I am a US-Israel businessman that has been doing doing business between the two countries for many years. I had the opportunity to expand the business to China. After a few trips to China, I realized that the language was a huge barrier, especially given the importance of interpersonal relationships there. I researched the various options available to me to learn Chinese – from private tutors to organized classes. After meeting the teaching personnel and staff at the Asia Institute I concluded it was the best. Six months later, I am able to carry out intermediate level business and causal conversations with my Chinese counterparts, and it makes a hugely positive difference in our relationship. I can not recommend the Asia Institute highly enough.