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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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Share Your Poor English: 5 Ways to Correct It
2017-8-10 10:03
I would guess that more than half of the CELs (Chinese English Learners) that I connect with, tell me, "Michael, my English is poor." This seems to be an attempt at relieving any responsibility for mistakes that they think they are going to make. I have more than 11,000 students connected with me from all over Asia and other parts of the world. I interact with them. I have 19 groups on WeChat which all have more than 300 people each. I talk to dozens of Chinese English teachers every mo ...
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Share China's Transformative Innovations
2017-7-7 15:45
I first came to China on August 25, 2011. I've carefully watched China transform over the past 6 years. It has been amazing to see the innovation in technology and business. With the opening up in the late 1970s due to the vision and courage of Deng Xiaoping, China turned a corner toward what it is today. I was recently in the thriving metropolis of Shanghai. After arriving there and finding my way to my hotel, I checked in just before midnight. I was exhausted and barely able ...
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Share Why Foreign Teachers MUST Have Patience And Be Tough
2017-7-7 14:53
I've survived in China for the past 6 odd years. I was required to sit out 6 months last year due to a law that isn't enforced in most provinces of China. A law that says that foreigners who have worked here for 5 consecutive years, must leave for 6 months. It is rarely enforced, however, here in Henan, it is. Not a big deal. Just had a nice vacation traveling and relaxing in the USA. There are many requirements of character that a foreign teacher here must possess if they are going to have l ...
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Share Can Your Child Go To Harvard? Part 1
2017-6-12 18:33
Victoria (her English name) was just 14 years old. When I met her, she looked older. She certainly acted more mature. She came to the Binhe Park English corner where I taught free lessons every Sunday morning for 3 hours. She always stood in front. She took in everything I said. She took notes on every word that proceeded from my mouth. One day, her mother showed up. I'd seen Victoria there for almost 2 years. I'd never met mom or dad. They asked if they could talk to me. Of course, Victoria' ...
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Share Great News For Foreign Teachers
2017-6-12 09:59
Perhaps I should say, 'Great news for foreign teachers who can tolerate the pain of getting their visa.' The visa requirements in China for foreigners is becoming intolerable for many. I hear from young teachers or, teachers who have been in China a short time, the nightmare they are facing getting their visas renewed. The new policies don't make much (or any) sense to us, but, you have to follow them if you're going to stay here in China. Last year almost finished me off as a teacher in ...
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Share Chinese Students Don't Need To Cheat
2017-5-17 07:03
I just heard another disturbing report of Chinese students cheating on the TOEFL exam in the USA. Of course, all were arrested and will face criminal charges because, by cheating, they defrauded the U.S. government by breaking visa procurement laws. This follows the recent news of a top government official's son in the U.K. who went to jail for attempting to bribe some of his professors for higher scores. Here's what I know about Chinese students. I know because I've taught more than 3,000 of ...
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Share Misused English Words Part 1
2017-5-13 05:14
Accept vs. Except These two words sound similar but have very different meanings. Accept means to receive something willingly: “His mom accepted his explanation” or “She accepted the gift graciously." Except signifies exclusion: “I can attend every meeting except the one next week. To help you remember, note that both except and exit begin with ex. Exit means 'to go out.' Add me on WeChat for free daily English lessons. WeChat ID - BigTEXZZ
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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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  • Encouraging Trends in Chinese Education 2018-6-26 15:08

    Well done Michael! you are still rocking here!

  • Brilliant Chinese Parents 2018-6-21 14:40

    parcher: i was asked to teach my collegues daughter english, because her teacher was doing such a poor job (his words ) i tried to put him straight that rome w ...
    You are wise.

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