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How to Translate Chinese to English on WeChat

Neta Brint

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Let’s say your friend sent you an article that might interest you, but all of it is in Chinese, and you need help to read it. Inside WeChat, it is straightforward to translate it with one click!

The Chinese mainly use WeChat; you may notice Chinese characters everywhere! 

You don’t need to worry about it. WeChat allows you to translate your WeChat information into your language:

Translate WeChat Chat Conversations

You can easily translate your chat or chat group conversations. Click on ‘Chats’ and select a sentence inside it, then select “Translate,” and viola! The penalty is no longer in Chinese.

With WeChat, it is possible to translate up to 20 languages.

Translate WeChat Moments

Go to “Discover” and then to “Moments.” – select text from your contact friends’ “Moments” messages, tap on it, and choose Translate. If you want to keep this translation as your secret, You can untranslate the sentences by simply tapping on the translated sentence and pressing “Untranslate.”

WeChat is famous for its fast-responding barcode, a QR code reader.

If you go to China, you will notice a QR code everywhere and that people almost do not use their purses. The WeChat QR scanner is so advanced that you can use it for payment and translation!

The translation can be done by scanning images from your mobile camera or within WeChat articles.

To learn more about WeChat QR code options and use cases, cheek this post!

Translating by Scanning:

1] Open WeChat.

2] Choose Discover, Contacts, or Chats, and you will notice the plus sign at the top of your screen; tap on it.

2] Choose Scan.

3] By tapping Scan, you access a QR scanner. At the bottom of your screen, you will see three options: Scan Code, Item, or Translate.

4] Choose translate. The scanner will find the text on the photo and translate it into Chinese!

Translate an image in WeChat/ Official Accounts articles:

1] Open your WeChat.

2]  Go to discover and then to search.

3] Choose articles or official accounts.

4] You can translate the plain text by selecting the three dots at the top of your screen and tapping translate.

5] If you want to translate text into an image file, choose the picture you want to translate and press it. Then, you will see an open bar with the option to translate image text; insist on it. The text in the image will be translated into English!

We made a short dictionary if you wish to be familiar with the WeChat essential keywords.

Short WeChat words dictionary

Moments – 片刻 | Piànkè

Official account – 公众平台帐号| Gōngzhòng píngtái zhànghào

QR Code – 二维码Èr wéi mǎ | Chat聊天室 |Liáotiān shì

Stickers贴纸| Tiēzhǐ

Scan it | 扫一扫 Sǎo yī sǎo

In my work, I help people and businesses become familiar with Chinese culture and understand how the Chinese people think. The first thing I always say is that speaking Mandarin is a great benefit, but you don’t have to talk it to do business in China. You need to be familiar with it.

Therefore, the most important thing is to understand Chinese culture and know a few words to make it work, especially when the development of translation is getting better and better.

In case you have a Problem Translating with WeChat

Your WeChat translation somehow has a problem and doesn’t work.

I recommend you download an app called Pleco. This is a dictionary app. It is straightforward and has many translation options: By voice, writing, scanning a photo, or handwriting the characters yourself.

I have used this app for many years, and it is handy for anyone learning Mandarin or wishing to translate a sentence into Chinese quickly. The clip Reader option is good when you want to solve a whole sentence, choose it, and press on the words to understand the meaning of it.

New Business Opportunity

Being capable of translating from Mandarin inside WeChat to your language is an excellent opportunity to explore the Chinese leading social media and understand local trends.

Furthermore, it is an excellent opportunity to do business with Chinese customers without searching for a translator and travel in China without worrying about misunderstandings.

My name is Neta, and I am a sinologist, which means I am passionate about Chinese people, media, culture, and economy while catching up with trends in China. I use this platform to share with you my passion in a fun and accessible way.