Expats in China held back by language barriers and TutorMing seeks to provide a way out

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — TutorMing has become a member of The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham Shanghai), in the hope of providing a professional Mandarin learning platform to every member of this organization.

TutorMing’s findings show that expats with basic Mandarin language proficiency are more content with their personal lives inChina. This finding aligns with a survey done previously, listing “language and cultural barriers” as the top three reasons for expats leaving China.

“Chinese business culture is unique,” said Huan Chou, Business Development Director of TutorMing. “Negotiations and relationships are forged upon extensive trust, particularly in China, and it could be very difficult to build for expats if they don’t speak Mandarin.”

Sherry Chen, Alibaba’s HR Director also talked about their experience. “We hire foreign employees and train them to think in Chinese ways. It is their responsibility to engage with their team inChina,” as she explained. “In Alibaba, our foreign employees need to stay in our headquarters to experience the Chinese culture, the Chinese thinking, and more importantly, find a way to excel here. Adapting to the Chinese society and culture is crucial,” she said.