Chinese Word of the Day – 风险管理

1)                  风险管理 (feng1xian3 guan3li3) – risk management

Definition: The forecasting and evaluation of financial risks together with the identification of procedures to avoid or minimize their impact.

Example: 这个国家政府应该实施比较谨慎的风险管理。

Meaning: The government of this country should carry out very cautious risk management.

Chinese Word of the Day – 采取措施 – to take measures

Welcome to our series on Chinese word of the day. This week we’re focusing on Chinese business terms, for the more advanced students in New York City that are interested in learning Chinese.

Here’s the Chinese word of the day:

Definition: To make preparations; to provide means.

Example:  政府采取措施稳定物价。

Meaning: The government took measures to stabilize prices.

Chinese Word of the Day – 基础设施 – Infrastructure

基础设施 (ji1chu3 she4shi1) – infrastructure

Definition:  The basic systems and services, such as transportation and power supplies, that a country or organization uses in order to work effectively

Example: 我市积极推进基础设施建设计划。

Meaning: Our city actively pressed ahead with infrastructure development plan.

Chinese Learning in New York – Look for Trial Lessons

This article is written by a staffer at Hills Learning, please check out Chinese Classes NYC for further info on options available for learning Chinese.

There are a variety of language schools in New York City to learn Chinese with, from universities that have 4 class a week packages including drills and courses, to Chinese language institutes that offer Chinese and cultural classes. Each institution has its own strengths and weaknesses, and some would say are more fitted to certain types of language learners of Chinese.

Language institutes and “Chinese only” institutions are focused on more serious Chinese language learners. Most curriculums have been approved by the Chinese government, and are designed to be a more stringent language learning experience. This kind of instruction is good for self starters and studiers that just need courses to reinforce their language learning, and also can keep up in more rigor learning environments. Colleges also tend to have fast paced classes.

Other institutions offer group classes and private lessons. They understand that different language learners have different backgrounds and abilities, and will need to adjust their curriculums and teaching styles accordingly. The drawback to these solutions is private lessons tend to be more pricey, as classes will have to be tailored to fit specific student needs and interests.

Whichever institution the Chinese language learner chooses, always ask if there’s the possibility of a trial lesson. Hills Learning offers periodically low priced trial lessons to learn chinese in new york. Other institutes as well usually offer “demo lessons” or free trial lessons to try your teacher. This will usually give an insight into the institution, but more importantly the atmosphere of learning that the student is about to enter.

With interest in Chinese growing rapidly, there is sure to be multiple new options for Chinese learning in the coming years in New York City. Existing schools will have to become more creative with their offerings to attract students and be the most important language learning option. Please keep your eyes peeled, and good luck with choosing the right institute for you!

Learn Chinese in New York – Chinese New Year Language Night

One of the best ways to practice Chinese language skills is to go out and use them in your everyday life. To celebrate Chinese New Year, on the 15th day of the Lunar Calendar or February 17th, Hills Learning will be hosting a Chinese language night in New York City at a local Chinese restaurant.

This is the perfect opportunity to Learn Chinese in New York while enjoying some traditional cuisine served in China during the new year.

Please visit the Hills Learning website for more information on this event, and stay tuned for more events and opportunities to learn Chinese in New York City.

Chinese Language New Year Celebration
  • Organizer: Hills Learning
  • Date: Thursday, February 17th 2011
  • Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Venue: S Dynasty New York
  • Description: Come celebrate the Lantern Festival, a part of the Chinese New Year, with Hills Learning. The $25 covers a four course Chinese meal (including appetizer, soup, entree and dessert). Drinks are paid for separately.
    Throughout the night students will get to interact with Hills Learning’s Chinese teachers and fellow students and participants, and also be engaged in Chinese language activities. Groups will be split into Beginner and Advanced students. Native speakers of Chinese are also welcome.