An Artist's Take On The Art Of [Lost in] Translation

[This is Post #1 in our new series, "Lost in Translation."]

The Original is unfaithful to the translation.
- Jorge Luis Borges, Argentinian writer

A picture is worth a thousand words, they say. 

Below are six versions of English translation from the same Chinese sentence, all conducted by professional translation firms in China. 

* Read on if you're more for words than pictures. 

How To Handle Business Negotiations And Establish A Stable Relationship With Your Chinese Partners?

Avoiding misunderstandings in verbal and nonverbal communication when negotiating ‘across cultures’ can be a challenge. In fact, foreign entrepreneurs are often concerned that mistakes in handling business negotiations in China could result in a loss of opportunities. In this webinar, Jinxuan (Ann) Zhang will provide you with an overview of how to gain your Chinese partner’s trust and handle conflict situations.

How To Deal With The Gift And Hospitality Challenges And "Hidden" Rules In China?

For many foreign corporations, developing the Chinese market has become a top
priority. Although the situation has shown signs of improvement, foreign corporations
and executives still face a dilemma when doing business with China: how to deal
with the gift and hospitality challenges and, at times, the customs of unspoken or
“hidden” rules?

What Can You Learn From A Bittersweet Joint Venture Partnership In China?

Set up in 1996, the Wahaha-Danone joint venture (JV) partnership helped establish Wahaha as one of China’s best-known brands and became a major contributor to Danone’s fast-growing business in China. However, despite the success, in 2007 the companies were embroiled in legal battles and a bitter public feud over Danone’s attempt to gain a share of the non-JV Wahaha group companies. In Chapter 16 of the OWP Book 2008, “Riding the winds of global change”, (to be published in September 2008), Professor Stewart Hamilton and Research Associate Jinxuan (Ann) Zhang outline key lessons from the dispute.

How To Avoid Your New Business Model Or Concept Being Copied By Your Potential Competitors?

Q: How to avoid my new business model or concept being copycat by our potential competitors? Particularly our competitors have more resources and they want to copy our model to launch a consumer App product.

Is it a wrong strategy to pitch our idea to other people when it is still at a very early stage?

A: Copycat is a fact of life. The Swiss pharmaceutical industry, for instance, can be traced back as copycats of the German’s and the whole Chinese ‘Shanzai’ industry are essentially copycats.