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7 Benefits of Learning Chinese for Business

With the process of economic globalization and the rapid development of China’s market power, countries worldwide are gradually focusing their attention on China. China’s economic and trade share has accounted for an increasing proportion of the global economy and trade quantity in recent years. The demand for countries and business people to establish trade partnerships with China has increased.

In recent years, with the promulgation of the “Belt and Road” policy, China’s trade partnerships with European countries have been further strengthened, especially Italy, Germany, France, and Monaco.

As the key to understand China, the Chinese language is prominently important.

The dividend of trade development has made Chinese language skills an important bonus for many people’s career development. Besides that, the Chinese language is not only applicable in China; it’s also recognized in south Asian countries like Singapore and Malaysia. More than a billion people speak mandarin in these countries, and it is essential to know the language if you want your business to flourish.

The enthusiasm of international trade practitioners to learn Chinese is growing. As a special sub-category of the Chinese language, Business Chinese is even more sought after by learners.

Take Italy as an example. There are 11 Confucius Institutes in Italy. The Confucius Institutes offering business Chinese courses. Among these 11 institutes, the Confucius Institute in Venice offers a Master’s degree education in Business Chinese. Besides, the Confucius Institute in Macerata, the Sacred Heart Confucius Institute in Milan, the National Confucius Institute in Milan, and the Confucius Institute in Turin have all set up BCT (Business Chinese Test) test centers.

The scale of Chinese language teaching is constantly expanding across the whole world. Because if you want to expand your business in these Chinese-speaking areas, you can’t expect their entire communities to know the language you speak. The effort has to come from your end.

Check the post to know more about the reasons why you should take a business Chinese course.

Keats Blog lists the 7 benefits of learning Chinese for business to explain why Mandarin is great for your career and business.

Top 1 benefit: better working and social relationships

The main communication objects in the Chinese language environment for a non-Chinese speakers are their co-workers normally. It means there will be lots of working or professional terms during the daily working conversation. If all you’ve learned is just focus on daily items, your communication with these working partners can hardly be smooth. The key part of teamwork is communication. What would it be if you cannot understand your colleague? Vice versa. 

According to research, this type of Chinese communication accounts for approximately 50 % of working conversations if you have Chinese co-workers or you’re working in China. 

Top 2 benefit: understanding Chinese culture

If you’re working in China or with a Chinese business partner, you will benefit greatly from knowing the Chinese culture and etiquette. Learning Business Chinese will help you achieve this goal.

Business etiquette always has different improvements and fusions in different cultures. For instance, your Chinese colleague will find it strange and embarrassing when you try to greet them with Bisous kissing on the cheek. Chinese people prefer shaking hands confidently and using a smile to express their friendliness.  

Top 3 benefits: help expansion and earn more profits

If you can speak Chinese on a basic level, more business chances will appear, especially when learning Chinese is easier than you think. 

Even just saying a simple word like “Ni Hao” – Hello, or “Xie Xie”- Thank you to Chinese people, you will be rewarded with beaming smiles. Chinese people appreciate the effort.

Learning Chinese will also remove the need for translators, decreasing business expenditure and as these skills are rare, expect to be reciprocated with heightened career prospects.

Top 4 benefit: better commercial negotiation techniques

If you’re in China for business, the ability to speak in the native tongue will prove valuable. This shows respect, breaking down awkward language barriers and omitting the complete reliance on a translator. The notion of trust is crucial for effective Chinese business negotiations. Before any business talk takes place, Chinese people always tend to prearrange meetings and social events. The foundations of trust must be cemented. When you can apply your business Chinese language proficiently, which means you know mandarin deeply, you will understand how Chinese people think and, therefore, earn their trust and negotiate with your potential clients better.

Top 5 benefit: more opportunities for getting the promotion

Speaking Chinese also means easier accessing some of the world’s most important cities for business and expansion (Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan). Think about it, which employee will you prefer to appoint in China as the pioneer of your business here? The one who doesn’t know the Chinese language at all, or who can speak the Chinese language fluently and know about Chinese culture? Basically, learning Chinese has never been more important.

Top 6 benefit: presenting your business concept clearer

For many business people, one of the urgent demands of learning Mandarin is to express and present their ideas clearly. They will try their best to explain the point of their presentation about a business idea or to explain a business strategy with specific numbers and index, or to analyze all the indications and  in Chinese

Top 7 benefit: understanding the vision of the economic development in China

Considering that China is also the fastest-growing consumer market, having the skills to communicate and understand how Chinese consumers operate is an enormous advantage.

At present, the subject of Business Chinese has a good momentum of development. Many Chinese education institutions offer various forms of business Chinese courses, but the quality of the courses varies.

Learning from professional schools and experienced teachers can really quickly improve your business Chinese level. Keats School has made a lot of achievements in Business Chinese and has helped thousands of people working in China from all over the world, especially the online course for Business Chinese.

Online Chinese course learning makes Chinese learning more convenient for business people, no longer affected by busy work schedules and venues.

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