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.

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.

Why Overseas Chinese Talent Has Trouble Adjusting in Mainland China

Hiring Overseas Chinese talent to send to Mainland China can seem like a really smart move. After all, they can speak the language and understand the culture, right? Actually, things are rarely so simple.

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”

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.