Business Chinese (Entry-Level)

Essential Business Chinese

Our standard Business Chinese course starts with an introduction to the Chinese language and broaden into a learning program designed specifically for Australian businesses. The course is delivered with high level of interaction and practice during classes.

Learn about Chinese culture, business etiquette and the rules for maintaining business and social relationships supported by your increasing skills in Chinese. An introduction to Confucianism and Chinese value systems, geography and history will also prepare you for social interaction.

This course includes two special sessions dedicated to crucial topics in the Chinese cultural values that inform business relationships.

About the content

Business Chinese incorporates the first course in our Foundation series as well as presentations on cultural components of conducting business in China.

Language content:

  • Basic structure of Chinese grammar
  • Up to 70 words of basic vocabulary
  • Essential speaking and pronunciation skills
  • Writing and reading skills using Pinyin as well as an introduction to learning hanzi – written Chinese characters
  • How to participate in everyday conversational topics and situations
  • Language essentials:
    Greetings – exchanging greetings and asking about nationalities
    Family – Looking at family photos and asking about someone’s family
    The verbs 姓 (xìng), 叫 (jiào), 是 (shì) and 有 (yǒu)
    The adverbs 不 (bù), 也 (yě), 都 (dōu)
    The particles 的 (de)
    Use of 二 (èr)/两 (liǎng)
    Questions ending with 吗 (ma) or 呢 (ne)
    Question pronouns
    Measure words

Cultural content:

  • Chinese Culture & Business Etiquette
  • Cultural Differences & Sensitivities
  • Appropriate Behaviour
  • Confucianism core value
  • Geography, Ethnicities, Religion, Government

Course Delivery

Upcoming course dates

Wednesday 4 October 2017 - Wednesday 6 December 2017

6.30pm – 8.30pm (10 sessions)


University of Sydney Camperdown Campus


$325 (including GST)

Prescribed student texts


Available from

The Co-op Bookshop
(Discounts available when you join as a member)

The Language Book Centre

(10% discount available when you present a current enrollment confirmation)

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This course is offered in partnership with the University of Sydney’s Centre for Continuing Education (CCE). Registration is managed by the CCE on behalf of the Confucius Institute.