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Course Description

Welcome to business Chinese! My name is Hong Zeng, an award-winning professor of Chinese for 16 years at prestigious American universities, such as University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, College of William and Mary, Swarthmore College, Carleton College and Hamline University. I have taught the Chinese language at all levels, including courses in Business Chinese. I have two PhDs in Chinese and comparative language literature, and published 5 books in America well endorsed by world-renowned experts in these fields. Many American students taught by me have found jobs in prestigious business companies or in China using their learned Chinese skill. Since China has risen to be the biggest economic body in the world and a preeminent supplier in the world market, learning business Chinese will greatly boost your business with China.

For each topic on one specific business occasion, there are three lectures: the first lecture teaches and practices the vocabulary and grammar used on that business occasion, and provides sentence by sentence explanation for the business dialogue text. I designed the video by putting my instruction and your practice in close propinquity: after each slide where I taught the vocabulary, grammar and the text, I will give you two minutes to memorize these contents on the speaking and listening level, and in the very next slide is your reviewing and practice of this language information out of memory: you will translate the short English phrases---the key phrases for that particular business situation into Chinese. Make sure you translate before I give you the correct answer. The second lecture is your text practice of business dialogue under my drilling (you read after me; sentence by sentence to ensure the accuracy of your pronunciation and answer questions about the dialogue text. Make sure you answer the question before I provide the correct answer), the third lecture is an acting/performing video of that dialogue to reinforce your learned and practiced business language. Listen to it and try to comprehend it without looking at the text, observing how I pronounce the sounds so that you can pronounce correctly.

As for the study schedule, for each lesson, you need two-three days depending on whether you want to memorize the writing of Chinese characters. If you only want to master the business dialogue on the speaking and listening level without having to remember their written form of Chinese characters, you can spend only two days on each lesson, half an hour each day: the first day you will watch the first lecture on the vocabulary, grammar and text explanation, and practice them according to my instructions after each slide. For the second day you will watch the second lecture on text practice, read after me sentence by sentence, imitating closely my pronunciation. Answer my questions about the text before providing the correct answers. You will also watch the third lecture on acting videos of the business dialogue; make sure you can understand them, and speak them accurately on your own. You will need 20 days to finish all of the ten lessons. If you want to master the dialogues on the speaking, listening and writing level, you can spend the third day of your schedule practicing how to write the Chinese characters.

For both kinds of learners, if you are not acquainted with the sound and writing system of Chinese and writing stroke order, it is important for you to purchase my other two courses, “College Mandarin Chinese on Your Own” beginning and intermediate level, in which I have introduced these knowledge, so that you can pronounce the words accurately and practice writing the characters in the correct stroke order. If you want to master the business dialogue on both the speaking and writing level, it takes you about one month to finish the whole course, since studying each lesson takes three days.

This course is meticulously designed so it can be extremely useful, comprehensive for teaching you the language to conduct business with China. Through learning this course, you would be very confident to conduct business with China in authentic, elegant business Chinese. Any students interested in learning Business Chinese can take this course, because its detailed explanation on vocabulary, grammar and text facilitates learning from scratch. However, since business Chinese is understandably more formal and sophisticated in vocabulary than daily Chinese, it is strongly advised that students would take my other two courses, "College Mandarin Chinese on Your Own" beginning and intermediate level to learn the basic Chinese sound, writing and grammar system as necessary preparation for this course. Now start learning business Chinese and tap into the inexhaustible opportunity in the world’s largest market---China!

    After taking this course, you will be able to:

    • Learn the fundamental aspects of Mandarin Chinese used in conducting business - 6 hours worth of content with around 40 lectures
    • Learn the introduction to business Chinese
    • Learn about business reception, including welcoming your business guests, arranging business meals, taking taxis, registering hotels and changing foreign currency
    • Learn about business negotiations, including the negotiation of price, packaging, shipping, minimum orders and signing of contracts
    • Learn how to find business partners, including lectures on looking for suppliers, joint business partners, sales agents, etc.
    • Learn about the Amazon FBA business, including participating in the Hong Kong trade exhibition, and contacting Chinese suppliers listed on Alibaba

    This course is for professionals within the following business functions:

    • If you wish to master the dialogues on the speaking, listening and writing level of Business Chinese
    • Any student interested in business Chinese can take this course, because its detailed explanation of vocabulary, grammar and text and acting videos facilitates learning from scratch. However, since business Chinese is understandably more formal and sophisticated in vocabulary than daily Chinese, it is strongly advised that students should take my other two courses: beginning and intermediate level of "College Mandarin Chinese on Your Own", which provide introduction of Chinese sound and writing system and basic grammar as good preparation for learning this course.
    • Anyone looking to learn a second language!

      1. Chapter 1: Introduction - 5 Minutes

        1. Introduction of the Course
        2. Course introduction text
      2. Chapter 2: Lesson 1 and 2: Business Reception; taxi, hotel and bank - 80 Minutes

        1. Lesson 1: Vocabulary and grammar part 1 Business Reception
        2. Lesson 1: Dialogue 1 part 2 Business Reception
        3. Lesson 1: Vocabulary and grammar PDF
        4. Lesson 1: Text for Business Reception
        5. Lesson 1: Text Business Reception PDF
        6. Lesson 1: Acting Video: Business Reception
        7. Lesson 2: Vocabulary and grammar part 1 taxi, hotel, bank
        8. Lesson 2: Vocabulary and grammar part 2
        9. Lesson 2: Vocabulary and grammar PDF
        10. Lesson 2: Text taxi, hotel, bank
        11. Lesson 2: Text taxi, hotel, bank PDF
        12. Lesson 2: Text acting video taxi, hotel, bank
      3. Chapter 3: lesson 3 , 4: Business Meal; look for business supplier - 70 Minutes

        1. Lesson 3: Vocabulary and grammar Business Meal
        2. Lesson 3: Vocabulary and grammar Business Meal PDF
        3. Lesson 3: Text Business Meal
        4. Lesson 3: Text Business Meal PDF
        5. Lesson 3: Text acting video Business Meal
        6. Lesson 4: Vocabulary and grammar Look for business supplier
        7. Lesson 4: Vocabulary and grammar look for business supplier PDF
        8. Lesson 4: Text look for business supplier
        9. Lesson 4: Text acting video look for business supplier
      4. Chapter 4: lesson 5, 6: Business Negotiation - 80 Minutes

        1. Lesson 5: Vocabulary and grammar Business Negotiation
        2. Lesson 5: Vocabulary and grammar Business Negotiation
        3. Lesson 5: Text Business Negotiation
        4. Lesson 5: Text Business Negotiation PDF
        5. Lesson 5: Text acting video business negotiation
        6. Lesson 6: Vocabulary and grammar part 1 Sign a Contract
        7. Lesson 6: Vocabulary and grammar 1 PDF
        8. Lesson 6: Vocabulary and grammar part 2 Sign a Contract
        9. Lesson 6: Vocabulary and grammar part 2 PDF
        10. Lesson 6: Text Sign a Contract
        11. Lesson 6: Text Sign a Contract PDF
        12. Lesson 6: Text acting video sign a contract
      5. Chapter 5: Lesson 7, 8: Look For Sales Agent; Look For Joint Company - 70 Minutes

        1. Lesson 7: Vocabulary and grammar part 1 Look For Sale Agent
        2. Lesson 7: Vocabulary and grammar part 2 Look For Sale Agent
        3. Lesson 7: Vocabulary and grammar  Look For Sales Agent PDF
        4. Lesson 7: Text Look For Sales Agent
        5. Lesson 7: Text Look For Sales Agent
        6. Lesson 7: Text acting video look for sale agent
        7. Lesson 8: Vocabulary and grammar part 1 Look For Joint Company PDF
        8. Lesson 8: Vocabulary and grammar part 1 Look For Joint Company
        9. Lesson 8: Vocabulary and grammar part 2 Look For Joint Company
        10. Lesson 8: Vocabulary and grammar part 2 Look For Joint Company PDF
        11. Lesson 8: Text Look For Joint Company
        12. Lesson 8: Text Look For Joint Company PDF
        13. Lesson 8: Text acting video Look for joint company
      6. Chapter 6: Lesson 9, 10: - 70 Minutes

        1. Lesson 9: Vocabulay and grammar At the Hong Kong Trade Exhibition
        2. Lesson 9: Vocabulary and grammar At the Hong Kong Trade Exhibition PDF
        3. Lesson 9: Text At the Hong Kong Trade Exhibition
        4. Lesson 9: Text At the Hong Kong Trade Exhition PDF
        5. Lesson 9: Text acting video At the Hong Kong Trade Exhibition
        6. Lesson 10: Vocabulary and grammar part 1 Amazon FBA businessman contact Chinese suppliers
        7. Lesson 10: Vocabulary and grammar part 2 Amazon FBA businessman contact Chinese supplier
        8. Lesson 10: Vocabulary and grammar Amazon FBA businessman contact Chinese suppliers PDF
        9. Lesson 10: Text Amazon FBA businessman contact Chinese suppliers PDF
        10. Lesson 10: Text acting video Amazon FBA businessman contacting Chinese supplier

      About the Expert

      Hong Zeng

      Hong Zeng

      I am an award-winning professor of Chinese. I have taught Mandarin Chinese at all levels in prestigious American colleges altogether for 16 years. I have taught nine years as a tenure-track professor of Chinese at Carleton College, ranked No. 1 in undergraduate teaching in all liberal arts colleges in America, and have directed the Chinese program for two years at Hamline University (the first university in Minnesota). In both my second year coming to Carleton and Hamline, I more than doubled their Beginning Chinese Class enrollment. I have also taught at Swarthmore College, College of William and Mary and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I have two PhDs, one in Chinese and comparative literature from UNC, Chapel Hill, the other in second language education, literary translation and English literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University. I have published five books in America (including two from Macmillan) on Chinese and comparative literature, film study, language study and language philosophy that are well-endorsed by world-renowned experts and book review journals in my field. I have earned 30000 dollars large grant from Asian Network in Chinese study.
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