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Introducing Pronounce Mandarin – The Easy Way

Introducing Pronounce Mandarin – The Easy Way

What are the basics you need to communicate with Chinese people?

When communicating with  Chinese it is crucial that non-Chinese speakers can at least pronounce their Chinese contact’s names correctly.  Also being able to say a few useful Mandarin words and phrases will impress your Chinese contacts and in turn give you confidence. Making a good impression will give you that competitive edge you need.

I have been helping businesses understand how to conduct business with China for almost three decades. I am competent in Mandarin and have done many years of research into the reason...

Chinese New Year – Year of the Rat

Chinese New Year – Year of the Rat

Chinese New Year – Year of the Rat

Chinese New Year commences on January 25th 2020 and is the Year of the Rat. This celebration is also known as the Spring Festival. Chinese New Year is the longest public holiday in China. Employees have seven to 12 days holiday, and some of the factory workers...

The importance of ‘feng shui’ in the Chinese business environment

The importance of ‘feng shui’ in the Chinese business environment

Feng shui 風水 is an ancient art that originated in China over 3,000 years ago. In literal translation, ‘feng’ means ‘wind’ 風 and ‘shui’ means ‘water’ 水. According to Chinese philosophy, when things are placed in the appropriate environment the feng shui of a space creates a positive energy, and in turn there is harmony...

Christmas in China

Christmas in China

Over the last two decades Christmas has been steadily gaining popularity in China. In the larger cities, Christmas has been a big commercial success and a newly adopted festive tradition. Even though it has become popular, most people in China do not celebrate Christmas the same as people in the West celebrate this festival. This is...

The important of ‘face’ in the Chinese business environment

The important of ‘face’ in the Chinese business environment

The importance of ‘face’ is extremely relevant in the Chinese business environment. Chinese business people often help each other save ‘face’. ‘Giving face’ is a tool that is frequently used in creating new social connections.

A Chinese person’s reputation rests on how much ‘face’ he/she gains. It defines a person’s place in their social networks. ‘Face’...

Developing and Maintaining ‘Guanxi’ When Negotiating in the Greater China Region

Developing and Maintaining ‘Guanxi’ When Negotiating in the Greater China Region

In Chinese business culture the closest English translation for ‘guanxi’ is relationship. Building ‘guanxi’ is an important ingredient when doing business and negotiating with a Chinese people. In fact without some level of ‘guanxi’ it would be difficult to conduct business in the Greater China Region.

In the greater China Region the lines between friends, business,...

‘Guanxi’ and Negotiation

‘Guanxi’ and Negotiation

The development and maintenance of ‘guanxi’ is important when negotiating and communicating in the Greater China Region . A popular saying in Mandarin is ‘friends before businesses’. The closest English translation for ‘guanxi’ is relationship. Relationship in Chinese culture means a business relationship, and carries the same importance as a strong friendship, marriage or partnership....

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