US Citizen Chinese Interpreter/Translator in Shenzhen

Hi, and welcome to my website!  I serve the Shenzhen area (including Dongguan and Guangzhou) as well as Hong Kong. I am a bilingual American who lives in Shenzhen, China (Shenzhen is literally "right next door" to Hong Kong). I have a Bachelors Degree in Chinese (received over 20 years ago in the year 1993) and have been a US state-certified Chinese interpreter since 1997. The culture of Shenzhen is one of newcomers: over 85% of the people living here in Shenzhen are from other parts of China. If you come to Shenzhen, it is essential that you hire a Mandarin and not a Cantonese interpreter. (If interested you can find out more about why this is undeniably the fact by visiting this page: Mandarin versus Cantonese in Shenzhen.) Regardless of whether you need written documents translated or a person to accompany you to a factory to provide oral interpretation services: I can do it for you. Of course, in the case of the latter (on-site consecutive or simultaneous interpretation during a live dialogue), I normally only accept jobs within or around China's Guangdong province. There are many trade fairs in nearby cities such as the Canton Trade Fair and others. I normally have set prices for my services and they are quite reasonable. Living here in China is less expensive than in other parts of the world, and this is reflected to some degree in my fees for translation/interpreter services.

You may need more than simply the assistance of a translator. You may also have a need for various other services such as meeting with and verifying the "reality" of Chinese suppliers whom you have not yet met in person. You may be looking for a sourcing agent or purchasing agent in Shenzhen. I can help you with this and you have a number of product sourcing options. There is really no substitute to seeing an office and factory for yourself, or at least to have somebody else go and do it in your stead.

Most of my customers are interested in visiting factories/manufacturers directly. Of course, there are lots to choose from (and this varies by industry). With regards to getting the best price/quality mix, I have seen a particular scenario unfold a number of times. That scenario is this: a person chooses a manufacturer and starts to work with them. A few years go by and the factory they've chosen has produced mainly satisfactory results, but they'd like to increase quality. They believe that they've got a good price and that there are likely aren't other factories that could do a substantially better job at controlling errors/flaws in small percentage of the products they ship you or your customers. Later, that person visits a factory on a tip or lead, and discover that this new factory does a substantially better job at controlling errors/flaws that don't meet your expectations. Furthermore, the factory is both in the Shenzhen area and with largely similar prices. It never hurts to at least go out and personally ask about prices and take a look for yourself at all the options. Sometimes what was a mediocre factory before, has become quite good because of government loans/aid which has enabled them to buy better or more advanced production equipment/machines.

A substantial number of my customers are joint venture partners in a factory here in Shenzhen. It may be that a conflict of interest has arisen and you need to sort things out locally. One client/customer of mine used a technique that proved quite effective: just showing up unannounced and walking straight in and around the insides of the whole manufacturing compound. I won't go into details, but what he discovered was startling. This gave him a real leg-up in terms of defining the terms of their new arrangement. Often times you need an interpreter whom you know is absolutely committed to your interests and is on your side, not your partner's.

© Rob Stark, 2016; I can serve as your Chinese interpreter/translator in the following cities and provinces in China: Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Guangdong province, Dongguan, Huizhou, Macau, & Foshan.