by Renaud Anjoran in 'Quality Inspection Blog'
I know a few buyers who have learned a few words of Chinese. If they come often enough, they can pick up new words every time.
Here are 38 simple words and expressions that are often used, and that can help you get understood when you stay in a factory without any translater or salesperson.
I gathered them by theme (QC, factory…). Left column is English, middle column is spoken mandarin, and right column is written Chinese.
|Quality control||Zhiliang konzhi||质量控制|
|Quality level/standard||Zhiliang shuiping||质量水平/标准|
|Final quality control||Zui hou zhiliang kongzhi||最终质量控制|
|Production takes place…||Sheng chan zai … jinxing||生产在……进行|
|Main factory||Zong chang||总厂|
|Branch factory||Fen chang||分厂|
|Canteen||Shitang / yuangong shitang||食堂/员工食堂|
|Department (inside a company)||Bumen||部门|
|Packing department||Zhuangxian bumen||装箱部门|
|Technical department||Jishu bumen||技术部门|
|Planning department||Jihua bumen||计划部门|
|HR department||Renli ziyuan bumen||人力资源部门|
|Showroom||Zhanshi qu / Chanpin zhanshi qu||展示区/产品展示区|
Cartons and products:
|Packing the cartons||Baozhuang xiangzi = zhuangxian||包装箱子=装箱|
|Inner packing (polybag)||Baozhuang||内包装|
|Outer packing (carton)||Zhuangxian||外包装|
|Finished product||Chengpin / huopin||成品|
|Semi-finished product||Ban chengpin||半成品|
|Already packed products||Yi zhuangxian huopin||已装箱货品|
|Accessories (not main material)||Fuliao||辅料|
Procedure and organization:
|To follow the procedure||Anzhao liucheng||按照流程|
|To follow the procedure when working||Anzhao liucheng gongzuo||按照流程工作|
|General organization||Zongti anpai||总体安排|
|Plan (my plan is to do…)||Jihua||计划|
|To plan (I plan to do…)||Dasuan||打算|
|Work plan||Gongzuo jihua||工作计划|
Naturally, when a strong proportion of workers is from the same area, they will tend to speak their local dialect. But many of them should be able to speak in mandarin.