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“How to Start a Mandarin Chinese Club” Any-town USA to Learn Chinese

Tired of using Mandarin Chinese language learning software, or books guaranteed to teach you Mandarin Chinese in as little eight days? What’s the point in learning Mandarin Chinese anyway if you don’t plan to move to China permanently. And no one in their right mind is going to put any real time into learning more...

Learning Mandarin, Because You’ll Use It for Business in the USA

Chinese Pod published a blog this morning that we wrote on learning Mandarin in order to gain more business in the USA, of all places. But, it’s true, more Chinese nationals are doing business in the USA, and investing large amounts of cash in a number of industries. Many American businesses are falling over themselves to...
Sex & Business Often Intersect in China

Sex & Business Often Intersect in China

By now the Chinese sex story scam is almost a stereotype. If you’ve been to China outside of a student tour, or some other highly structure travel, then you know: Sex is often a tool for business in China, a means to an illustrious and successful end (for the schemers that is), and the range...

Correct Name for China Is Surprisingly Not China

One of our readers wrote in asking about the correct name for China. We’re not sure what prompted the question, but can only imagine that they found out that the word “China” means little to the average Chinese person. Many foreigners find out on their first trip to China that many Chinese outside of Beijing...

How Does Rosetta Stone Work for Learning Mandarin Chinese?

Rosetta Stone Chinese (Mandarin)  has become a premier language learning software, so we would like to put out a call for a Rosetta Stone Chinese review to ask readers, “how does Rosetta Stone work for learning Mandarin Chinese?” There are really scores of Mandarin Chinese language learning programs out there, but Rosetta Stone Chinese seems...

Ten Tips for Giving Presentations to Mandarin Chinese Speakers

By Joann Pittman, author of Survival Chinese Lessons Giving presentations (in English) to Mandarin Chinese speakers presents some unique challengers for a presenter. There are both linguistic and cultural barriers to communicating effectively in such a setting. Here are ten tips for giving presentations to Mandarin Chinese speakers: 1. Prepare a written outline in both...

Mandarin Business Lesson: Introducing Friends in Chinese

Guest post by Nicole Wang 你好 (ni hao-hello)!Today we are going to learn to introduce each other. If you’re getting to know the Chinese, you’ll need to learn this lesson early on. “Friend” in Chinese expressed like this:  朋友(peng2 you3)。” This is my friend,[put your friend’s name ]” is:  这是我的朋友(zhe4 shi4 wo3 de peng2 you3)[put your...

Eating Dog, Scorpion, Snake, and Silk Worm in China

By Nicole Wang 你好 (Ni hao)!(we learned that in the last Mandarin Chinese lesson, remember?). Today, we’ll learn something about what foods Chinese people like to eat. You may have already heard that Chinese people like to eat “special” foods. For example, some Chinese people (depending the part of China in which they live) eat 狗(gou3)(dog),...

How to Greet a Chinese Businessman

By Nicole Wang Today you will learn how to greet a Chinese businessman, when meeting for the first time. We learned 你(you) in the last lesson. When you say hi to your friends, you can use that form of you like this: 你好(ni2 hao3). Ni means you and hao means good. “You good” is how...

How to Say Merry Christmas in Chinese, and More!

By Nicole Wang Merry Christmas, everyone! In the above video I talk you through this lesson. I suggest you read through everything and then view the video. Even holidays are important to business people, especially business partners who stay in touch with each other over holiday vacation. Today we will learn how to say Merry Christmas...