By Nicole Wang

你好 (ni hao-hello)!After yesterday’s lesson, does everyone have a cool Chinese name now? If you happened to miss what we learned yesterday, please do some review.

Today I am going to teach you about using the correct Chinese business letter / email format. In the USA, we like to start with “Dear ***” when we are writing professional letters or email, right? But it would be wrong if you literally translate that English protocol to Chinese.

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Chinese people, especially the young generation, like to call their friends 亲爱的(dear) *** (qin1 ai2 de) in casual occasion. But this salutation obviously wouldn’t be appropriate for writing a Chinese business letter. To start a Chinese business letter, this phrase should be used 尊敬的(respectable) (zun1 jing4 de). This term can also be used during face to face formal occasions. You may hear speakers start their conversation with 尊敬的领导(leaders)(ling2 dao3)和嘉宾(guests),你们好(we learned 你好before, ni3 men is just the plural format)。

Okay, after writing your headline, you can write the body of your email. At the end of the email in English, it is always something like have a great day, thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you, .etc But in Chinese, there is a template that works every time. 此致敬礼(I will end my words full of my respect)(ci3 zhi4 jing4 li3)is the phrase you should use to close a formal email. But please do not use it in oral conversation, as it should only be used in written Chinese. This four character phrase should also be separated into two paragraphs. Leave 2 spaces before 此致,and 敬礼should be put at the next paragraph without any space. For a signature, you can say ****敬上(*** turn it in with fully respect)(jing4 shang4). You can write a professional email to me (see below in my bio for my email) in Chinese if you would like to practice what we have learned today. Have fun and see you tomorrow.

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Nicole Wang holds a master degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Her personal background has been strongly related to East Asia as she grew up both in China and Japan. Nicole has been evolved in the field of Quantitative research, big data, MOOCs, evaluation, marketing, and language teaching. She can be reached at