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Business Chinese Vocabulary List: Foreign Companies in Chinese

Ever wonder if you’d still be able to ask where the closest “Starbucks” is or “Nike” store in China?

How about ordering a hamburger once you found the closest “McDonald’s”?

Knowing how to say these worldwide company names can be extremely useful since sometimes, it doesn’t really sound the same in Mandarin Chinese.

Luckily, some companies like McDonalds sounds like “McDonalds” in Chinese. Other foreign companies like Apple Inc. literally translates the meaning into Mandarin Chinese. Essentially the fruit, apple, means Apple Inc. And then, there are some companies that do a combination of a direct translation and a phonetic one like Starbucks. They literally translate the “star” of Starbucks and make the “bucks” sound the same in Chinese.

Here’s a vocabulary list of the names of some major multinational brands and companies! I would have found this very useful when I was looking for a new phone but couldn’t say any of the brand names like “Samsung” or “Nokia.”
 


 

Automobile

  1. Acura: 讴歌 (ōu ɡē)
  2. Aston Martin: 阿斯顿马丁(ā sī dùn mǎ dīng)
  3. Audi: 奥迪 (ào dí)
  4. Bentley: 宾利 (bīn lì)
  5. BMW: 宝马 (bǎo mǎ)
  6. BMW (don’t use this one in a client meeting): 别摸我 (Bié Mō Wǒ) – Don’t touch me!
  7. Ferrari: 法拉利 (fǎ lā lì)
  8. Ford:福特 (fú tè)
  9. Honda: 本田 (běn tián)
  10. Infiniti: 英菲尼迪 (yīng fēi ní dí)
  11. Lamborghini: 兰博基尼 (lán bó jī ní)
  12. Lexus: 雷克萨斯 (léi kè sà sī)
  13. Mercedes Benz: 梅赛德斯奔驰 (méi sài dé sī bēn chí)
  14. Nissan: 尼桑 (ní sāng)
  15. Toyota: 丰田 (fēng tián)
  16. Volkswagen: 大众汽车(dà zhòng qì chē)


Beverage & Food

  1. Burger King: 汉堡王 (hàn bǎo wáng)
  2. Coca Cola: 可口可乐 (kě kǒu kě lè)
  3. Heinz: 亨氏 (hēng shì)
  4. Hennessy: 轩尼诗 (xuān ní shī)
  5. Kellogg’s: 家乐氏公司 (jiā lè shì gōng sī)
  6. KFC: 肯德基 (kěn dé jī)
  7. Marlboro: 万宝路 (wàn bǎo lù)
  8. McDonald’s: 麦当劳 (mài dāng láo)
  9. Nestle: 雀巢 (què cháo)
  10. Pepsico: 百事公司 (bǎi shì gōng sī)
  11. Pizza Hut: 必胜客 (bì shèng kè)
  12. Starbucks: 星巴克 (xīng ba kè)
  13. The Hershey Company: 好时公司 (hǎo shí gōng sī)
  14. Wrigley’s: 箭牌公司 (jiàn pái gōng sī)

 

Finance

  1. American Express: 美国运通 (měi guó yùn tōng)
  2. Citibank: 花旗银行 (huā qí yín háng)
  3. Deloitte: 德勤 (dé qín)
  4. Ernst & Young (E&Y) : 安永 (ān yǒng)
  5. Goldman Sachs: 高盛 (gāo shèng)
  6. HSBC: 汇丰银行 (huì fēng yín háng)
  7. JP Morgan: JP摩根 (JP mó gēn)
  8. KPMG: 毕马威 (bì mǎ wēi)
  9. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC): 普华永道 (pǔ huá yǒng dào)
  10. “The Big Four” (Accounting Companies – PWC, Deloitte, E&Y, KPMG): 四大(会计师事务所)(sì dà)

 

Fashion, Apparel & Home Decor

  1. Armani: 阿玛尼 (ā mǎ ní)
  2. Burberry: 巴宝莉 (ba bǎo lì)
  3. Cartier: 卡地亚 (kǎ dì yà)
  4. Chanel: 香奈儿 (xiāng nài er)
  5. Clinique: 倩碧 (qiàn bì)
  6. Colgate: 高露洁 (gāo lù jié)
  7. Gucci: 古奇 (gǔ qí)
  8. Ikea: 宜家 (yi jiā)
  9. L’Oreal: 欧莱雅 (ōu lái yǎ)
  10. Lancôme: 兰蔻 (lán kòu)
  11. Levi’s: 李维斯 (li wéi sī)
  12. Louis Vuitton: 路易威登 (lù yì wēi dēng)
  13. Nike: 耐克 (nài kè)
  14. Omega: 欧米茄 (ōu mǐ jiā)
  15. Prada: 普拉达 (pǔ lā dá)
  16. Rolex: 劳力士 (láo lì shì)
  17. Tiffany & Co.: 蒂芙尼 (dì fú ní)

 

Technology & Entertainment

  1. Amazon: 亚马逊 (yà mǎ xùn)
  2. Apple: 苹果 (píng guǒ)
  3. Canon: 佳能 (jiā néng)
  4. Disney: 迪士尼 (dí shì ní)
  5. Duracell: 金霸王 (jīn bà wáng)
  6. Ebay: 易趣 (yì qù)
  7. Facebook: 脸谱网 (liǎn pǔ wǎng)
  8. Google: 谷歌 (gǔ gē)
  9. Hewlett-Packard (HP): 惠普 (huì pǔ)
  10. IBM: 国际商业机器公司 (guó jì shāng yè jī qì gōng sī)
  11. Kodak: 柯达 (kē dá)
  12. Microsoft: 微软 (wēi ruǎn)
  13. Motorola: 摩托罗拉 (mó tuō luō lā)
  14. Nokia: 诺基亚 (nuò jī yà)
  15. Panasonic: 松下 (sōng xià)
  16. Samsung: 三星 (sān xīng)
  17. Siemens: 西门子 (xī mén zi)
  18. Sony: 索尼 (suǒ ní)
  19. Yahoo: 雅虎 (yǎ hǔ)

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