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22 March 2017

Speaking business Mandarin is something else entirely

Cat Hai Chiem discovered in his work at Eurail.com that business Chinese differs greatly from everyday Chinese. That was one of the reasons he decided to take a language course at Regina Coeli.

22 March 2017

Presenting gifts, the do's and don'ts of Chinese culture

When the British transport minister presented a watch to the mayor of Taipei, her act was described by BBC as a “cultural gaffe”. So why is a “watch” not a good gift in Chinese eyes? And what are the right and wrong choices for gifts to Chinese business associates and friends? The answer lies in the Chinese language.

27 February 2017

How do you tackle learning Chinese?

Learning Chinese requires a different approach than learning a Western language. That has to do with the fact that Chinese is a tonal language. We asked Lori Tseng-Crevecoeur, one of our Chinese language trainers at Language Institute Regina Coeli, what the best way to learn Mandarin is. Lori has extensive experience in Western business, has given Chinese lessons for years and has authored a wide range of training materials specially designed for Westerners who want to learn the language.


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