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Master Chinese for Business by Only Learning What You Need to Know

Master Chinese for Business by Only Learning What You Need to Know

Guest post by Adam Menon   We’ve all heard that Chinese is one of the most difficult languages to learn. Many Westerners spend years living in Chinese-speaking communities without being able to pick up any more than a few basic phrases. And who can blame them when you look at all the time and energy...
The case for learning Chinese characters -- on your smartphone or tablet!

The case for learning Chinese characters — on your smartphone or tablet!

Innovative new apps can help break the cycle of expat illiteracy in China By Aaron Posehn Most people think that learning Chinese is hard, and they’ll probably also tell you that learning to write Chinese characters is even harder. But whether or not this is true, as an expatriate in China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong...
"chinEASE" – Make Sense of Chinese Characters for Your Next Business Trip

“chinEASE” – Make Sense of Chinese Characters for Your Next Business Trip

Learn the basics of Chinese characters en route to your next business meeting By Aaron Posehn If you’re someone who’s been to China on a business trip or tour, or even if you’re someone who has been to your local Chinatown, you surely have had your senses bombarded with signs and papers and menus all written in...

Check Out Contributor Aaron Posehn’s Mandarin Educational Video

If you’ve read any of my previous posts here, you may remember that I wrote one a while back about how to start a Chinese language club to find people with similar language goals in your city. I also spoke about the most recent language group I frequent to practice my Chinese – the Vancouver Chinese Mandarin Club....
LCB Top 10 Articles of 2012

LCB Top 10 Articles of 2012

We review many great articles at Learn Chinese Business, both from our regular contributors and guest bloggers, and it’s hard to pick winners.  Recently, though, our editorial team got together in a Google hangout and discussed which posts we thought were the very best in 2012.  It was an important year for our website and...
How to Start a Chinese Language Club

How to Start a Chinese Language Club

Learning Mandarin Chinese is best done with friends By Aaron Posehn If you've ever thought about learning Mandarin Chinese, you've probably also heard the language is next to impossible to learn... You can relax. You've been taking advice from the wrong people.
Language Barriers and Gaming the System

Language Barriers and Gaming the System

Trouble brews among “China short sellers” – Photo by Alotor A post on Linkedin today by Beijing-based venture capitalist, Kai Fu Lee, took aim at short-seller Citron Research. Lee, in addition to several other parties, have lodged legal complaints against the Detroit firm alleging the company published false reports to manipulate the stock market; i.e....
Home Depot Learns Chinese Is Laced in Inscrutable Local Nuances

Home Depot Learns Chinese Is Laced in Inscrutable Local Nuances

Photo by Shardayy Another U.S. company bites the concrete curb in China. Home Depot is just another U.S. company, of a list of other China business failures (Best Buy closed its China stores in 2011, and others like Wal Mart, Mattel, etc. etc.  have had a rocky, love-hate relationship with China). But, unlike other U.S....

Learn the Most Common Chinese Characters with Tuttle Chinese

Over a year ago we bought Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters, Vol. 1: A Revolutionary New Way to Learn and Remember the 800 Most Basic Chinese Characters. Out of 74 reviews on Amazon, this new method of learning the most common Chinese characters received (as of 9/15/2012) a whopping 4.5 stars out of five, so it...

Chinese Don’t Like Meetings, Unless They Are Purely Ceremonial?

We received an email from a reader that inquires about the Chinese protocol around having meetings. Here in the paragraph below is the classic protocol or understanding about how Chinese meetings work, which stresses the importance of resolving conflict outside of public meetings in order to avoid causing any lose of face, etc.:  Chinese like...

Chinese Jobs in America: 5 Reasons Why Chinese Professionals Might Not Be Promoted in American Companies

By Rae Cook As I travel from company to company as a communication expert, I often hear from and about Chinese engineers, scientists, and marketing professionals who are obviously underemployed in the US, meaning that they are not being promoted at the rate that might be expected. They have advanced degrees from good schools, are...

China Sourcing: Setting Goals

By Gary Young Having been in the China sourcing business for almost 11 years now, I am often asked what is the most difficult aspect of working in China. My short answer is “Communication”. China manufacturers want to create the product you are asking for. What I have come to appreciate is just how nuanced...