You should be able to introduce yourself at a conference after the first class but it will take 160+ hours to be able to start using it more confidently in meetings and on the phone. Reading/writing the language is something else to factor in, but there is an alternative alphabet called Pinyin – based on our more familiar western alphabet – if you don’t have the time. Remember those hours are guided contact hours – which may be in the car, on the running machine or even visiting the country. The more you can practise with native speaking colleagues outside your classes, the quicker you’ll progress.
If you need a professional Chinese course, where you can immediately use what you learn in class, where you’ll enjoy what you’re learning and where you’ll make progress far quicker than you ever thought possible, look no further.
Our corporate Chinese lessons focus on the relevant, practical and commercial elements of Chinese. You can study at our centre, in your office and of course via Zoom or Teams.
Why you need Chinese Business Language Training with Dialogue
- We make your course relevant, pain-free and fun! All of our students say it’s a far cry from the Chinese lessons they had at school and that they can ‘see the point’ of it all.
- Our courses are based around realistic expectations: you can see your starting point, your objectives and the timeframe.
- With Dialogue you’re in good hands. We have over 25 years’ experience providing professional Chinese courses to individuals and groups from start-ups to multinationals.
- It’s all about you: you decide the content, the venue, the frequency and the times of the course.
You’ll know your current level and your target through the easy to digest ‘can-do’ definitions set out by the CEFR – not through obscure grammatical concepts.
- It’s great CPD! Our clients have told us that as well as providing key business skills to their employees, they have witnessed, on a corporate level, much improved relationships and team-building skills following their group Chinese training.
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Setting up a Chinese Language Course
If you are going to spend time away from your desk, you need to know that time spent learning Chinese will be productive. At Dialogue we are very aware that there needs to be a return on investment for the student, the sponsor and the company.
Before anyone sits down in a classroom, we focus on three key points:
- What is your starting level in Chinese, according the CEFR can-do definitions?
- What outcomes do you need to achieve? (grammar, business skills, generalist skills, speaking/writing etc)
- What timeframe/budget do you have?
You then receive a programme based around those 3 criteria. You can be sure that the skills you are acquiring in and outside the classroom are directly relevant to your needs. Regular feedback for you and, if required, your sponsor, will ensure that things are moving along as they should.
Whilst this sounds very formal, we also realise that enjoying your Chinese course is fundamental to its success. Stephen Krashen, the world’s leading light in linguistics and second languages says that motivation, self-confidence and feeling relaxed play essential roles in foreign language acquisition. Maybe a world away from your schooldays but exactly what we’re about at Dialogue!
Professional Chinese Courses
Dialogue uses the best training media available – whether that’s the latest business courses, books or supporting digital media.
We also develop our own tailor-made worksheets designed specifically for you and your industry.
Our trainers are experienced, qualified teachers who have a background in business – you can trust them to deliver exactly what you need for your Chinese business language course.
Our courses are practical and active. Most of our students start off their courses afraid to open their mouths for fear of making a mistake. You’ll soon develop a ‘have-a–go’ attitude alongside increased self-confidence – a major asset when learning to speak business Chinese.
Corporate Chinese Language Training Process
Could I just mention a quality that we especially value: your sense of fun. The training you provide is always professional, but not at the expense of enjoyment.
For my part, I did not cherish the idea of returning to the classroom after a break of over 30 years, but you have shown me that our German lessons can be fun, relevant to my needs an above all effective.
I’ve been learning German for a little over a year and feel that I have developed a good foundation upon which I can continue to build my language skills. The Tutors Dialogue sourced for me have been extremely helpful, patient and wonderful to work with. I am learning a great deal about the German language as well as German culture.
Thanks to the flexibility, understanding and patience of Dialogue I was able to pick up where I stopped 15 years ago in preparation for my relocation to France. The mix of 1-1 training and semi intensive in the UK in addition to an intensive in France ensured that my transition to Parisian living has been considerably easier than I ever imagined.
Dialogue is simply marvellous – couldn’t ask for a better provider in all aspects.
Business Chinese FAQs
Don’t underestimate the impact of being able to utter even simple phrases to a client or colleague in their own language. It will earn you respect, improve relations and will almost certainly help win you new business.
Mandarin and Cantonese are two very different Chinese dialects – as dissimilar as French is from Spanish. Mandarin is more widespread and generally easier to learn. It’s the official language across mainland China, Taiwan and in Singapore, whereas Cantonese is heard more in Hong Kong and Macau.
Simplified Chinese: used across mainland China, Singapore, Malaysia and for international organisations. A simpler form of the much older Traditional Chinese writing system.
Traditional Chinese: used in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.
Pinyin: Chinese transliterated into the Roman alphabet, helpful for people who are learning to speak Chinese.