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Things You Should Never Do While in China as a Teacher at Birmy English School

Now that you’ve passed the screening and have received an invitation to work at Birmy International English School in China, you must be very busy preparing the things you’ll need while you’re away from home. As you prepare yourself for this exciting journey, don’t forget to spend some time doing basic research about the people and the culture in China. Being aware of the things you should and shouldn’t do in a foreign country will make it much easier for you to adjust to your new environment.

Here are some important tips that you can find in any Birmy School review on how you can make a good impression with Chinese people and how you can also win friends.

Never humiliate a Chinese person publicly.

One of the worst things you can do to any Chinese person is to humiliate or embarrass them publicly. Doing this is a big insult to them and it makes them lose face. Even in your ESL classroom, particularly when you’re teaching adults, you should not point out a student’s mistake in front of everyone in the class. As a teacher, you should make them understand their mistakes, of course, but you should do it in a subtle way that will not make them look stupid in front of others.

Never show your anger in public.

Getting angry in public is a big NO in China. Chinese people are uncomfortable when someone shows anger in front of many people, especially if they are foreigners. You always have to make an effort to be polite even when you feel you’re about to explode with disappointment or anger.

Never address a Chinese person by his or her first name.

Chinese people have their first and last names, and in China, they use the last name first all the time. Before you start your first class at Birmy English School, you will probably reminded to call your students with their last names first. You have to understand that only close friends and family members use the first names first.

Never forget to offer a toast first before you drink alcohol.

Chinese people love drinking alcohol, and this is also their way of welcoming their guests. Take note that when you drink alcohol with Chinese acquaintances, you should offer a toast first before you take a sip. This will help you avoid drinking too much as it slows down the drinking, and it is also a way of showing gratitude for your hose.


Working at Birmy English and living in China for a period of time could be one of the most memorable events in your life, but it doesn’t come without challenges as well. That’s why it’s important that you have a good understanding of how you should conduct yourself while you’re in China to make sure you’ll have a great time there.