Chinese Interpreter Job

When Kadambari Chitre decided to enrol for a Chinese language course after graduation, her friends and classmates were quite baffled by her decision. They could not understand the significance of learning a language at a time when they themselves were queuing up for management courses. But Chitre knew exactly what she was doing.

“In a few years, Chinese will be the second most important language in the world. And with China dominating global economic and political affairs, people proficient in both English and Chinese will be in great demand,” says Chitre, now a fourth semester student of the two-year Chinese language diploma course offered at the Delhi-based Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. On completion of her course, Chitre will become a chinese interpreter.

Chitre is not the only one keen on pursuing Chinese as a career option. The number of students learning the language has been steadily increasing over the years. Whether it is the certificate course at Calcutta University or the diploma course at Delhi University, even the profile of students learning the language is changing. “Now we get students who come from business families with professional interests in China and also mid-level executives from various companies,” points out Sreemati Chakrabarti, head, East Asian Studies, University of Delhi.

Authorities at the Chinese Embassy too say that they now receive an ever-increasing number of enquiries from various people. “Increased trade interaction between the two countries has definitely added to the interest. The urge to learn the language is set to grow even further,” says Sun Xinquan of the education office of the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi. According to Xinquan, if plans to set up a cultural centre materialises in the future, the embassy can directly offer courses.

In the corporate sector too, the demand for Chinese language experts is hotting up. Indian companies are looking for people who are well versed in Chinese. “Many big Indian players have set up establishments in China and a few more are in the pipeline. We too plan to set up an office in China soon,” says John Irudayaraj, a recruitment consultant at ABC Consultants, New Delhi.

Besides increasing opportunities, the main attraction for youngsters is the money. “Jobs are aplenty in this field and the salary packages too are very lucrative,” says Chakrabarti. A young freelance chinese translator and interpreter can easily earn up to Rs 50,000 a month. “Recently a friend was recruited by an organisation in China to teach at a nursery school. She is currently getting a salary of Rs 1.5 lakh a month,” says Chitre. Students can also look forward to working in traditional fields such as research, defence and intelligence establishments with their knowledge of Chinese.

There are several study options as well. While Visva Bharati University at Santiniketan and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi offer full-time BA (honours) and MA courses, Calcutta and Delhi Universities offer diploma and certificate courses. The Delhi-based Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan offers a postgraduate diploma course. The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Calcutta, also offers a three-year diploma course in Chinese language. You also have the option of doing short-term courses in Chinese. These courses offer basic language skills that can help you to manage day-to-day conversation, business terms and so on.

However, since Chinese is a character-driven language, learning it is not an easy task. Each symbol in Chinese represents a meaningful unit of the language. Of around 50,000 characters, an average Chinese is expected to master around 7,000 characters. And a person learning Chinese is expected to recognise at least 5,000 characters. “It takes at least two to three years, if not more, to know about 5,000 characters and to reach a certain level. It is, thus, very difficult for working professionals and students to devote so much time to it. However, we meet their requirements by adopting the Pinyin method to teach them. This basically involves using English alphabets to teach Chinese,” says Purnima Garg, director, the Chinese Language Institute (CLI), New Delhi.

While the tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and certificate courses offered by the universities are similar to those for other courses, the private institutes are a tad more expensive. While Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan charges around Rs 4,500 per semester, CLI’s crash courses of two levels (with each being a 40-hour module) cost Rs 8,500 per level. But is money a constraint when a flourishing career awaits you at the end of the road?

This Article is written by V. Kumara Swamy. Source taken from The Telegraph

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  1. I am sanjit Banerji.Presently I am associated in a very different line of service.However I amm interested to learn Chinese.I would like to know if learning chinese would fetch me any career prospect. I would like to mention that I am already 37 years old(born on 16th of June 1972).Please let me know considering my age.

  2. Debasish Chetia Phukan says:

    I am Debasish Chetia Phukan and have done my graduation. I wanted to learn Chinese language under Chinese Ambassy at Delhi. So, please guide me.

  3. leon says:

    we are based in kolkata, i don’t think there is any chinese language center under Chinese Embassy but i could be wrong. For that you need to ask the Chinese Embassy itself maybe they can help you more ..

  4. sumit verma says:

    hi this is sumit verma studying Chinese from last more than 2 year . but i doesn’t get any job. please if you know any company who gives chinese related any type of job please inform me.

  5. leon says:

    send me your resume and your expected CTC to admin(at)dhapa(dot)com

  6. hellcat says:

    it is will be easy for you to get a job in Guangzhou, China

    there are a lot of expat from other countries inclduing india working here

  7. hi says:

    you said lot of jobs available in some chinese province for indians what sort of jobs i have started learning chinese

  8. Amarjit kumar says:

    I am a fresher nd also done two books of elementory chinese..would you like to give me a way for getting a good job.. Plz..

  9. Rajiv Poddar says:

    I am looking for Chinese to english Interpreter in Kolkata tomrrow morning at 10AM, My office near Dunlop, Call me at 9831021270

  10. SUBIR BANERJEE says:

    Hi everybody

    Please help me to learn Chinese Language or let me know where and how I can learn only to speak in chines language