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Useful Chinese translations for buyers going to factories

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 controlZhiliang konzhi质量控制
Quality level/standardZhiliang shuiping质量水平/标准
To checkJiancha检查
Final quality controlZui hou zhiliang kongzhi最终质量控制



Production takes place…Sheng chan zai … jinxing生产在……进行
Main factoryZong chang总厂
Branch factoryFen chang分厂
CanteenShitang / yuangong shitang食堂/员工食堂
Machine (general)Jiqi机器
Department (inside a company)Bumen部门
Packing departmentZhuangxian bumen装箱部门
Technical departmentJishu bumen技术部门
Planning departmentJihua bumen计划部门
HR departmentRenli ziyuan bumen人力资源部门
ShowroomZhanshi qu / Chanpin zhanshi qu展示区/产品展示区


Cartons and products:

Packing the cartonsBaozhuang xiangzi = zhuangxian包装箱子=装箱
Inner packing (polybag)Baozhuang内包装
Outer packing (carton)Zhuangxian外包装
Finished productChengpin / huopin成品
Semi-finished productBan chengpin半成品
Already packed productsYi zhuangxian huopin已装箱货品
Accessories (not main material)Fuliao辅料


Procedure and organization:

To follow the procedureAnzhao liucheng按照流程
To follow the procedure when workingAnzhao liucheng gongzuo按照流程工作
Organize, arrangeAnpai安排
General organizationZongti anpai总体安排
Plan (my plan is to do…)Jihua计划
To plan (I plan to do…)Dasuan打算
Work planGongzuo 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.

Renaud Anjoran is the founder of Sofeast Quality Control and helps importers to improve and secure their product quality in China. He writes advice for importers on the Quality Inspection blog. He lives full time in Shenzhen, China. You can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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