Communication Tips

In China, language and culture both play an important role in shaping communication styles but can be difficult for the uninitiated to comprehend. This section focuses on providing insights into Chinese communication styles and short lessons on effectively using the Chinese language for Westerners who are planning on traveling or working in China.

5 Reasons You Need to Learn Chinese Names

Names are extremely important to the Chinese, and learning how to pronounce them and their meanings is an excellent way to begin engaging more with Chinese friends, colleagues, and partners. In this article I go over five key reasons we need to stop constantly asking for English names from the Chinese.


The Pull of the Cantonese Language

In this interview, my friend Jeremy Ryder details his wonderful journey learning the Cantonese language and exploring the many facets of southern Chinese culture. This is a great read for anyone interested in traveling to Hong Kong or Guangdong, China.

The Quest for an Accurate Translation, a Chinese Fable

Ensuring accurate translations between the Chinese and English languages is tough in today’s fast and frantic business climate. Through a short fable, readers will learn why taking it slow can not only ensure higher-quality translation deliverables, but also aid in cross cultural learning and communication.


What is the Secret to Speaking Better Chinese?

Learning to speak Chinese has become increasingly important to many in the international business community, but still presents many difficulties for the Western learner. However, focusing on the right issues can provide a key advantage in one’s studies, as outlined in this article.


Saying “No” in China

Saying no in China can be difficult for Westerners because of the Chinese tendency to speak in a vague and indirect manner. In order to help the Chinese save face and maintain valuable relationships it is important to know how to properly say no in a way that local Chinese business people can accept.


Tips For Communicating With The Chinese, Part 2

In an earlier post, I offered a general overview of several common elements in Chinese society (and the business environment) which will often influence how the Chinese communicate. These include concepts such as social harmony, giving or losing Face, maintaining relationships, and observing business… Read More ›


Tips For Communicating With The Chinese, Part 1

Unclear communication by Chinese business people can cause frustration and concern among Westerners. In this article some of the key aspects of unclear communication by the Chinese are addressed to assist Western businesses in successfully negotiating business deals and forming strong relationships with the Chinese.


A Guide to Hanyu Pinyin and Correct Chinese Pronunciation

The Chinese language is becoming more important with the economic and political development of Mainland China. Start learning Chinese by first reading and reviewing this introduction to Chinese Pinyin.