Ceiling hanging at the Shaoling Temple


About China Talk

China Talk was set up in 2007 to promote the learning of Mandarin Chinese and now offers a range of services for businesses and schools.  Our goal is to enable more British people to communicate effectively with Chinese partners to facilitate co-operation at all levels.  Smooth relations are more easily achieved when the nuances of UK and Chinese thinking are fully understood on both sides.

CONTACT US: 01740 656 939

China is a fast-growing and exciting place to be with opportunities around every corner.  China Talk founder, Liz Smedley, has watched this amazing transformation from the building of the first skyscrapers in Shanghai’s Pudong district to the world’s second largest economy.  Throughout this time, Chinese people have developed a high level of competency in the English language, which means the British rely heavily on the help of Chinese colleagues for translation and business facilitation in UK-China trade.  For a well balanced partnership, we think UK organisations would benefit from a wider pool of British people who have a good understanding of both Chinese language and culture.

This concept is what drives all aspects of our business.  When schools have access to practical information about living and working in China, Chinese lessons relate to current affairs and practical application of cultural insights.  When businesses prepare to enter the Chinese market by thinking about how to understand their potential collaborators and end customers, they will build better relationships to enhance their success.  And the more British businesses succeed in China, the greater the interest of both commercial players and schools in learning Mandarin Chinese.

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“I would not hesitate to recommend this as a day well spent to anyone thinking of travelling to China for business or otherwise.

Liz Smedley’s one day introductory course to Mandarin is well thought out and an excellently delivered program that has a perfect balance of language learning and exposure to culture for those who have little or no experience of China.  The relaxed but informative and often light hearted day was thoroughly enjoyable for start to finish with basic and easily learned but extremely valuable language skills.”

Andy Hatton  Global Anodes