Monthly Archives: October 2012

Knowing the Culture Helps Your Successful Business in China: Dress Code

Appearance is very important in Chinese business circles. Success-ful people are expected to look successful. The brands of your handbags, clothes, watches can symbolize your social status. Dress code has changed during the last few decades. In the 1980s and … Continue reading

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Knowing the Culture Helps Your Successful Business in China: Don’t Finish the Food in Your Bowl Completely!

If you are ever invited by your Chinese host to dine with him, it is important to remember that eating the last item on your plate is not a good idea. Whereas a completely finished plate means polite manners and … Continue reading

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BCLC’s Pronunciation Technique from Ms. Yen Nguyen

The Vietnamese language has been labeled as “difficult” by adult learners who are native speakers of English. Part of the challenge comes from the vowel and tone systems. Vietnamese has 11 basic vowels (a, ă, â, e, ê, i, o, … Continue reading

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Learn Chinese in Phrases

For foreign language learners, learning phrases that contain new vocabulary is very useful. The method will help you remember the words better in grammatical structure. More importantly, it will help you communicate effectively by establishing the correct context of your … Continue reading

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Don’t Put Emphasis on Grammar Rules!

The complexity of Chinese vocabulary is partially offset by the simplicity of grammar rules. In Mandarin Chinese, we emphasize meaning much more than grammar. You can absorb Mandarin Chinese much easier, like a child, by repeating (listening/speaking) the phrases and … Continue reading

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