3 Sacrifices Expats Make By Not Learning Chinese

In my latest China vlog, I recount some of my own experiences working in China and why learning Chinese may become an invaluable skill set for foreign expatriates in the future.

5 Reasons a Translation Career May Not Be For You

Do you enjoy studying or translating the Chinese language? In fact, a career in translation can be frustrating for the unprepared, so it’s important to first understand some of the key challenges you will face.

Don’t Let Assumptions Define Your China Experience!

The assumptions we make based on our experiences back home often blind us to the realities of living abroad. When living in China it’s important to cast these assumptions aside if we are to understand what others are saying.

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.

Finding Work in China as a Western Graduate

In China, young non-Chinese talent can have a harder time finding good jobs, especially as China’s talent market evolves and local professionals gain more experience. In this interview, I talked with Adam Horton, a recent graduate from the U.K., about his experiences looking for and finding a job in Shenzhen, China.

How “Chinese” Should You Act in China?

In China, adapting to the local culture and language is a must. But how much is enough? Take a look at the pros and cons of two separate groups: international expats and non-Chinese that make an effort to adapt.

“Little Sisters” and “Older Brothers” in China

Do you know about “Little Sisters” and “Older Brothers” in China? These two terms are a common part of everyday life and are often used by China’s younger generation to communicate and build relationships. Take a look at the following article t begin building relationships the Chinese way today!

SeekPanda: Revolutionizing the Chinese Interpretation Market

Need a Chinese interpreter? SeekPanda, based in Beijing China, is looking to change the face of China’s interpretation market and help Western companies bridge the language and cultural divide. Take a look at this interview to find out why a skill interpreter is so important!

35 Ways to Wish Someone Well in Chinese

Life in China is filled with opportunities to reconnect with old contacts and meet new friends. But what should you say to make a good impression, especially at special events? Check out this simple list of Chinese idioms, and you’ll have something to say on any occasion!

27 Idioms For More Effective Communication with the Chinese

Effective communication is essential when working with the Chinese, but a lack of foreign language skills on both sides can impair progress. Enter Chinese idioms, steeped in Chinese culture, they can easily communicate complex ideas quickly and succinctly. Learning a few key idioms can do wonders for your ability to communicate in China, and increase your respect (face) among the Chinese as well.

The Quest for an Accurate Translation, a Chinese Fable

Read a short story, inspired by the Chinese tale Journey to the West, to learn more about the dangers of directly translating between Chinese and English.

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.

Three People Can Create a Tiger – Social Media in China

Social media in China has a huge potential to either help or disrupt Western businesses. The Chinese idiom “it only takes three people to create a tiger,” provides information and insights on how quickly information can spread, and the negative power of rumors in China.

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 and social hierarchies. However, knowing about these elements within Chinese culture is only half the battle.Continue reading “Tips For Communicating With The Chinese, Part 2”

Beating the Grass and Startling the Snake – IPR in China

Understanding Chinese idioms can offer insights into the Chinese mindset. The idiom “beating the grass and startling the snake” provides a good lesson on why you should guard your China market entry plans closely, lest local competitors beat you to the punch.

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.

Building a Cart Behind Closed Doors – What Costco Did Wrong in China

The idiom “building a cart behind closed doors” serves as a useful reminder of the dangers of entering the Chinese foreign without ample preparation. Without on-the-ground research and analysis of consumer needs and preferences, it is all too easy to make disastrous missteps in China.