Business Chinese courses

Prepare to work in business situations using Mandarin, with GoEast’s Business Chinese language course. With these courses you’ll be able to communicate to your staff, clients, suppliers, partners, lawyers & more.

Available online and in Shanghai.

Business Chinese courses

Prepare to work in business situations using Mandarin, with GoEast’s Business Chinese language course. With these courses you’ll be able to communicate to your staff, clients, suppliers, partners, lawyers & more.

Available online and in Shanghai.

Business Chinese working in China

About GoEast’s Business Chinese course

Learn how to communicate in Chinese in business contexts, to discuss contracts, stock options, legal issues, salaries, suppliers, client expectations and data reports.

Through a combination of selected readings, exercises, and cultural articles, you’ll be ready comfortable to communicate in Chinese in a business context in less than 3 months.

Level requirements are HSK3+ to HSK4+ to HSK5+ for different Business Chinese courses.

Business Chinese working in China
Business Chinese working in China
Business Chinese working in China
Business Chinese working in China
Business Chinese working in China

Modules from our Business Chinese course

Business Essentials

Entry requirement:
Elementary (HSK3+) / Intermediate (HSK4)

Course goal:
Entry course to speaking Chinese in a business context. Not only will you learn relevant words, also will we go over stories from real business cases in China (such as KFC), and we’ll introduce you to Chinese business culture.

Sample topics:

First day of work工作第一天
Arrange a reception安排酒会
Visit the factory参观工厂
During negotiations谈判前, 谈判中, 谈判结束
Recruitment information招聘信息
How to introduce products如何介绍产品
Strengthen after-sales service加强售后服务
Business is not doing well in peak season旺季不旺
Statistical reports统计报告
Market Research report on China Mobile Phones 中国手机市场调查报告
Should Zhongyi company launch new products now中意公司要不要现在推出新产品
KFC business case in China肯德基在中国的经营案例
Lay off workers企业裁员
Financial report of freight company货运公司财务报告
Costs and profits drive prices up and down成本及利润驱使车价有升有降

Business Chinese versus HSK

Deciding between Business Chinese or HSK isn’t really a matter of difficulty. More so, it’s a choice between language used in business context, versus formal versus written language.

Business Chinese

When to choose Business Chinese courses

  • You want to speak mostly in formal business situations, or write business emails
  • You want to make the words and grammar structures you already know part of your natural speech, and improve the variety of spoken words, especially in a business context
  • You want to sound more fluent and mature in the office or during presentations

When to continue with the HSK books instead

  • You want to focus on written Chinese and improve your reading and writing ability
  • You want to complete the official HSK5 or HSK6 exam, for instance for a university entrance or a visa requirement
  • You want to study Chinese language as a linguistic or translator or historian

Business Chinese sample phrases

Here are 60 phrases and words that give a sample of GoEast Mandarin’s Business Chinese courses. This is not a typical class or lesson, but more a preview of non-HSK words you’d learn in our Business Chinese course. Some of these phrases you may already know how to say — for instance, ‘Nice to meet you’ (很高兴见到你 Hěn gāoxìng jiàn dào nǐ) — but the phrases here are much more suitable and common in written reports or formal situations in the office.

First day of work

Here are some words from Business Chinese which you may use on your first day of work in a typical Shanghai office (工作第一天 
Gōngzuò dì yī tiān).

  • Coworker/boss/manager (同事/老板/经理 Tóngshì/lǎobǎn/jīnglǐ)
  • I am new here (我是新来的 Wǒ shì xīn lái de)
  • Nice to meet you (初次见面,请多多关照 Chūcì jiànmiàn, qǐng duōduō guānzhào)
  • Rules and regulations (规章制度 Guīzhāng zhìdù)

Visit the factory

If you ever visit a factory in China (参观工厂 Cānguān gōngchǎng) for your company, you can use these ‘Business Chinese’ words:

  • Factory/workers (工厂/工人 Gōngchǎng/gōngrén)
  • Technology/equipment (技术/设备 jìshù/shèbèi)
  • Professional/high-end/patent/processing (专业/高端/专利/加工 Zhuānyè/gāoduān/zhuānlì/jiāgōng)
  • Repair/upgrade (维修/更新 wéixiū/gēngxīn)

Business Chinese for Statistical reports

During statistical reports (统计报告 Tǒngjì bàogào) or presentations, these words are very common, and they’re not like you’re used to from the HSK books!

  • The report shows… (报告显示 Bàogào xiǎnshì)
  • Reach to/over/higher/lower/rate/percentage (达……/超过/高于/低于/率/百分之 Dá……/chāoguò/gāo yú/dī yú/lǜ/bǎi fēn zhī)
  • Compare to… (与……相比 yǔ……xiāng bǐ)
  • Rank… (排名第…… Páimíng dì……)
  • Until… (到……为止 Dào……wéizhǐ)

Here’s a paragraph using these words:

This report shows that as of December 1 this year, the daily output of the GoWest factory has reached 10 million copies, ranking third in the city. Compared with the same period last year, an increase of 42.5%. This growth rate exceeds the industry average.

本次报告显示,到今年12月1日为止,GoWest工厂的日生产量已达1000万份,在全市排名第三。与去年同期相比,增长了42.5%。该增长率超过同行业平均水平。

Běn cì bàogào xiǎnshì, dào jīnnián 12 yuè 1 rì wéizhǐ, GoWest gōngchǎng de rì shēngchǎn liàng yǐ dá 1000 wàn fèn, zài quánshì páimíng dì sān. Yǔ qùnián tóngqí xiāng bǐ, zēngzhǎngle 42.5%. Gāi zēngzhǎng lǜ chāoguò tóng hángyè píngjūn shuǐpíng.

Feedback quality issues in Chinese language

If you’re working in China, feedback quality discussions (反馈质量问题 Fǎnkuì zhìliàng wèntí) are extremely common.

  • Investigation/test (调查/检测 Diàochá/jiǎncè)
  • Quality issue/packaging issue (质量问题/包装问题 Zhìliàng wèntí/bāozhuāng wèntí)
  • Damage/gone bad/deformed/expired/not meeting the standard (损坏/变质/变形/过期/不符合标准 Sǔnhuài/biànzhí/biànxíng/guòqí/bù fúhé biāozhǔn)
  • Make a claim/re-do/return the goods (索赔/返工/退货 Suǒpéi/fǎngōng/tuìhuò)
  • Solutions/settling dispute (解决方案/协商 Jiějué fāng’àn/xiéshāng)

Discuss shipping methods

Another common thing, if your business produces goods importing or exporting to China, is transportation (讨论运输 Tǎolùn yùnshū).

  • Sea/land/air transportation (海运/陆运/空运 Hǎiyùn/lùyùn/kōngyùn)
  • Transportation cost (运输成本 Yùnshū chéngběn)
  • Cold chain transportation (冷链运输 Lěng liàn yùnshū)
  • Deliver/send out/receive/examine the goods (交货/发货/收货/验货 Jiāo huò/fā huò/shōu huò/yàn huò)
  • Ahead of time/postpone (提前/推迟 Tíqián/tuīchí)
  • Logistic company (物流公司 Wùliú gōngsī)

Business Chinese video

See here the pronunciation of these Business Chinese words and phrases in rapid succession, as shown by Eva老师. If it’s not clear, pause and rewind to watch it again. From GoEast Mandarin’s YouTube channel.

Learning materials

Business books & selected readings

Our classes are based on Chinese business books, clippings from news, essays and business courses.
Our classes are based on Chinese business books, clippings from news, essays and business courses.

Pre-made flashcards on Quizlet

Used during class and send as homework.
Used during class and send as homework.

Keynote / PPT presentations

Used during class and send after as homework.
Used during class and send after as homework.

Live classes with our teachers

All specially trained to teach Business Chinese
All specially trained to teach Business Chinese

Conversation topics list

Our teachers roleplay and guide you through conversations, vocabulary and sentence structures
Our teachers roleplay and guide you through conversations, vocabulary and sentence structures

Learning materials

Preview of Business Chinese Essentials

Edited recordings of online open class

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