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Tempo Now Speaks Chinese

Great news! We’ve just added a simplified Chinese translation to our growing portfolio of Tempo translations in Tempo 7.5, which was released yesterday for JIRA download.

A big thank you (謝謝) goes out to our Beijing partner, Unlimax, for their hard work in making this translation a reality. This translation means that Tempo reaches another 1.3 billion more people in their native tongue, one-fifth of the global population. Whoa!

Hello China!


Here are ten interesting facts about China:

  1. Nearly one fifth of the world’s population lives in China. China’s population is estimated to have reached a whopping 1,338,612,968 in July 2009. China’s population is four times that of the United States.[1]
  2. Despite its size, all of China is in one time zone.[2]
  3. China has the world’s oldest calendar. This lunar calendar originated in 2600 B.C. and has 12 zodiac signs. It takes 60 years to complete.[3]
  4. Paper was first made in China in 105 A.D.[4]
  5. The oldest tree in the world is the gingko, which originated in China.[5]
  6. On September 27, 2008, Zhai Zhigang made the first spacewalk by a Chinese astronaut.[6]
  7. The longest river in China is the 3,494-mile Yangtze (Changjian) River.[7]
  8. In China, certain colors are linked to the elements (earth, wind, fire, water, wood, and metal).The color red is associated with fire, and symbolizes happiness for the Chinese. For this reason, it is commonly used at festivals and other celebratory occasions.[8]
  9. Chinese is spoken by 92% of China’s population. There are at least seven major families of the Chinese language, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Wu, Hakka, Gan, Xiang, and Min.[9]
  10. There are over 40,000 Chinese characters. Children learn between 4,000 and 5,000 by the time they enter university. They must be learned by memorization, as they cannot be sounded out like the English alphabet.[10]

Translations = efficient workflows

As we’ve said before, we believe that nothing is more critical to efficient workflows than working with a tool that speaks your language. Our aim in providing Tempo in multiple languages goes hand-in-hand with our responsiveness to customer suggestions and feedback with each new product release, and reflects our belief that productivity and efficiency come from a work tool that can match your ideal work process.

Interested in using Tempo in your local language? Willing to help us translate? Please contact us (tempo[at]tempoplugin.com), and we’ll get you started.

Tempo is now available in:  English (US/UK), French, German, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Czech, Turkish, Russian, Japanese, Norwegian, and Chinese. To use Tempo in a different language, JIRA Administrators with global permissions can select a language from the Administration. Additional languages can be installed. (Please see ‘Configuring JIRA Options’ for specifics.)

Tempo’s Chinese translation is available in Tempo 7.5 for (JIRA download at this time; OnDemand to be added soon). Read the Tempo 7.5 Release Notes, and buy Tempo on the Atlassian Marketplace.

Give Tempo a Go

  1. CIA.gov.  “The World Factbook — China.  Accessed January 30, 2013.
  2. Nassau Weekly, “Making Time: China’s time zone policy,” April 14, 2011.
  3. Perkins, Dorothy. 2000. Encyclopedia of China: The Essential Reference to China, Its History and Culture. New York, NY: Checkmark Books.
  4. Tsien, Tsuen-Hsuin (1985). Paper and Printing. Joseph Needham, Science and Civilisation in China, Chemistry and Chemical Technology. Vol. 5 part 1. Cambridge University Press (via)
  5. Chinaculture.org, “Oldest Tree,” accessed January 30, 2013
  6. USAToday.com. “China Space Program Advances with First Spacewalk.” September 27, 2008. Accessed: January 30, 2013.
  7. Encyclopaedia Britannica: “Yangtze River,” accessed January 30, 2013.
  8. Nathan Sivin (1995), "Science and Medicine in Chinese History," in his Science in Ancient China (Aldershot, England: Variorum), text VI, p. 179. (via)
  9. Perkins, Dorothy. 2000. Encyclopedia of China: The Essential Reference to China, Its History and Culture. New York, NY: Checkmark Books.
  10. Id.