If you want to leave a good impression on your Chinese associates, the first step is to learn a few Chinese words. Don’t be embarrassed if you cannot master the pronunciation. They will appreciate your effort even if they don’t understand you. If the Chinese laugh when you speak their language, don’t take it as an insult, it’s actually a good sign – They start to like you. In China, people find most westerners hilarious and lovable when speaking Chinese.