Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese are different variations of the written Chinese language.
Simplified Chinese characters (Simplified Chinese) are standardized Chinese characters used in Mainland, after promoting in the 1960s, they are officially used in mainland China (PRC) and Singapore.
Traditional Chinese characters are currently used in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Some of them are highly complex. It is difficult to learn to write them.
Simplified character forms were created by decreasing the number of strokes and simplifying the forms of a sizable proportion of traditional Chinese characters.
It is common for Hong Kong people to learn traditional Chinese characters in school, and use some simplified Chinese (either through reading mainland-published books or other media).
For use on computers, however, people tend to type Chinese characters using a traditional character set such as Big5. In Hong Kong, as well as elsewhere, it is common for people who use both sets to do so because it is much easier to convert from the traditional character set to the simplified character set .
Theoretically, at the beginning, they had no difference except for the writing method of the Chinese characters. But, as time went by, great changes have been made.
the rapidly changing world has brought out more and more new words (such as the “Internet”, and “Software”) into our daily life, naturally, these new words may have different local versions in Mainland China, HK, and Taiwan respectively.
For translators who want to translate one language into the other language, they need be familiar with both languages very well. So it is necessary to accumulate the knowledge of language, the more the better.
Now I am trying to remember the style & usage of Traditional Chinese characters. I want to be up on them as soon as possible, so I make a summary of them for a short period of time, here are some examples for your information.
English Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese (HK)
Connect 连接 接駁
Depend on 依靠、依赖 視乎﹡﹡不同/而定
For example：depending on model 視乎型號而定 Depending on the programme 視乎程序的不同
noise 噪声、噪音 雜聲
sensor 传感器 感應器
tip 提示、技巧 小貼士
Communication module 通信模块 通訊模組
Regulation 规则、规章 規例
Qualified 有资格的 合資格的
Soiled 污染的 骯髒的
Drying 烘干 乾水
Sub-Menu 子菜单 子功能表
Buzzer 蜂鸣器 蜂鳴提示器
View 查看 檢視
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