Open for Business

Using Open for Business, intermediate to advanced students will expand their knowledge of Chinese business trends and gain the ability to carry out business presentations and negotiations in Chinese. Volume 1 provides a macroeconomic view of recent changes in Chinese policies and business practices, while Volume 2 focuses on China’s microeconomic issues. The series uses both traditional and simplified characters.

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Volume 1

Volume 2

General Resources

Open For Business Conversations DVD Complete Pinyin Transcript

In this DVD, a series of conversations covers the business topics presented in Open for Business (Volumes 1 & 2); two native speakers use the vocabulary and sentence patterns presented in Open for Business to discuss each business topic as it relates to the current business climate in China.

Open for Business Simplified Transcript Preview

This is a preview of the simplified character transcript for the Open for Business DVD conversations. The preview includes Units 1.1 through 1.4. A complete version, plus transcripts in pinyin and Traditional characters, can be purchased here.

So Your School is Starting a Business Chinese Program?

In this free PDF download, expert educators Jane C.M. Kuo and Wan-wen Kuo share their thoughts on making business Chinese programs as useful and efficient as possible.

Dr. Jane C.M. Kuo is the author of our popular business Chinese textbooks Open for Business and Startup Business Chinese. She has taught all levels of Chinese language, including advanced business Chinese at California State University and Thunderbird. She is professor emerita of Chinese Studies at Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, and holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Arizona State University.

Wan-wen Kuo (no relation) is a Language Lecturer in the department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. She has created an online course in business Chinese survival skills for graduate students at UPenn's Wharton School of Business.