China's Premier Li Keqiang and a Chinese delegation on their three day visit to the UK.

The Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in London, yesterday on a three day visit, which is part of Europeon tour for his first official visit with the aim for business talks with the British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Later on in the day Premier Li will have an audience and photo oportunity when he meets Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.

Their has been plenty of discussions about doing business in China and the UK and the diffeculties in British and Chinese business culture.

However Mr Li said he really hoped his visit would expand Sino-British busines co-operations and create a better understanding between both countries.

The talks went well for both countries but Mr Cameron still remains hugely concerned about China's human rights.

Published by Go Frontiers (UK & China)

Sunday, 8 June 2014

The Chinese lady who loves shopping and being a Mystery Guest

My business partner being a Chinese lady who loves shopping and assessing business facilities established our mystery guest program ten years ago and uses British and Chinese people.

For her it has been really interesting because she has gained so many interesting things about the British shopping culture as well as learning the difference between cultures in China and the UK.

The main thing that stands out for her is the lack of customer service in UK shops and the poor quality of food served in pubs and restaurants. Most of the time we find pubs and restaurants don't provide the quality of food expected for the price paid.

 If you want good quality food you have to pay a premium price at a high end restaurant.

Published by Go Frontiers (UK & China)