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Share You Misunderstood Me
2017-11-7 09:41
I read an article by a Chinese English teacher/blogger/philosopher a few days ago who was talking about the difference of how many Chinese think (I don't believe that 'all' Chinese do this even though I have personally experienced it many times) compared to how most Westerners think. One point made me chuckle with agreement. It said, "Most Chinese are quick to say, 'You misunderstood me.' Most Westerners say, 'Sorry. I misunderstood you.'" Very true. He went on to say, "Most West ...
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Share Chinese Students Will Conquer English
2017-11-7 09:05
Chinese Students Will Conquer English
The ancient wisdom of Confucius is timeless. His thinking has led Chinese for thousands of years. I've embedded his sayings in my own life and let them shape my character. English teaching/training seems to be one place where his wisdom is forgotten. Very few students are taught to use English. They know a lot 'about' English, but, they never master the language. They struggle. For many years they work so hard to learn, but never achieve their goal. I've met adult Chinese English learn ...
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Share Learn English: Immersion Classes
2017-10-30 05:27
Learn English: Immersion Classes
There are some excellent English training centers in China. Most are focused only on 'the exam.' They teach you shortcuts and tricks to get high scores. Though English is quite useless for those who are only concerned about scores, getting high scores is a reality for advancing in education in China. As a foreign, native English speaking teacher here, my focus is on those who want to get more than a high score. My work is with those who actually want to learn the language and use ...
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Share No 'Try' Classes For English
2017-10-29 18:32
No 'Try' Classes For English
Any professional teacher knows that a student can't 'try' a class and know what the class is about it. In English training, it takes years to develop the skills and knowledge needed to master the language. Usually, it takes 3 years for our students to become good enough at using English in order not need translation in the class. Yet, I still have people wanting to come and 'try' a free class. I don't allow it. First, if they can know whether my system is good or not based upon attending one ...
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Share Avoid This Kind of English Training
2017-10-29 16:28
There is no shortage of educational training centers in every city in China. I know, that here in Zhengzhou, there are several on nearly every block. There are good ones and ones that aren't so good. During my walks every day, I pass English training centers. What's interesting to me is when I stop outside to listen to the class and I hear almost no English being spoken. When I was in college (several decades ago), I took Spanish. I was required to take it to earn my liberal arts de ...
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Share President Xi: The World's Leader
2017-9-13 06:37
In a recent report reflecting an interview of the former, number one advisor to the U.S.'s president, Donald Trump, Steve Bannon revealed, what I believe, the most important perspective that President Trump holds regarding other world leaders. The report said, " President Donald Trump respects Chinese President Xi Jinping more than any other foreign leader, his former chief strategist Stephen Bannon said in a speech in Hong Kong in which he also warned ...
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Share English - Quote of the Day
2017-8-21 04:37
QUOTE OF THE DAY - Just do it! ~ Nike What does this quote mean? It means, 'take action now'. If you have a dream or goal in your heart and mind, get started making it come true now. Even if it is something small; take action right now. Thoughts and dreams always come first, however, nothing will come true unless you take action on those thoughts and dreams.
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Share Please, Don't Embarrass Your Country
2017-8-19 16:58
We all do stupid things from time to time. I know that I've done more than my fair share in my life. If we are honest, we know that we do. Most are not willing to admit it, but, they know. We are all human. The old adage, 'to err is human; to forgive is divine' is still true in these modern times. However, we need to live by certain personal standards that reflect and reveal our own personal integrity and character. I've always said, "You can be a character (a person who purposely does things t ...
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Share The Past 5 Years: China's Global Leadership
2017-8-16 19:58
In taking the China Daily survey, acknowledging China's greatest accomplishments over the past 5 years, I'm reminded of what I believe is China's greatest accomplishment. Especially as I see so many things in West unraveling and regressing, China has stepped up as the global leader for the world. China's greatest accomplishment is the global example of true leadership that it is showing, to the world. Why do I say this and why do I believe it is true? Well, I've had the chance to watch fi ...
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Share The Story of Jeremy, Can Your Child Go To Harvard? Part 2
2017-8-12 00:19
When I arrived in Zhengzhou on August 25, 2011, I planned to stay a year. I was going to go back to my comfortable home in the USA and just chalk up another wonderful place I'd been to the more than 20 countries I'd already visited. However, after just one month, my eyes were opened to something that I didn't expect. It has caused me to stay here more than 5.5 years now. I was working with a company that provides foreign, native English speaking teachers to Chinese schools. This company had a ...
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MichaelM

Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.

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  • Chinese Students Will Conquer English 2018-1-4 13:15

    The fact is there is no requirement in Gaokao for oral English!  The goal of Chinese students is to get the highest mark they can to get into the better schools.  The Chinese English teachers do their best to facilitate this. I think the best idea is to start learning oral English in pre-school and primary school with little to no grammar being taught until the 5 or 6 grade.  Give the students the foundation and English becomes easier.

  • The Story of Jeremy, Can Your Child Go To Harvard? Part 2 2017-12-19 14:59

    Harvard Uni is extremely "intervened politically" by all sorts of politicians; and that's true, NOT all graduates from it did well after all, if NO clout could be built upon it. So why trying to spend all your lifelong saved moneys for Harvard? Great shots like Mr Bill Gates and Mr Warren Buffet did NOT graduate from it, see? These two gentlemen are the true players and actors in this global business building arena; but NOT Harvard graduates unless you intend to establish political clouts in the USA.

    In your own turf, like China for Chinese fellows, local universities are affordable, if you get in them, which is a wiser longer term investment. But, nothing stops people / post graduates to embark on higher studies abroad, hundreds more with similar or better quality, depending on what you want and where to live.  Mums and dads should learn how to prepare their kids mentally to accept local universities as a quasi standard for betterment of education / lifestyle first of all; then, allow them to think for themselves ( "whats" mums and dads want / wish are NOT necessary fitted to their kids' wishes and capabilities).

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