8 recommended transcription services that support Chinese [Explanation of important points]
Dec. 27, 2023
Even though I don't have satisfactory English skills, I don't have time to memorize Chinese...
Even if we think like that, we cannot wait for the times to change.
It has been a long time since globalization was called for.
In business, there are more and more situations in which people communicate in languages other than English.
In particular, Chinese is becoming as important as, or even more important than, English.
I'm sure there will be more and more opportunities to come into contact with Chinese in the future .
A powerful weapon in such cases is a service that converts Chinese audio and PDF into text (transcription) .
By using a transcription tool, you can carefully review the Chinese text you have written, translate it, and check whether your Chinese is correct.
Also, since you can clearly check the content in Chinese, you can greatly reduce the chance of misunderstandings occurring during communication.
This time, we will carefully select and introduce the most recommended transcription services for Chinese.
It also explains the points to be careful about when transcribing Chinese, so if you read this article, you'll become much more familiar with Chinese than you are now, and you'll be far less hesitant at work or in your private life.
Please watch till the end.
[Recommended] 8 Chinese transcription apps and services
Now, let's introduce some recommended services and apps for Chinese transcription!
From AI transcription services that can be easily used from within Japan to services developed by local companies, please use this as a reference when choosing a transcription service.
1. Mr. Transcription
Mr. Transcription is an AI transcription tool that can be easily used from your browser.
In recent years, the accuracy of AI transcription has improved amazingly, so it is able to accurately transcribe with very high accuracy.
"Mr. Transcription" can use two types of transcription AI engines: "PerfectVoice" and "AmiVoice".
Of the two , "PerfectVoice" supports transcription in 100 different languages, and of course can also transcribe Chinese.
Speech recognition is a particularly practical field of AI, so even people who cannot understand Chinese can easily understand the content.
Then, use an AI translation service such as DeepL to translate it into Japanese.
A major feature is that it is possible to transcribe (convert into text) not only audio but also videos, images, PDFs, etc.
It's very easy to use, just upload files from your browser.
You can try it for free for up to 1 minute without registering or logging in, so it is recommended that even beginners can easily use this transcription tool.
If you're having trouble transcribing Chinese, try "Mr. Transcription" first.
2.Sougu import method
Click here for the Chinese input system (IME) by Sogu, a major Chinese search engine .
It is designed to be used as a unique keyboard app like the Japanese IME Gboard (Android smartphone keyboard) and Shimeji (Android keyboard app), and in addition to the smartphone version, a Windows version is also available.
Since it has a voice input function, it can also be used as a voice recognition app.
In addition to being used as an input screen for other apps, it can also be launched independently as a standalone app, where you can use translation and image recognition functions.
The accuracy of voice input is higher than IMEs from other companies such as Google , so even those who are not confident in their Chinese can feel at ease.
This is a voice recognition app by iFlytek, China's largest voice recognition AI company.
The feature of iFlyrec is that it has overwhelmingly high accuracy of voice recognition.
*The AI developed by the company is said to not only be able to recognize speech, but also have the ability to understand (read) the content.
It seems that Japanese is not supported (translation is possible in the web version), but English voice input is possible, so it seems good for situations where multiple languages are used.
It also has a keyboard app function.
This is a transcription app provided by Taiwan AI Labs.
Since it is an app developed by a Taiwanese company, it is characterized by its relatively accurate transcription of Chinese with a unique Taiwanese accent .
The app itself supports Japanese (*Verified with the iPhone version) and is easy to use.
There are also Chrome extensions and speech synthesis apps that allow you to add subtitles in real time in your browser, so we recommend trying out various ways to use them.
Here are tools that are useful for multilingual web conferences .
It works in your browser, so you don't need to install any apps.
Automatic translation is possible in a huge number of languages, and AI transcribes audio in real time.
Minutes can be downloaded as files (txt/xls) , which is convenient if you want to translate them later.
This is a recommended tool when you want to transcribe meeting minutes in Chinese.
This is recommended for those who would like to have a professional writer transcribe the text using their keyboard rather than an AI transcription service .
Amitt is an audio transcription service provided by a company that handles multilingual translation, interpretation, and overseas research.
The best part is that you can also request translation into Japanese at the same time , and the price is very reasonable.
*For transcription, which emphasizes accuracy of content, it is safe to use human labor.
Companies that specialize in this kind of translation are better suited for transcribing foreign languages than general transcription companies.
7.Character translation master
The transcription service provided by China's Wuhu Jiajia Communication Technology Co., Ltd., Jinnan Branch is Script Dictionary .
It's easy to use, just open the page and upload the file just like ``Mr. Transcription'' .
However, it has the disadvantage of being difficult to use from Japan , and requires user registration on WeChat, the most widely used chat app in China .
* Mr. Transcription can be used for up to 1 minute without registration or login.
Since it is a service from the People's Republic of China, it is difficult to use it from outside of China, but it is a service that can be conveniently used locally.
8.Artificial intelligence speech-Ai Voice
Artificial Intelligence Dictionary - Ai Voice is also an AI transcription service originating from China.
This is also a format that allows you to upload files from a website, making it easy to use.
The developer is Anhui Province Zhongyi Computer Computer Research Institute Co., Ltd., and it is an AI service developed by a computer research institute affiliated with a pharmaceutical manufacturer.
However, please note that this is also a service within China, so you will need an account such as WeChat to register.
If you want to perform transcription from within China, I think it will be a reliable ally.
Points to note when transcribing Chinese characters
When transcribing Chinese audio or video, even if I try to transcribe it in the same way as Japanese, I can't convert it into text as well as I expected...
For those who have such troubles, we will explain the points to keep in mind when transcribing in Chinese .
- Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, etc. are different languages.
- There are simplified and traditional characters.
- Translation from Chinese to English is better
Broadly speaking, there are three types mentioned above. I will briefly explain each one.
1. Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, etc. are different languages.
Even if you say Chinese in one word,
- China: Mandarin (Putonghua)
- Taiwan: Taiwanese Chinese/Japanese (+Taiwanese, Hakka)
- Hong Kong: Cantonese
These differences exist even among the most widely used dialects (many other dialects exist as well).
*Taiwanese Mandarin and Taiwanese are completely different languages.
Chinese standard language is based on Mandarin Chinese
Among these, the most widely used "standard language" is one based on Mandarin Chinese (Beijing Mandarin) .
In mainland China, it is designated as the official language as "Putonghua" (Pǔtōnghuà).
In Taiwan, words based on Mandarin are also used as the standard language.
The Chinese language taught in Japanese schools is usually ``Putonghua,'' which is based on Mandarin.
Many multilingual transcription services can transcribe Putonghua, which is based on Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese standard language without any problems.
Cantonese, which is used in Hong Kong and southern China, has a completely different pronunciation, but since it has a large number of speakers as a dialect of Chinese, many AI transcription services support it.
“Mr. Transcription” can transcribe both Mandarin and Cantonese.
The AI transcription service ``Mr. Transcription'' also supports Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua and Taiwanese Standard) and Cantonese.
The transcription method is easy.
when uploading the file
- When speaking Mandarin, "中文"
- When speaking Cantonese, "Guangdong"
All you have to do is choose.
*Please make sure in advance whether the audio you want to transcribe is Mandarin or Cantonese.
2. There are simplified and traditional characters.
The Chinese characters currently in use are
- Simplified Chinese characters
- Traditional Chinese characters
There are two types.
- Examples of Japanese Kanji: Japanese Chinese Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese
- Examples of simplified characters: Japanese, Chinese, simplified characters, traditional characters
- Examples of traditional characters: Japanese Chinese Simplified characters Traditional characters
Simplified Chinese characters are widely used in the People's Republic of China, and were created after World War II by simplifying the original Chinese characters.
Simplified Chinese characters are also officially used in Singapore, which has a large Chinese population.
"Traditional Chinese" is a pre-simplified Chinese character used in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.
Mutual conversion between simplified and traditional characters is also possible.
When transcribing audio using a transcription service, whether it is transcribed into simplified Chinese or traditional Chinese differs depending on the service.
For example, in the case of ``Mr. Transcription'', the text is transcribed in simplified Chinese characters and in traditional Chinese characters in Cantonese, which is used in Hong Kong and other countries.
If you want to convert text transcribed into simplified Chinese to traditional Chinese, or convert traditional Chinese text to simplified Chinese, don't worry.
Since the only difference is in the shape of the characters , sentences in simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese can be converted into each other using an online service .
For example, the following services support mutual conversion between simplified and traditional characters, so please give them a try.
3.It is recommended to check the translation content using both Chinese and English.
There are some things to keep in mind when translating transcribed Chinese sentences into Japanese.
That is, when checking the translation content, compare the text translated from Chinese to English .
Actually, unfortunately, the accuracy of Chinese → Japanese is not very high at the moment.
*Japanese, which has a small market, may not be given much importance (updated) in the future...
On the other hand, when converting from Chinese to English, the accuracy is quite high even for specialized content, so by checking the translated content using English, you can reduce errors in the content.
Even if you are not good at English, you may be able to reduce mistakes by translating the text into English and then comparing it with the Japanese translation.
For translation from Chinese to Japanese and English, we recommend using the standard AI translation service, DeepL.
This time, we explained a transcription service that supports Chinese.
Finally, I would like to summarize the tools recommended in this article.
- Mr. Transcription : Easy to operate even for beginners. In addition to audio, it also supports videos, images, and PDFs.
- 搜狗输入法：Keyboard app +α. Windows version also available
- iFlyrec : Keyboard app + α. AI accuracy is particularly high
- Yating : The app supports Japanese. There are also Chrome extensions and speech synthesis tools.
- ObotAI Minutes : Real-time transcription and simultaneous translation of multiple languages possible
- Amitt : Human transcription service provided by translation and interpretation professionals
- Character Translation Master : Easy-to-use AI transcription service from China
- Artificial Intelligence Dictionary - Ai Voice : AI transcription service from China, developed by a research institute
Being able to speak Chinese will be a great asset in your future career in business.
Although it is difficult to fully master reading, writing, and business conversation, if you make good use of these tools, you should be able to speak Chinese to some extent right away.
Furthermore, it is also effective to use these transcription tools as a Chinese learning tool .
To be honest, communicating in languages other than Japanese is scary...
If you hesitate like that, you will end up missing out on valuable business opportunities.
Once you take the first step with the help of tools, the rest is surprisingly easy to do. Would you like to try it once?
■ AI transcription service "Mr. Transscription"
"Mr. Transcription" is an online transcription tool that can be used from zero initial cost and 1,000 yen per month (* free version available).
- Supports more than 20 file formats such as audio, video, and images
- Can be used from both PC and smartphone
- Supports technical terms such as medical care, IT, and long-term care
- Supports creation of subtitle files and speaker separation
- Supports transcription in approximately 99 languages including English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, French, Italian, etc.
To use it, just upload the audio file from the site. Transcription text is available in seconds to tens of minutes.
You can use it for free if you transcribe it for up to 10 minutes, so please try it once.
Transcription for audio / video / image transcription. It is a transcription service that anyone can use for free without installation.
- What is Mr. Transcription?
- Transcript images, sounds, and videos with Mr. Transcription
- Free registration
- Rate plan