Understanding The Taiwanese Language & Providing Professional Taiwanese Interpreters, Translators and Transcriptionists
American Language Services ® (ALS) understands the importance of working in the Taiwanese language. For over a Quarter of a Century, American Language Services ® has worked with the Taiwanese language as well as hundreds of others from around the world. We offer comprehensive language services 24 hours, 7 days a week worldwide by providing Taiwanese interpreting, translation and transcriptions services along with hundreds of other languages and dialects. Our linguists are native speakers and writers who are screened, credentialed, certified, field tested and experienced in a number of specific industry settings. The Taiwanese language is unique and has very specific origins and characteristics.
The cultures of Taiwan are a hybrid blend of Japanese, Confucianist Han Chinese cultures, European, American, global, local and indigenous influences which are both interlocked and divided between perceptions of tradition and modernity. After the escape to Taiwan, the Kuomintang imposed an official interpretation of traditional Chinese culture over Taiwanese cultures. The government launched a program promoting Chinese calligraphy, traditional Chinese painting, folk art, and Chinese opera. Since the Taiwan localization movement of the 1990’s, Taiwan's cultural identity has enjoyed greater expression. Identity politics, along with the over one hundred years of political separation from mainland China has led to distinct traditions in many areas, including cuisine and music.
Phonologically, Minnan is a tonal language with extensive tone sandhi rules. Syllables consist maximally of an initial consonant, a vowel, a final consonant, and a tone; any or all of the consonants or vowels may be nasal.
Taiwanese Minnan is a variant of Min Nan, closely related to the Amoy dialect. It is often seen as a Chinese dialect within the larger Sinitic language family. On the other hand, it may also be seen as a language in the Sino-Tibetan family. As with most “language/dialect” distinctions, how one describes Taiwanese depends largely on one's political views.
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The Taiwanese language is an important language worldwide. It is vital to understand the general nature and specific idiosyncrasies of Taiwanese. Since 1985, ALS has provided outstanding Taiwanese interpreters, translators and transcriptionsts worldwide.
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