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25 Essential Chinese Vocabulary You Need for Business

Mandarin, as the most spoken Chinese language, is the second large language in the world. Many foreigners want to learn it out of business, work, interest and other reasons. Today, I will teach you 25 commonest business Chinese vocabulary.

Part 1. Going to Work
1. 工作 (gōng zuò) – Work

gōng zuò in Mandarin Chinese can be used as a noun and a verb. For example:

我在工作。wǒ zài gōng zuò – means I am working.

In this sentence, gōng zuò is a verb.

我的工作是市场推广。wǒ de gōng zuò shì shì chǎng tuī guǎng。

My job is marketing promoter.

In this sentence, gōng zuò is a noun.

2. 上班 (shàng bān) – Start work

This character can only be used as a verb. For example:

你在哪里上班?nǐ zài nǎ lǐ shàng bān?

Where are you working?

3. 下班 (xià bān) – Finish work

This character can only be used as a verb too. For example:

你什么时候下班?nǐ shén me shí hòu xià bān?

When are you off duty?

4. 加班 (jiā bān) – Work overtime

A verb character. It means working overtime.

你经常加班吗?nǐ jīng cháng jiā bān ma?

Do you usually work overtime?

5. 办公室 (bàn gōng shì) – Office

6. 工厂 (gōng chǎng) – Factory

7. 出差 (chū chāi) – Business trip

A verb character. For example:

你这次出差多久?nǐ zhè cì chū chà duō jiǔ?

How long will your business trip last?

Part 2. People at Work
8. 老板 (lǎo bǎn) – Boss

9. 总经理 (zǒng jīng lǐ) – CEO

10. 员工 (yuán gōng) – Employee

11. 客户 (kè hù) – Client

12. 电脑 (diàn nǎo) – Computer

13. 电邮 (diàn yóu) – Email

14. 名片 (míng piàn) – Business card

15. 文件 (wén jiàn) – Document

16. 打印机 (dǎ yìn jī) – Printer

17. 复印机 (fù yìn jī) – Photocopier

18. 会议 (huì yì) – Meeting

19. 谈生意 (tán shēng yì) – Discuss business

20. 成交交易 (chéng jiāo jiāo yì) – Make a deal

21. 处理问题 (chǔ lǐ wèn tí) – Manage problems

22. 会计 (kuài jì) – Accounting

23. 人事处 (rén shì chù) – Human Resources

24. 信息管理 (xìn xī guǎn lǐ) – Information Technology

25. 营销 (yíng xiāo) – Marketing

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