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Since Deng Xiaoping, the former Communist Party Leader, opened China’s doors to the West, the country has undergone a major economic transformation. Now, foreign capital is pouring in, joint ventures are taking off and state run business are struggling to keep up. As more and more foreign companies establish themselves, the international community is growing. In this clip, people say which languages they speak and run through formal introductions in business situations (for partners and colleagues). It also covers how to talk about the work you do.
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4 November 2010

Classroom Ideas

Provides example phrases for students to introduce themselves and recognise different ways of greeting. Play the clip after showing students some basic ways to introduce themselves in Chinese. In a mix-and-match game, write English on one piece of paper and the Chinese translation on another. Students can match the correct meanings to familiarise themselves with the meaning of each sentence.

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