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Share Is Guanxi Bad For China?
2013-5-27 16:25
A business student asked me recently, "Michael, as a Westerner and a teacher in a business college, what do you think of our Chinese concept of 'guanxi'?" This is a question that I've avoided for some time. I like staying positive about China and especially in a blog/forum like this one. Anyone with no original thought or even the slightest level of intelligence can have an opinion. The less intelligence usually is indicated by those who are almost always negative about things. It takes zero int ...
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Share A Big Secret to Happiness
2013-5-26 08:01
Your attitude is the most powerful possession you have in determining your level of happiness in your life. The great inspirational author and speaker, Zig Ziglar once said, "Some people go about looking for problems as if there is some kind of reward for it." So true. Your quality of life boils down to your attitude. Life is, for the most part, what you make it. About 6 years ago, I found that my 'always positive' attitude was being challenged by some very big life issues. I'd lost ...
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Share China Better Than U.S.
2013-5-23 11:16
Recently, I was speaking to a group of people and after I finished, a lady asked me an interesting question. She said, "Michael, what do you think is better about China than the U.S.?" I've never met a Chinese person so direct in asking me such a question. But, I wanted to answer her. In fact, I relish the opportunity to tell what I feel is good about China. Here are eight things I think is better in China. 1. Chinese people 'let things go' easily - Americans don't. We like to remember wr ...
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Share Sometimes You Have To Laugh
2013-5-19 08:56
Sometimes You Have To Laugh
My cell phone rang at 8:30 a.m. The guy on the other end insists on being called 'Mr. Wang'. I said, "O.k. Mr. Wang. My name is Michael." He says, "Why are you not at the English Corner?" I said, "Well because I'm at home and I don't come there until 9:30 a.m." He said, "Why so late?" I said, "That's what I've been doing since I started coming there last September." He said, "I think its too late." I said, "I volunteer my time and that's when I'll be there." He said, "Are you doing ...
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Share Americans Love War
2013-5-19 02:57
Being a foreigner living in China, many English speaking Chinese are quick to give their opinion about people (like me) from the West. I hear often, 'all Americans have a gun'; this is certainly 'not true.'A recent Gallup Poll shows that 3 in 10 Americans personally own a gun. 30% represents nearly 100 million Americans. That is a large number. but certainly not everyone. They also suggest that America isn't safe. I will admit that I feel much safer in China than I do in America. The cr ...
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Share Can College Graduates Get A Job?
2013-5-16 16:25
According to a recent article here in China Daily, a record number of students will graduate from college this year. Over 7 million new graduates will enter the already crowded job market in China. These students have worked hard in getting their education. Compared to the U.S.A., school in China requires almost twice the effort and time. Not that any student goes much longer in the amount of years that they attend school, but, they go to class for thousands of more hours than students in the U. ...
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Share Are All Chinese The Same? What About Americans?
2013-5-14 12:51
What is most interesting to me is that some Chinese people say to me (a foreigner), "You don't understand Chinese (people or culture)." This quickly proves to be an overstatement and generalization of which the speaker isn't too well informed. In fact, the very characteristic that they are telling me about is contradicted in the thoughts and behavior of other Chinese people that I know. No one can be a totally authoritative representative for a nation or a culture. I'll give a coupl ...
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Share Proof Of The Truth
2013-5-14 06:52
Just this week, I had more 'proof of the truth' in the statement, 'We see others as WE are; not as THEY are.' I have someone in my life who constantly asserts that I have a certain problem with someone in the past that I can't get over. The assertion that they made is not only not true, its a bit humorous for me. They've displayed many attitudes and actions that in fact it is them who has the problem, not me. When they first made this assertion, I took a very long, honest look at m ...
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Share Money's Not That Important
2013-5-12 20:46
It was almost amusing recently when a lady here on the China Daily blog said that I equated success to making money. Amusing because I hardly mentioned money and also, because its very far from the truth. Success to me means achievement and living a life of significance. There have been times in my life when I had no money and many other times where I had very little money. However, I've always set goals and have worked hard to achieve those goals. I've always tried to better the lives of ot ...
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Share Making Love - Living Love
2013-5-12 08:46
MAKING LOVE - LIVING LOVE We all know what we mean by 'making love.' (HA! Got your attention!) But there is something I like to call 'living love.' Especially in a romantic relationship of the heart. A woman needs a man's time. She needs his undivided attention. Perhaps to talk. Perhaps for affection. Perhaps just for his presence. She needs to feel that she is the most amazing and important person is his life. She needs his words and actions that make her feel like the most wonderful woman ...
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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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  • Avoid This Kind of English Training 2018-3-15 05:05

    Liononthehunt: A very interesting phenomenon is that most students in Eastern Asian countries, in particular, China, Japan and South Korea have all notoriously under ...
    In my experience, what holds back English education in China is that their is no foundation of learning to speak the language. Speaking is fundamental and foundation in language learning. It is rare here in China. I find it interesting that most Chinese primary and secondary schools do not teach Chinese grammar. Yet, they focus 90% or more of their time teaching English learning grammar rules. An effort in futility from my experience of teaching more than 4000 students and thousands more students.

  • Chinese Students Will Conquer English 2018-2-8 01:21

    Until the Chinese change the methods used to teach English by Chinese teachers and get rid of 99% of the poor foreign teachers. Maybe 5% of the Chinese will master English.Maybe. Taliking how and actually doing it are very different.

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