Get Your First Chinese Etiquette Tips

On a university campus, it is important to maintain a certain level of etiquette to create a positive and respectful environment for both students and staff members. This article will briefly overview the daily etiquette practices that should be observed in a university setting.

01 Greetings among Classmates and Faculty Members:

So many foreigners believe that they need to bow to everyone they greet in China, but that is not true.

While shaking a person's hand and smiling, a simple “ni hao” is always the best option. It is also best to acknowledge the oldest person in the group first, as it shows a sign of respect. When meeting a classmate or faculty member, greeting them politely and respectfully is important. A simple "ni hao" or "laoshi hao" is usually sufficient. If you are meeting someone for the first time, it is appropriate to introduce yourself.

02 Greeting within the Dormitory and Other Staff Members

When interacting with staff members, such as janitorial or administrative staff, it is polite to acknowledge them and respectfully greet them. A simple "ni hao" or "ni hao ma?" is usually sufficient. When you address these staff members, you can use "mama" or "a-yi" for female staff and "shu shu" for male staff.

03 Classroom Etiquette

In a classroom, it is important to be respectful of your classmates and the instructor. It includes arriving to class on time, turning off your cell phone, and refraining from talking, texting, eating and sleeping during class. It is also important to participate in class discussions in a respectful manner and to take notes to show that you are engaged in the material, and last but not least, don't leave trash in the classroom after classes.

04 Public Etiquette

When in public areas on campus, such as the library, supermarket or cafeteria, remember to be mindful of others and to maintain a quiet and respectful environment. It includes refraining from loud conversations, listening to music or videos without headphones, and cleaning up before you leave.

Practicing daily etiquette in a university is essential for creating a positive and respectful environment for all campus community members. By observing these simple practices, students and staff members can foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and consideration.

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