Now that I have moved to Melbourne for 7.5 years (WOW that’s long time😅)… let’s talk about some differences between working here vs in Shanghai. I will write it in 3 blogs and this is 1/3.
without exposing my age😜, let’s just say that I’ve worked at the same role in both Shanghai and Melbourne for a couple of years.🙃
So~ difference 1 – names.
Big difference… almost every Chinese working for an international company has an English name, and they are so special 😂 Some popular female names including: Elaine (honestly I’ve never met a single Elaine here), Betty (hmmm…), Echo (well…), Jessica, Michelle (this is quite popular), Christine/ Christy, Flora. Most popular male names including: Jeff (so many Jeff’s), Bob, Aaron, Robin, Alex, Kevin (again so many Kevin’s)…
Well if your name happens to be on the list – don’t get me wrong; surely it’s still a good and very attractive name… We are only talking about ‘rarity’, not ‘quality’ here. 😇😅
Interesting enough, lots of Chinese here don’t use English name (like myself and some of my colleagues). In regards to English name, here I’ve got more than 2 colleagues in below name… Note that most of my colleagues are between 30-50 here so you might see different trends at school.
- Female names🍎: Sarah, Kelly, Amanda, Erin, Natalie, Melissa
- Male names🍐: Andrew (you’ve got a different Andrew on every meeting), Paul, Michael, Steve (lots of Steve’s), Josh, Sean.
As I said, I myself don’t have an English name here. I am not particularly bothered by it (
maybe my colleagues are though LOL) expect for the coffee time (check my blog on coffee name😘). Saying that though if your name has ‘Yu’, ‘Xu’, ‘Zhu’ etc then get prepared that they won’t be said correctly in most cases, so better get a local name!
🈶Tivamoo’s blog update schedule:
- Tue – Japanese Notes – cool blog and let’s talk about time!
- Fri – (optional) random ideas
- Sun – weekly awesomeness in Australia – check last week’s out with cute cats in the video~