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Chinese Tech Terms and Phrases

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As technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, the vocabulary associated with it also evolves. This is particularly true in China, where innovation in the tech industry is booming. If you’re interested in technology and are learning Chinese, knowing relevant tech terms is essential. Below, we’ll cover some fundamental Chinese tech terms and phrases, providing you with definitions and practical examples to help you get to grips with the language of technology in Chinese.

计算机 (jì suàn jī) – Computer
This is the general term for “computer” in Chinese.
(I use a computer every day to complete my work.)

程序员 (chéng xù yuán) – Programmer
A person who writes computer programs is known as a programmer.
(Our company is hiring experienced programmers.)

智能手机 (zhì néng shǒu jī) – Smartphone
A mobile phone that performs many of the functions of a computer, with a touchscreen interface, internet access, and an operating system capable of running apps.
(Smartphones have now become a part of everyday life for almost everyone.)

应用程序 (yìng yòng chéng xù) – Application (App)
Software designed to help the user perform singular or multiple related tasks.
(I’m downloading a new application for photo editing.)

人工智能 (rén gōng zhì néng) – Artificial Intelligence (AI)
The simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems.
(Artificial intelligence is changing our world.)

数据分析 (shù jù fēn xī) – Data Analysis
The process of examining, cleansing, transforming, and modeling data to discover useful information, make conclusions, and support decision-making.
(He is studying data analysis to find out sales trends.)

互联网 (hù lián wǎng) – Internet
A global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols.
(Now, the internet is the main means of obtaining information.)

软件 (ruǎn jiàn) – Software
The programs and other operating information used by a computer.
(You need to install this software to run the game.)

硬件 (yìng jiàn) – Hardware
The physical parts of a computer system.
(I need to upgrade my computer hardware to enhance performance.)

编程语言 (biān chéng yǔ yán) – Programming Language
A formal language comprising a set of instructions that produce various kinds of output, used in computer programming to implement algorithms.
(Python is a very popular programming language.)

网络安全 (wǎng luò ān quán) – Cybersecurity
The practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks.
(Due to cybersecurity issues, the company has strengthened their IT infrastructure.)

云计算 (yún jì suàn) – Cloud Computing
The delivery of computing services—including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence—over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale.
(We use cloud computing services to store all our customers’ data.)

Learning and using these terms can enhance your understanding of technological discussions in Chinese and help integrate your language skills with modern tech communication. Remember, practice makes perfect, so try using these terms in context as much as possible. Happy learning!

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