Chinese for Economists

The Faculty of Economics and Business Administration along with the conceptual support and guidance from the Sinology Faculty is offering Business Chinese.

The program consists of 4 courses. The Introduction course is aimed towards beginners with no previous knowledges of Chinese.

The program includes Levels A1 (Chinese for Beginners) and A2 (Chinese for Economists), according to the Common European Framework of References for Languages. After completing the whole program, Level B1 in speaking Chinese should be attained.

Number of participants: The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 20 in all courses.

Certificate: Participants will be issued a certificate for each successfully completed course. 

Students with previously acquired knowledges in Chinese may register in a class with upper level. Should you need information or help, please contact us here: E-mail

Course fees will be charged and the courses offered only when there are enough enrolled participants. The two basic courses take place twice a week (26 double-lesson hours including the written examination) and cost 150 euros each and the 2 courses of Chinese for Economists take place only once a week (13 double-lesson hours including the written examination) and cost 80 euros each.

Furthermore, there is the possibility to take the official exam for the Chinese language (HSK-Exams). More information at the Konfuzius Institut Frankfurt.

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to understand and converse in simple dialogue in Chinese and to master typical everyday situations as well as tourist and business-related stays in China. You will acquire linguistic and cross-cultural knowledge, which is necessary in the area of Chinese-German economic relations.    

The learning materials used will be based on the official Chinese Latin-based alphabet "Hanyu Pinyin". The usage of Chinese characters will be offered.

Textbook: Details given on the first class.

Mrs. Ning Cao

Tuesdays 10-12 and thursdays 10-12, beginning 15.10.19, room number: see LSF

To Register

The business related linguistic capabilities will be expanded upon in these phases.

Oral communication skills will remain in the center point. Important is simple dialogues about topics relating to Chinese-German Economic relations and international trade which can be used at visits to trade fairs, business dinners, reception of Chinese economic delegations, etc.

In addition to business language skills, background knowledge relating to the Chinese-German economic relationship will be taught.

Participants will acquire the basic knowledge of the Chinese characters and the usage of character based text programs.  The capability to learn the characters  individually and to research the use of their meanings in a lexicon and software will be emphasized.

Knowledge of Chinese characters  based on the vocabulary lists of the officially recognised examination of language register HSK Level I and/or Level II is required. Passive recognition of approx. 100 characters is necessary for the course Economics Chinese 1 and some 200 characters for the course Economics Chinese 2.

Textbook: Details given on the first class.


Dr. Jingling Wang

Wednesdays 16-18, beginning 16.10.19, room number: see LSF

To Register

Time Requirements

Regular and active participation is required to successfully complete the course.

The course requires two hours of preparation. Depending on the individual, midterm and final exams require additional preparation time. For successful completion of each course, regular attendance and active participation is required.

Characters/Hanyu Pinyin

The official Chinese transcription in Latin alphabet (Hanyu Pinyin) will be used along with the Chinese characters. This allows the students to complete the course at all levels as well as in their studies, profession and research.

Building upon the material presented in class, independent learning will be advanced through the usage of electronic media, software and the Internet.


These courses may be attended by Bachelor students of Economics, Business Administration or Business Education or Master students. Students belonging to other faculties may one week before courses begin also register for these courses if vacant places are still available.