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商务介绍礼仪 Business Etiquette–Business Card Exchanges and Introduction (Beginner)

Jan. 30, 2016

商务介绍礼仪 (Shāngwù jièshào lǐyíBusiness Etiquette–Business Card Exchanges and Introduction

Key Learning Points (Preview):

介绍 (jièshào): v/n. to introduce/introduction

年龄 (niánlíng): n. age

名片 (míngpiàn): n. business card

In China, the first "介绍 (jièshào) introduction" is crucial in business relationships. It is a stepping stone for successful business cooperation. There are two main principles about the "顺序 (shùnxù) order" you must follow. One is related to gender. That is, in China, we usually introduce the men to the ladies before introducing the ladies to the men in order to show "尊敬 (zūnjìng) respect" towards the ladies. The other principle is related to "年龄 (niánlíng) age" and seniority. We usually introduce the lower positioned people to the higher positioned first in order to show respect towards the latter. When exchanging your  "名片 (míngpiàn) business card," you should pass your business card with both hands toward the receiving side. You should also take the other’s business card with both hands.

Key Learning Points:

介绍 (jièshào): v/n. to introduce/introduction

"介 (jiè)" literally means between,and "绍 (shào)" literally means to connect. But in the word "介绍 (jièshào),"  the two characters both mean to introduce.


    Qǐng yǔnxǔ wǒ xiàng nín jièshào wǒmen de dǒngshìzhǎng–Chén xiānsheng.
A: 请      允许   我   向     您    介绍      我们    的       董事长  —  陈        先生。
    Please allow me to introduce our chairman to you–Mr. Chen.

    Nínhǎo, Chén xiānsheng, hěn róngxìng jiàndào nín!
B: 您好,     陈      先生,      很     荣幸    见到     您!
     Hello, Mr. Chen, it's an honor to meet you. 

Learn some useful ways for making self-introduction in Chinese

年龄 (niánlíng): n. age

"年 (nián)" literally means year and "龄 (líng)" means age. There are some well-known quotations from The Analects of Confucius regarding "年龄 (niánlíng) age." "三十而立 (sānshí érlì)" means "At thirty, a man should have planted his feet firm upon the ground." "四十不惑 (sìshí bú huò)" means "At forty, a man should no longer suffer from perplexities," etc.


Nín de niánlíng bǐ wǒ dà.
您   的   年龄    比 我 大。
You are older than I.

Learn how to ask someone’s age in Chinese in a polite manner

名片 (míngpiàn): n. business card

"名 (míng)" literally means name and "片 (piàn)" represents the meaning of "卡片 (kǎpiàn) card."


Míngpiàn shàng yìn zhe wǒ de qǐyè dìzhǐ hé diànhuà hàomǎ.
名片           上      印  着   我  的 企业  地址 和    电话   号码。
My business address and phone number are printed on the business card. 

生词(shēngcí) Vocabulary:

顺序 (shùnxù): n. order

尊敬 (zūnjìng): n/v. respect

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