China is often touted as the next world economic power. Is it worthwhile for a business person to learn how to speak Chinese?
When you start dealing with international business, however, you run into an interesting problem–words. Simple words like “invoice” and “receipt”. English has become the lingua franca for international business. But the words we use in English don’t always directly translate with the ideas and practices in other countries and cultures.
As you venture out into the global marketplace–whether as a seller or a buyer, a host or a guest–try to remember that things aren’t always what they seem, and… that word? “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”