Hi SMS -sundaymorningstaple wrote:Or better yet, learn American English ( ) as that is the English that the PRC's are learning in droves.... Especially considering that Mandarin is only spoken in select areas of PRC.
sundaymorningstaple wrote:Especially considering that Mandarin is only spoken in select areas of PRC.
Probably more Chinese in China learning English than there are Americans in the US learning English.sundaymorningstaple wrote:Or better yet, learn American English ( ) as that is the English that the PRC's are learning in droves. Anyone going into international business are taking American English courses left and right!
If you've got competent and trustworthy bilingual staff, it is not necessary to personally know Mandarin. In fact, trying to use poor Mandarin could hinder business. However, knowing Mandarin does make dealing with the rest of everyday life in China much easier.sundaymorningstaple wrote:So, depending where you want to do business in China, it may well be possible to do it with only a smattering of Mandarin.
It's just like India. They don't all speak Tamil nor Hindi nor Malayalam. I think you understand what I mean regarding dialect depending on where you are trying to do business. Course if you want to say Putonghua is the national language, fine. From what I've understood, Putonghua was based on the Beijing dialect. For years here, Mandarin wasn't the 'major' chinese language either as most were Hakka, or spoke Cantonese & Hoikken. Not counting all the other dialects. Lots of the elderly here still don't speak Mandarin. As I've never worked in PRC. I'll defer to your all-encompassing knowledge, and take that as the gospel over all the Chinese that I know here who are either working in China as well or have business/investments up there. In either case, my knowledge is not first hand.......maneo wrote: Just what are these "select areas of PRC" that you're referring to?
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