Speaking In Tongues

Speaking in Tongues“What language do you think in – English or Chinese?” Curious Australian friends would sometimes ask me when they know that I can speak Chinese but write in English.

“It depends…” I hesitated. It is a question that does require me to stop and think.

“On what?”  they would prompt, their curiosity insatiable.

“Well it depends on what I am thinking about.” Continue reading “Speaking In Tongues”

Learning a new language

Biang biang noodles

Learning a new language is very exciting. The most thrilling moment for me when I was studying Italian was when I discovered that through the language I could get some insights into the psyche of the Italian people. This is because language forms the most significant part of a people’s culture. When we learn a people’s language, we usually also get acquainted with their culture. Language is the bridge to a people’s psyche and their way of life.  Being able to cross that bridge is in fact the basis for effective cross-cultural communication. Continue reading “Learning a new language”

Learning Chinese: A Success Strategy for Asia

Chopsticks countries
Chopsticks countries

When targeting Asia for our business, the first problem that comes to mind is communicating with its people. Although some Chinese speak English very well, a lot of them do not. When it comes to the things that are critical to the success of our business such as selling, buying, negotiating or simply just to break the ice, we Australians are often lost. Why? Because we cannot speak their language. Continue reading “Learning Chinese: A Success Strategy for Asia”