Chinese Vocabulary for Meetings

Posted by Lilian Li on 28/08/2016 7:21 PM 906

Chinese vocabulary for meeting

Do you frequently having meetings with Chinese clients, supervisors or suppliers? Would you like to use business Mandarin professionally and properly? To help you get started, we've put together business Chinese vocabulary list especially for meetings.

Let’s start with the basics:

议程 yì chéng agenda决议 jué yì decision
出席者 chū xí zhě attendee条款 tiáo kuǎn item
缺席者 quē xí zhě absentee      提议 tí yì proposal
视频会议 shìpín huìyì video conference任务 rèn wù task
投票 tóu piào vote总结 zǒng jié summary

Apart from these basic concepts, we need to talk about the specifics content during a meeting. I put the words and examples into five categories related to different topics:

Part 1: Schedule

1. Work 工作 (gōng zuò)
我最近找到了新的工作。(wǒ zuì jìn zhǎo dào le xīn de gōng zuò。)
I just got a new job (work).

2. Start work 上班 (shàng bān)
我每天九点上班。(Wǒ měi tiān jiǔ diǎn shàng bān。)
I start work every day at 9 a.m.

3. Finish work 下班 (xià bān)
我通常五点下班。(Wǒ tōng cháng wǔ diǎn xià bān。)
Usually I get off at 5 PM.

4. Work overtime 加班 (jiā bān)
公司忙的时候,我必须加班。(Gōng sī máng de shí hou,wǒ bì xū jiā bān。)
During the busy season, I need to work overtime.

5. Business trip 出差 (chū chāi)
年底的时候,我会到北京出差。 (Nián dǐ de shí hou,wǒ huì dào Běijīng chū chāi。)
At the end of the year, I will go on a business trip to Beijing.

Part 2: working places

6. Office办公室 (bàn gōng shì)
我们的办公室在市中心。(Wǒ men de bàn gōng shì zài shì zhōng xīn。)
Our office is in the city center.

7. Factory工厂 (gōng chǎng)
我们有几家工厂在深圳。(Wǒ men yǒu jī jiā gōng chǎng zài Shēnzhèn。)
We have several factories in Shenzhen.

Part 3. People at Work

8. Boss老板 (lǎo bǎn)
黄先生是我们的老板。(Huáng xiān shēng shì wǒ men de lǎo bǎn。)
Mr. Huang is our boss.

9. Manager经理 (jīng lǐ)
王经理有很多年的工作经验。(Wáng jīng lǐ yǒu hěn duō nián de gōng zuò jīng yàn。)
Manager Wang has many years of work experience.

10. Employee员工 (yuán gōng)
我们公司有四百多个员工。(Wǒ mén gōng sī yǒu sì bǎi duō ge yuán gōng。)
Our company has over 400 employees.

11. Client客户 (kè hù)
我们的客户都是外国人。(Wǒ mén de kè hù doū shì wài guó rén。)
Our clients are all foreigners.

Part 4. Documents

邮件 (yóu jiàn) – Email
我每天都会收到很多邮件。(Wǒ měi tiān doū huì shōu dào hěn duō yóu jiàn。)
Every day, I receive many emails.

13. 名片 (míng piàn) – Business card
我们交换名片吧。(Wǒ men jiāo huàn míng piàn bā。)
Let’s exchange business cards.

14. 文件 (wén jiàn) – Document
你收到我寄给你的文件了吗?(Nǐ shōu dào wǒ jì gěi nǐ de wén jiàn le ma?)
Did you get the document I sent you?

Part 5. Doing Business

谈生意 (tán shēng yì) – Discuss business
我们在餐厅里谈生意。(Wǒ men zài cān tīng lǐ tán shēng yì。)
We discussed business in a restaurant.

16. 成交 (chéng jiāo) – Make a deal
我们终于成交了。(Wǒ men zhōng yú chéng jiāo le。)
We finally closed the business deal.

17. 处理问题 (chǔ lǐ wèn tí) – Solve problems
我必须跟我的同事们处理一些问题。(Wǒ bì xū gēn wǒ de tóng shì men chǔ lǐ yī xiē wèn tí。)
My coworkers and I need to solve some problems.

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Lilian Li

Lilian has a master’s degree in linguistics and didactics from Rennes University in France. An expert in linguistics and educational psychology, she has taught Chinese as a foreign language for several years, primarily in France. Her classes follow a logical and thorough path to ensure students build a methodology of learning that will continue to help them improve their language ability. She likes jogging, swimming, partying, and hang out with friends! Learn Chinese online with Lilian Li >>

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