What not to do when teaching english China

  1. Be respectful always, especially in homes or Temples. When entering a home look to see if shoes are removed. This is a long tradition but many homes do not follow it anymore-Don’t be afraid to ask. If you do remove your shoes note that it is rude to show the soles of your feet so keep your feet on the ground and if you must cross those legs try to point your toes down or wherever there are no Chinese directly in front.
  2. The dress code for teachers is relaxed. Jeans and a T-shirt will do for most days but don’t wear flip-flops or sandals to class. Remember the Chinese mass produce clothes so can be bought very cheaply – no reason not to keep that rucksack light.
  3. Don’t panic: If something goes wrong do not make a scene, as the person you are dealing with will lose face leaving the situation even less likely to be resolved.
    Never take the first “No “Literally: A good guest is supposed to refuse at least once and a good host is supposed to offer at least twice.
  4. Tipping is not standard practice in China, in fact some even get offended and try hard to give you your money back. The only exception to this is tour buses for foreign visitors. Most of the time these people depend on tips for their income.
  5. Chopsticks: Don’t forget your chopstick etiquette. Chopsticks are for eating only– -they are not drumsticks and remember do not stick your chopsticks straight up in your food. This is a bad Omen and represents death or a curse against them.

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