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.
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.
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.
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!
Have you lived or worked in China for a length of time? Do you want to help other Westerners learn about China, its culture, and its people? Contact the China Culture Corner today to share you story with the world, and remove the veil of mystery from China!
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!
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.
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.
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.
The office culture of many companies in Mainland China can cause stress and worry for the unprepared Western expatriate. In order increase an expatriate’s chances of success and reduce the time required for cultural acclimation, it is a good idea to be aware of the basic elements at play within a Chinese office environment.
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.