Is English really all you need to do business in China?
Monday, 18th January 2010
With a seemingly shrinking world due to vast globalization and a stronger economy in China than ever before, people are beginning to place a high importance on learning Mandarin Chinese.
Just as the business world has become more global, so has the recognition that doing business with the Chinese means communicating in the Mandarin Chinese language.
When bringing your business overseas, knowing the language of the country shows dedication to your clients. From a simple greeting in the native language to understanding certain aspects of the culture, knowing even just a bit of Mandarin in the business world will earn you respect.
It may be worthwhile for you to try a Language and Cultural training program. This program provides a complete understanding of Mandarin Chinese and the attitudes and values of the culture.
Cactus also runs 10-week Mandarin course in several cities throughout North America. Both the Beginner and the Beginner Plus courses are relatively small (12 students maximum) so that there is plenty of teacher-student interaction. You can also choose to take a tailor-made language program – this will be especially helpful when it comes to a business approach because industry-specific words and phrases can be included in your program. You will always be learning from a native-speaking qualified instructor, with courses specifically designed with a full curriculum in a lively class format.
Your Beginner or Beginner Plus course has been designed to incorporate specific themes, grammar and vocabulary. Both courses include learning Pinyin, which means “phonetics”, or “spelling sound”. The Mandarin language also relies heavily on tones, therefore this is also an aspect which will be covered in the course.