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Forums > Living in Kunming > what qualifications you need to translate chinese to english...

I detect that English is your mother-tongue which is the main requirement (International regulations mandate that one must translate into one's own language - something usually disbelieved in China - although this requirement varies for interpreters).

A Masters (Translation) degree is useful, especially if you wish to join a translation society but, having said that, students could join, and it is a great way to conduct the essential networking.

In addition to a language degree, it is almost essential to have another technical qualification, for example, a basic engineering or science college certificate.

I do not think that "most" translators work for free but, in China, you will need to exert enormous effort trying to convince industry that Chinese translators of Chinese into English produce terrible work (You may wish to consider editing).

It takes many, many, years to gain the required experience, but do not give up because it is a great profession ... and quite lucrative in Europe and North America.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Patriotism

It has been my experience that the word 'hate' is used continuously by English-speaking Chinese, both young and old. When discussed in class, one discovers that weaker similes, e.g., dislike, have not appeared in their vocabulary. So, don't worry too much about it - you probably don't like every Chinese person that you meet.

Try to discover if the mother is a Buddhist, and explain that 'hatred' is sinful. ;-)

Oh, and ignore liwei's comment.


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Hi Bunny; Let me be the first to tell you that your art is fantastic.

It is interesting to note that, "The group will be traveling on the R3E highway that runs 1,807 kilometers and completed a highway link between Kunming and Bangkok via northern Laos when it was finished in 2008."

Then, states, "The group departed yesterday from Chiang Rai and crossed the Mekong River by ferry to Houey Xay, Laos. Their itinerary then calls for them to travel by bus from Houey Xay to Luang Nam Tha in far northern Laos before driving by car to Jinghong in Yunnan and flying to Kunming."

Is there a R3E highway, or are we being subjected to propaganda?



This restaurant is totally overwhelmed whenever the 4th floor is opened ... especially at weekends.

The kitchen is too small, and the kitchen staff too inexperienced. As others have said, it isn't difficult to learn that an 'appetizer' is a 'starter' and should be served before the main course.

To explain that the kitchen is "Too busy" should mean. 'CLOSE THE TOP FLOOR!'

The owner must recruit more staff from India, and spend more time at the restaurant (He hasn't been here here for three months).


Poor service, certainly. Exagerated ego, probably.


'American' breakfast with Yunnan tea ... No thank you!
I yearn for fresh bread somewhere.


I am considering a visit to Kunming soon.
This information confuses me. There is another hotel on the opposite side of the street (opposite the university's West Gate) that is also called (as far as I remember) Yunnan University Hotel.
It is much less expensive.
Hotel reviews are much needed.