When requesting a translation into Chinese one of the questions you should be asked by your Translation Provider is “Do you require Simplified or Traditional”?
Firstly, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese are two different languages, translating into the wrong language can be a costly mistake. It is also a myth that all Chinese speakers understand both languages.
Briefly, Simplified Chinese was introduced in 1952 by the PRC (People’s Republic of China). However, discussion on simplifying the language was as early as 1909 when a Chinese educationist and publisher proposed that simplified characters should be used in education.
As the name suggests Simplified Chinese is a simplified version of Traditional Chinese. The structural aspects of writing have been simplified (i.e. number of strokes) as well as a reduction in the number of standardised Chinese characters.
For example: English to Chinese translation of ‘workbook’