Business Chinese Phrases and Explanations - Part 2
Hills Learning is very happy to introduce you its multi-part series on business Chinese. A piece of advice for those who are still hesitating whether they should start learning one of the world’s most difficult languages: it is always a good idea to start the learning process as early as possible. Try to focus on both spoken and written parts from the very beginning. For the writing system, English-speaking learners need to be a little patient, knowing that after some initial hardship, a break out moment will eventually arrive, and after that, characters may no longer be as daunting as they first seem.
1) 信息化时代 (xin4xhi1hua4 shi2dai4) –information age
Definition: A period beginning in the last quarter of the 20th century when information became easily accessible through publications and through the manipulation of information by computers and computer networks.
Example: 我们正生活在信息化时代 呢。
Meaning: We are living in the age of information.
2) 利润最大化 (li4run4 zui4da4hua4) – profit maximization
Definition: The process by which a firm determines the price and output level that returns the greatest profit.
Meaning: A profit maximization has always been the main aim for this enterprise.
3) 打破平衡 (da3po4 ping2heng2) – to upset the balance
Definition: To break up a state in which opposite forces or influences exist in equal amounts.
Meaning: A new policy of taxation will upset the balance of the political system of the country.
4) 亏损 (kui1sun3) – a deficit, a business loss
Definition: The amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue.
Meaning: In order to avoid the company’s business losses, we must undertake preventive measures.
5) 供应商 (gong1ying4shang1) – a supplier
Definition: Someone whose business is to supply a particular service or commodity.
Meaning: The equipment must be bought from a supplier approved by the company.
6) 日常应用品 (ri4chang2 ying4yong4pin3) – daily necessities
Definition: Something that you must have in order to live properly or do something (water, food, fuel etc.)
Meaning: The government put in effect a welfare system to provide poor people with the daily necessities.