The majority of the adult Mandarin learners in Singapore do it for career advancement, as a result, there are a good amount of business Chinese courses in Singapore. Whether you’re still taking your time to pick the right language school for you or you’ve already started taking business Chinese, a comprehensive list of business Chinese vocabularies can always come in handy! Take a look at the list we have here and let us know if you think we missed anything essential!
请(qǐng) 报(bào) 价(jià)
Literal translation: Please report quotation
Translation: Please give (me) a quotation.
If you’ve already started learning Chinese, the chance is you’re fairly familiar with 请, it is frequently used in both general Chinese and business Chinese, especially when the speaker is asking someone to do something, the sentence would typically starts with 请.
报价 is the act of giving or publishing quotation. Together, 请报价 is the word you use when you’d like to know the pricing of the products or services you’re inquiring about.
There are a couple words for business in Chinese, but in business conversation, the most commonly used word for business is 业务, suitable for the following usage:
We don’t have a business relationship with his company.
We don’t have business activity in America.
Our business is mainly about import and export. (Import and export is what our company does.)
Translation: International, internationally
Our company is an international company.
Our product is internationally famous.
Our product comes in three sizes.
This is our product manager.
供(gōng) 应(yìng) 商(shāng)
We’re looking for fabric supplier.
Note that the usage of “quality” in Chinese is never meant to imply “high quality”, for example, instead of “quality product”, in Chinese, it’s always “high quality product”.
The product quality is not good enough.
Best quality product.
Translation: As soon as possible
A word appropriate for asking for prompt response (just don’t forget 请！) as well as using it for your end.
Please respond as soon as possible.
I’ll process this as soon as possible.
A verb AND a noun!
I’d like to order your products.
We’ve received your order.
Translation: Service, to provide service
We provide dry cleaning service.
Great service at the four season hotel.
It’s my pleasure to provide service to you.
I saw your advertisement on apple daily.
This is a joint project.
I’m the project manager.
What is your budget?
There is not enough budget for this project.
For “tax-exclusive”, simply add 不 in front of it. (See the second sentence)
Is this price tax-inclusive?
This quotation is not tax inclusive.
In Chinese, the “to” in “agree to” is not translated, as a result, “We agree” and “We agree to” would be the very same in Chinese, the only way to tell the difference is to look at the context.
We agree to supply fabrics.
A frequently used word after a project or job is complete to express that you’re keen to work together again (Hope to get to work together again! – See the second sentence.)
Thank you for the opportunity to work together.
I hope we get the opportunity to work together next time.
Translation: Believe, confident in; being confident of
In English, there are often phrases like “We are confident that we will meet your requirements.” Or “We believe we will be a good fit for the project.”, in both cases, the “confident that…” and “believe” usually share the same Chinese equivalent – 确信。
We believe our products are the best in the market.
随(suí) 信(xìn) 附(fù) 上(shàng)
Translation: Attached in the mail
For any other file that comes with the actual mail or email, there’s always a reminder somewhere in the body of the mail(email) that acknowledges the existence of a file within the mail. Simply add the file after 随信附上. (随信附上+ file name/description)
A quotation is attached in this mail.
合(hé) 同(tong) 书(shū)
A contract is attached in this mail.
Translation: To contact
In Chinese, “contact someone” is structured as “与 someone 联系”, for example:
Please contact him as soon as possible.
My contact information are as following:
That’s a wrap for the day! If you’re currently seeking business Chinese course in Singapore, check our business Chinese program While there are many options to learn Mandarin in Singapore, make sure you fully evaluate different language schools and the training program to find the ones that is the most suitable for your needs and for a happy and successful learning experience!