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    Culture & Language

    How do I say ‘hello’ in Chinese?


    If your business has landed a large project from China which requires sending engineers over to your customers’ premises for a while, you may want to help them by giving them the opportunity to learn some basic Mandarin. It will make their life easier both in and outside the work environment.

    Apart from the language, China’s business culture is very different from Western practices. If you intend to travel to China for business purposes, it is good advice to familiarise yourself with some basic Chinese culture beforehand.

    Whether you are looking for someone to come in to teach Mandarin, or an informal 1-2-1 culture session to prepare for your trip, you can find qualified bilingual freelancers on Crayfish, where you want and when you want. If you need someone now, post your project here.

    Can you give me some tips on learning Mandarin?

    If you are planning a business trip to China, you should download some essential Chinese travel vocabulary so that you can take it with you during the trip. It might save you from getting lost in a strange country and help you with situations like telling the taxi driver where to go.

    If you are interested in learning Chinese in a more structured way, you will find a useful list of resources for learning Mandarin Chinese under “China Library” section.

    What should I know about giving gifts to the Chinese?

    Gift giving is a common Chinese custom that business visitors to China should prepare for and use to advantage. Some simple guidelines:

    Who: Typically, if you have only one gift, then it should be presented to the person in charge or the leader of the group.

    What: Gifts need not be expensive. If you do not already have a ready made corporate gift, the best gifts to offer can be items that are unique to the West (for example, something unique to Britain) or even better your own regional area. Gifts to avoid include clocks and umbrellas due to cultural taboos.


    What is “face” and how does it affect business in China?

    The idea of “face” in Chinese could be loosely defined as “public dignity” or “self-respect”. The Chinese do not normally prove someone wrong in public, particularly those more senior to them in terms of age or position, but it does not always apply the other way around!. Any criticism is best delivered privately, discreetly and tactfully, or else the result will be just the opposite of what you wish. Everyone keeping “face” is the best solution to problems or potential conflicts.

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