Survival Business Mandarin – in just 4 hours!

Next Course: 14th Sep, 9.30am - 1.30pm or 4-8pm| London Bridge | £135

  • Doing business with Chinese people?
  • Perhaps you visit China for work and want to pick up some basic Chinese quickly to build stronger relationships?
  • Or perhaps you work with Chinese clients and colleagues in the UK and want to show your hospitality and develop stronger business ties?
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In just 4 hours, you’ll learn 70 Chinese Mandarin words in 5 most commonly used occasions immediately useful for daily and business conversations with the Chinese people.

The course is carefully developed to focus on the most useful Chinese Mandarin words sufficient for basic introduction, work, social and travel for busy business professionals.

After the course, you should be able to understand:

  • Pin Yin – your most useful shortcut to speaking Chinese. You’ll quickly learn how to pronounce people’s names properly in Mandarin, plus place names, as well as road/shop signs.
  • Daily Basics – essential ‘meet and greet exchanges’ for addressing others correctly, including saying thank you, please, sorry, yes, no, time, dates and making yourself understood in Mandarin.
  • Social - express yourself clearly in restaurants or bars. Engage in simple ‘small-talk’. Know how to order drinks, say cheers, ask for the bill etc. plus essential culture-tips on do's and don'ts.
  • Business – Introduce yourself and your company correctly, as well as understanding common keywords in meetings, currencies and numbers, all in Mandarin
  • Travel – find your way around airports, train stations, buy tickets, ask for directions etc
  • Chinese Characters - recognise the most common Chinese characters such as entrance, exit, toilet

Looking for something longer? Check out our Survival Business Mandarin with Extra Confidence course!

Want one to one or in-company group training? - just contact us to arrange!

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Who is it for?

  • This course is suitable for complete beginners or as an effective refresher.
  • This course works as an effective standalone 'foundation' course while giving you flexibility to trial and continue with longer courses such as Survival Mandarin with Extra Confidence.
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  • Open Course (no more than 6) - £135 per person
  • 1 to 1 private lessons - £220 per person
  • Online (join live via Skype): £100 per person
  • More than 2 people? - please contact us for group discounts!
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Have questions and want support after the lesson?

If you don't, we’ll be worried!

  • This course includes 45 minutes of 1 to 1 Q&A time after the lesson - This gives you opportunity to digest and ask your tutor any questions you may have (via Skype)
  • Recommended reading and Apps for continual learning
  • Audio lesson of all the words you learn is available for you to purchase after the lesson

Chinese audio online lesson available for this course

Your Trainer Grace Zhao

After graduating from the University of Auckland, Grace spent several years working in marketing with an emphasis on ‘doing business with the Chinese.’ Originally from Guangzhou, Grace’s family emigrated to New Zealand when she was a teenager. She is tri-lingual in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

Grace is the Managing Director of China Unbound, and runs some of the Chinese language and Chinese cultural competence training for businesses and professionals. As such she is able to bring her business experience to her language training and re-create real-life scenarios in the classroom to prepare clients to better work in an international environment.

Her students range from SMEs to large corporates including Grant Thornton, Emerging Communications, SB Wealth Management, The Association of Corporate Treasurers and many more.

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What Clients say about China Unbound:

“Lots of good practice! Very easy to understand.”
Sheldon Cordell
Joelson Law
“Very useful content and very knowledgeable trainers. The relationship module was especially useful for negotiation.”
Stacey Body
SB Wealth Management
“Excellent lesson planning, informal and insightful.”
Sarah Inzani
Managing Director
Totally UK Magazine
“Very worthwhile - I now feel far better equipped to do business with the Chinese people...!”
Association of Corporate Treasurers
“Very practical. I learnt in a much more efficient manner than I did when I learned Chinese at one of London’s universities many years ago!”
Andrew Orchard
Canary Wharf
“I needed to learn mandarin quickly for my job as a news reporter and after only 3 months of weekly learning, I now feel confident in communicating in basic mandarin.”
Crystal Chung