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Send your project viral with the help of the UK’s leading Chinese Cantonese voice over agency. Add Chinese Cantonese voice over to a variety of content, including TV and radio, business presentations, corporate and educational videos, e-learning courses, online advertising, websites and many more.

Browse our Chinese Cantonese voice over talents below and click to hear their samples. We are at hand to swiftly help you find and cast the perfect voice. With more than 15 years' experience in voice overs you are in safe hands, we’ll make your product or service sound amazing!

We are only a call or email away or, if you prefer, visit our get-a-quote page to discuss your project in detail. You can rest assured we’ll find the right Chinese Cantonese voice over talent for your project and needs.

We used GoLocalise to voice several of our films in Vietnamese. The service was friendly and professional. Being able to attend the recording sessions gave me confidence; the sound engineer had taken a lot of time to familiarise himself with our films and scripts, and the voice talents were incredibly competent and good at adapting to any changes in the scripts as we recorded. The whole process was incredibly smooth and I felt in safe hands.

Josie Gallo Content Co-ordinator at Medical Aid Films

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Case Study

As a global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry revolutionised the mobile industry when they first released an email pager in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire their millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Established companies such as Blackberry demand excellence and the highest level of detail so when they decided to work with us on these instructional videos for their latest products, we were determined to produce something we could all be really proud of.

The first stage in the project was the translation of the original English narration into ten languages – Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Thai, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish (Latin American) and Chinese Cantonese, which we have shown you here – for five different mobile products; so in total 49 videos were translated and recorded. Our skilled translators set to work translating the English transcript while our Project Managers put together a shortlist of talents that met the client’s brief. Once the client had chosen their ideal voiceover talent to showcase the new products and approved our translations of the script we set to work in our London recording studio.

Our dedicated sound engineers were joined in the studio by a Language Director to ensure the smooth running of the session as well as the client who oversaw the sessions and helped direct the talent. Working together, we guaranteed that the sessions were efficient so we could produce the perfect finished product for our client. We’re already excited for the next project we have lined up with them and hope we can continue to develop the great partnership that we have developed.

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Dubbing & Lip Sync Voice Over

Want to work with the best? Our dubbing and lip sync services are trusted by leading production companies, marketing and advertising agencies and TV stations from around the world.

We work in English and foreign languages, covering all international markets.

With the wide range of on-demand and online TV channels, we can help take your show, TV series or programme global with the simple addition of an English dialogue track!

Our London dubbing studios offer a full service in script translation and adaptation, casting of the voices, recording and final audio mixing of the shows so that they are ready for broadcast.

Corporate & Presentations Voice Over

Are you looking for a voice over for your corporate video or presentation?

Then you’ve found the right place. At GoLocalise we are committed to ensuring our clients have the right tone to represent their company, service or product and we will work with you to present your message in the best possible way, so that you can impress your clients and prospects.

Once the video has been shot and edited, it’s paramount that the accompanying voice over comes across as knowledgeable about the brand and excited about the company and the services they offer. A bad voice over can make a video fall flat and impact your company’s brand and image.

Promo Voice Over

Promos are a great way to launch a product or service, kick-start a campaign, make a big announcement or to just let people know about your company.

Having a great video is important, but having an engaging voice helps hammer home your message and grab the viewer’s attention.

From deep sexy voices to the "guy-next-door", no matter what type of promo voice talent you are after, we have what you're looking for. We are only a call or email away or, if you prefer, visit our get-a-quote page to discuss your project in detail. You can rest assured we’ll find the right promo voice over talent for your project and needs.

E-Learning Voice Over

GoLocalise is able to provide your company with e-learning translation, localisation and voice over services, leaving you with a ready-to-host product.

You’ll benefit from an expert pool of highly-skilled linguists who have extensive experience in e-learning and a sound understanding of the particular industry sector in which you are dealing.

Our service includes the management of the entire process and delivery of content adapted to foreign markets.

The steps and services involved in any end-to-end e-learning project are: the translation of the course and on-screen text; the localisation of the course graphics; the voice over recording of the course with your preferred voice over talents; and quality control during which the localised course files are reviewed against the original files.

E-learning voice overs can be used for many applications such as training courses, step-by-step instructional and safety videos, technical information, online tutorials and many other informational and educational programmes. Whatever the application, our professional voice over talents can provide you with a clear, concise and accurate narration.

If you need a voice over to narrate your e-learning course or educational product you’ll need someone with the experience, clear diction and stamina to record large volumes of text.

Educational Voice Over

Do you remember when you first started learning a foreign language?

The educational field has seen a transformation in recent years with the introduction of new technologies like smart boards and tablet apps. This transformation is especially evident in the voice over industry.

But we can all agree that the basics are still the same – a clear voice with good diction, a neutral accent, and a slow pace for better comprehension.

And while getting the right voice over talent may seem easy… we can assure you it is not. Many factors must be considered, for example, complicated words, "tongue twister" phrases, over-articulation, contractions, and lazy mouth to name a few.

Don't leave it to chance, make sure your content is clearly understood by your audience and choose GoLocalise for your next educational voice over project. We have thousands of passionate and professional voice over artists ready to work with you in English or any foreign language.

On-Hold Messages (IVR) Voice Over

How many times have you heard a horrible voice while on hold on the phone and felt like you just wanted to hang up?

Did you know that 90% of callers placed on hold, listening to silence, hang up within 40 seconds, and 30% of them never call back?

On-hold messaging or messages on hold is a service used by businesses and organisations of all sizes to deliver targeted information to their callers while they wait on hold or while they are being transferred.

Improve your customer experience, and choose a confident voice with tons of charm, warmth and enthusiasm to properly represent your company. We work with a great variety of companies, translating, adapting, casting the voice over talents and recording the telephone prompts.

Telephone prompts are recorded, cleaned, edited, split and labelled and delivered in the format of your choice, so you do not need to worry about anything!

Character & Video Game Voice Over

Video games are not just for entertainment, but they are also used to educate users of all ages while forming strong virtual communities.

We know that the game doesn’t only have to look good and play smoothly, but also has to sound and read just right. That’s why we at GoLocalise provide all our clients with carefully selected linguists, who are not only specialists in the video game field but are also gamers themselves.

We look after every single detail when localising games into foreign languages and always use the latest glossaries for all the current video game platforms, Wii, PlayStation, Xbox, etc. so that terminology and platform word choices are always spot-on.

You’ll benefit from working with a company that provides the whole package under one roof: translation, quality control, testing and voice over services for all types of video games. The voice over process is overseen by language directors, i.e., native speakers who ensure the correct delivery, pronunciation and intonation of the script.

By using the right voices you can keep frustrated players motivated!

A BRIEF HISTORY OF Chinese Cantonese

Cantonese, or Standard Cantonese (traditional Chinese: 廣東話 / 廣州話; simplified Chinese: 广东话 / 广州话), is the dialect of Yue Chinese spoken in the vicinity of Canton (Guangzhou) in southern China. It is the traditional prestige dialect of Yue.

Cantonese is the language of the Cantonese people. Inside mainland China, it is a lingua franca in Guangdong Province and some neighbouring areas, such as the eastern part of Guangxi Province. It is the majority language of Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong and Macau. It is also traditionally the most spoken variety of Chinese among overseas Chinese communities in Southeast Asia (most notably in Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore) and the Western world, especially Canada, Australia, Western Europe, and the United States.

While the term Cantonese refers narrowly to the prestige variety described in this article, it is often used in a broader sense for the entire Yue branch of Chinese, including related dialects such as Taishanese. When standard Cantonese and the closely related Yuehai dialects are classified as one variant, there are about 70 million total speakers.

Cantonese is viewed as part of the cultural identity for its native speakers across large swathes of southern China, Hong Kong and Macau. Although Cantonese shares much vocabulary with Mandarin Chinese, the two varieties are not mutually intelligible because of pronunciation, grammatical, and also lexical differences. Sentence structure, in particular the placement of verbs, sometimes differs between the two varieties. The use of vocabulary in Cantonese also tends to have more historic roots. One of the most notable differences between Cantonese and Mandarin is how the spoken word is written; with Mandarin the spoken word is written as such, whereas with Cantonese there may not be a direct written word matching what was said. This results in the situation in which a Mandarin and Cantonese text look almost the same, but are pronounced differently.

During the Southern Song period, Guangzhou became the cultural centre of the region. Cantonese emerged as the prestige dialect of Yue Chinese when the port city of Guangzhou on the Pearl River Delta became the largest port in China, with a trade network stretching as far as Arabia. Cantonese was also used in the popular Yuèōu, Mùyú and Nányīn folksong genres, as well as Cantonese opera. Additionally, a distinct classical literature was developed in Cantonese, with Middle Chinese texts sounding more similar to modern Cantonese than other present-day Chinese varieties, including Mandarin.

As Guangzhou became China’s key commercial center for foreign trade and exchange in the 1700s, Cantonese became the variety of Chinese that came into the most interaction with the Western world. Around this period and continuing into the 1900s, the ancestors of most of the populations of Hong Kong and Macau arrived from Guangzhou and surrounding areas after the territories were ceded to Britain and Portugal respectively. In Mainland China, standard Mandarin has been promoted as the medium of instruction in schools and as the official language, especially after the communist takeover in 1949. Meanwhile, Cantonese has remained the official variety of Chinese in Hong Kong and Macau, both during and after the colonial period.

Spoken Chinese has numerous regional and local varieties, many of which are mutually unintelligible. Most of these are rare outside their native areas, though they may be spoken outside of China. Since a 1909 Qing Dynasty decree, China has promoted Mandarin for use in education, the media and official communication. The proclamation of Mandarin as the official national language however was not fully accepted by the Cantonese authority in the early 20th century, who argued for the “regional uniqueness” of its local dialect and commercial importance of the region. The use of Cantonese in mainland China is unique relative to non-Mandarin Chinese varieties in that it continues to persist in a few state television and radio broadcasts today.

Nevertheless, there have been recent attempts to curb the use of Cantonese in China. The most notable has been the 2010 proposal that Guangzhou Television increase its broadcast in Mandarin at the expense of Cantonese programs. This however led to mass protests in Guangzhou, which eventually dissuaded authorities from enforcing the linguistic switch. Additionally, there have been reports of students being punished for speaking non-Mandarin forms of Chinese at school, resulting in a reluctance of younger children communicating in their native Chinese variety, including Cantonese. Such actions have further strengthened the role of Cantonese in local Guangdong culture, with the variety being seen as an identity of the province’s native people, in contrast to migrants who have generally arrived from poorer areas of China and largely speak Mandarin.

Due to the linguistic history of Hong Kong and Macau, and the use of Cantonese in most established overseas Chinese communities, international usage of Cantonese is relatively widespread compared to its proportion of speakers who make up the population in China. Cantonese is the predominant Chinese variety spoken in Hong Kong and Macau. In these areas, political discourse takes place almost exclusively in Cantonese, making it the only variety of Chinese other than Mandarin to be used as the primary language for official state functions. Because of their use by non-Mandarin-speaking Yue speakers overseas, Cantonese and Taishanese are the primary forms of Chinese that many Westerners encounter.

Increasingly since the 1997 Handover, Cantonese has been used as a symbol of local identity in Hong Kong, largely through the development of democracy in the territory and desinicization practices to emphasise a separate Hong Kong identity.

A similar identity situation exists in the United States, where social conflicts have arisen within the Chinese American community due to a large recent influx of Mandarin-speakers from Taiwan and China. While many established Taiwanese immigrants have learned Cantonese to foster relations with the traditional Cantonese-speaking Chinese American population, more recent arrivals and the larger number of mainland Chinese immigrants have largely continued to use Mandarin, sometimes as their exclusive language as well rather than attempting to use English. This has contributed to a segregation of communities based on variety of Chinese spoken, as well as a growing number of Chinese Americans (including American-born Chinese) of Cantonese background defending the historic Chinese American culture before the recent arrival of Mandarin-speakers, including dis-identification with China itself in favor of their families’ countries of origin (e.g. Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, etc.) if not from the mainland.

Along with Mandarin and Hokkien, Cantonese has its own popular music, Cantopop. In Hong Kong, Cantonese lyrics predominate within popular music, and many artists from Beijing and Taiwan have learned Cantonese to make Cantonese versions of their recordings. Popular native Mandarin speaking singers, including Faye Wong, Eric Moo, and singers from Taiwan, have been trained in Cantonese to add “Hong Kong-ness” to their performances.

Films were also made in Cantonese from the early days of Chinese cinema, and the first Cantonese talkie, White Gold Dragon (白金龍), was made in 1932 by the Tianyi Film Company. Despite a ban on Cantonese films by the Nanjing authority in the 1930s, Cantonese film production continued in Hong Kong which was then under British colonial rule. From the mid-1970s to the 1990s, Cantonese films made in Hong Kong were very popular among overseas Chinese communities.

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