Gateway to Business Chinese Daily Communication
author: Zhang Li,Nie Xuehui
publishing house: PEKING UNIVERSITY PRESS
number of editions: first edition in May 2005
number of print: second print of in January 2006
number of pages: 278 pages
wordage (thousand words): 406 thousand words
format: 889×1194mm 16 format
This book uses simplified Chinese character
with Pin Yin and English annotation in the text
with Pin Yin and English annotation in the new words list
A Description of Business Chinese Readers
Recent developments in China help accelerate her links with foreign countries, especially with the developed countries, by increasing exchange of visits and business. As a happy result a good number of foreigners take great interest in learning Chinese. It is reported that Chinese in taught to 30 million students in more than 100 countries in the world; that over 3.3 million students are taking Chinese courses at various levels in over 12,400 institutions and schools. In the year of 2003 alone the number of foreign participants in HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) reached to 300,000, the greatest number registered ever before. A large number of the learners are believed to be those people who wish to do business with China or work for the companies, which have close contact with their Chinese counterparts. China’s speedy economic progress has opened up a new vista of commercial opportunities that no foreign companies can after to lose. Modern China has been regarded as a “World Factory” where over one hundred thousand foreign enterprises have settled down, and hundreds of thousand foreign entrepreneur businessmen and managers are living and working. They are very much eager to learn Chinese as their tool of daily communication with the native people, and have commercial contact with local dealers. Programmed and supported by China National Office For Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (NOCFL), we, the members of the Compiling Group, have prepared Business Chinese Readers.
For Whom the Course is Intended
Among the industrialists and businessmen who wish to learn Chinese there is nearly no one who is able to take a systematic course at an institution. The great majority of them would like to take a part-time short course, self-taught or person-to-person learns instead, because they do not want to tale Chinese as their major, nor do they wish to become a fluent speaker of Chinese. All they wish to do is to acquire necessary Chinese know ledge and skills that may be needed in their communication with Chinese people without too much difficulty, and thus to enhance their success in business. The present course is prepared for those industrialists and businessmen who have never learned or have just begun learning basic Chinese that is not their mother tongue.
Skills to be Taught
Any economic and commercial transaction between China and a foreign country may be viewed as cross-cultural activities in nature. The removal of language barriers and differents that lie in the understanding of the culture, subtle points and principles expressed by a target language will be greatly beneficial for one’s commercial success. It is advisable, therefore, for foreigners to acquire the following abilities through learning a textbook of business Chinese:
(1) Basic Chinese knowledge and skills that is applicable to one’s commercial activities;
(2) Communicative ability appropriate to Chinese environment----be able to understand the essentials of Chinese economic circumstances and rules for business performance, including trade, investment, cooperation and management of enterprises;
(3) Competence for cross-cultural communication in the context of economic and cooperative interchange ----- a wide range of knowledge of business custom and rules in addition to the background information of Chinese culture.
Therefore it seems appropriate to design the teaching of business Chinese in three-in-one training pattern that combines the language as a carrier with commercial activities and cross-cultural knowledge. Such skills to be used in language communication may be provided at four levels in an ascending order:
(1) Ability to use appropriate expressions on polite social occasion of reception, greeting, introduction, apology and congratulation.
(2) Ability to use appropriate expressions for shopping, traveling, bus riding, telephoning and appointment making.
(3) Ability to use appropriate expressions for commercial activities such as giving a brief account of a company or product, getting or giving a quotation, comment or statement.
(4) Ability to use appropriate expressions in consulting, negotiating, bargaining, writing or revising a plan, discussing a way to cooperate, making a comment on a subject in addition to analyzing and sorting out problems.
The present Business Chinese Readers aim at helping learners to acquire the 4-level ability described above. By completing this course they will have learned Chinese phonetics, basic Chinese grammar, over 200 commonly used sentence patterns, about 1200 words and 500 Chinese characters. Learners may make an overall plan of their own, or decide what stage of the three that they are going to reach.
Chinese characters may be difficult for some learners, but they only function as a supplementary tool in learning this course. Learners will decide for themselves to learn them or not.
Contents Applicable to Teaching
In each text of the book the language items are organized in a conversation on the basis of communicative function against a xommercial Chinese background. Precisely they are ----
(1) Commercial Chinese expressions: Simple sentences are grouped together according to their correlative function. Useful compound sentences would not be introduced until they reach the advance and intensive stage.
(2) A commonly-used basic commercial vocabulary: It is provided alongside with each classroom conversation and its expansion.
(3) Pronunciation: Pinyin is taught as an instrument for phonetics in the process of learning Chinese words and expressions.
(4) Chinese characters: By following well-illustrated explanations learners will be able to recognize commonly-used Chinese characters. They may have a choice in learning or not learning to write them.
(5) English explanation is given to each text, new words, grammar items and phonetics.
(6) Exercises: Phonetic, lexical and conversational exercises are designed for learners to fully comprehend and familiarize themselves with the texts.
(7) Cultural background knowledge: Inserted in between are the brief accounts of Chinese society, culture, customs and commercial background knowledge.
(1) This course provides printed textbooks accompanied by multimedia discs. Teachers and learners may avail themselves of both to get the best expected.
(2) Practice and drills are arranged for each unit classified by various communicative function. In typical and common situations learners are given necessary knowledge and skills for communication.
(3) Learners may go to a class for group tuition or take private lessons under a tutor, or even learn self-taught lessons provided by the course book.
The Organization of the Constituent Volumes
Business Chinese Readers consist of three volumes:
(1) Gateway to Business Chinese (Regular Formulas And Etiquette) is designed for beginners learning necessary Chinese expressions for daily commercial communication and skills for polite social intercourse.
(2) Gateway to Business Chinese (Daily Communication) is prepared for beginners who acquire language skills in day-to-day social dealings.
(3) Advanced Business Chinese (Social Gatherings, Office Work, Day-To-Day Operations) is devised for the training of intermediate learners in language skills for business information exchange.
The ascending three-stage arrangement of the textbooks will meet different needs and each one may stand by itself. Learners have a free choice in taking the course as a whole or just follow one or two parts of it. The third volume does not simply serve as an advanced textbook in terms of difficulty or expansion. What’s important is that they focus on the consolidation proficiency and mastery of the Chinese knowledge acquired through a comprehensive study of the subject. The repetition of the language items is beneficial for learners to memorize and employ them well, and the reoccurrence of the dialogue situations will be good for the repeated use of the expressions and the introduction of new contextual and syntactic formation. By so doing learners will be able to understand and apply what they have learned in a better; wider and more precise manner.
Each of the volumes is accompanied with a CD for multimedia use.
第1课 喂 Hello
第2课 上哪儿 Where To
第3课 怎么走 How Can I Get There
第4课 这个怎么说 What’s the Chinese for It
第5课 几点了 What Time Is It
第6课 便宜点儿 Can You Make It a Bit Cheaper
第7课 请慢用 Have a Good Meal
第8课 我要存钱 I Want to Deposit My Money
第9课 我想租房 I Want to Rent a Room
第10课 有点儿脏 It’s a Bit Dirty
第11课 剪短点儿 Please Cut It Shorter
第12课 你哪儿不舒服 What Is Worrying You
第13课 签证到期了 Your Visa Has Expired
第14课 样品寄出去了 The Sample Products Have Been Sent Out
第15课 帮帮忙吗 Will You Give Me a Hand, please
第16课 该换新的了 It Should Be Replaced with a New One
第17课 约好了吗 Have You Got an Appointment
第18课 你过来一下 Come over Please
第19课 订两张到广州的机票 Can I Book Two Tickets for Guangzhou
第20课 我就喜欢运动 I Do Like Sports
词语索引 Word Index
练习参考答案 Key to the Exercises
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