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Share Is Hong Kong So Special?
MichaelM 2019-7-3 08:37
I was recently in Hong Kong for 3 weeks. I'd heard about Hong Kong all of my life. This was my third trip there, but, all of the other trips were very short. This time I had the opportunity to discover this mystical, historic place. As a writer for several different publications, I can usually get access to people and places that most people can't get access to. This trip was no different. So, I took my credentials and set out to find out all I could about this place. Some people si ...
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Share 5 Things To Never Say To Foreigners
MichaelM 2019-7-2 16:56
If you've traveled in Europe, Australia, most of Africa or America, you know that some things are quite different than China. There are taboos when it comes to conversation. Especially if you just met someone. Some subjects are off limits and should always be avoided. Here are the top five things to never talk about with or say to Westerners. 1. Money - Do not ever ask a Westerner how much money they make. That is very offensive to a Westerner. It is considered very rude. Don't ask how ...
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Share Happy birthday to you! (or not :-) )
J.E.Overington 2019-7-2 08:23
Is it we who buy your cake or is it you who provides your cake on your birthday? Who invented the idea of a birthday cake? Why celebrate such a day? The Germans are credited with making cakes and putting candles on it. The Germans also put candles on forest trees during the winter solstice festival... and that became the Christmas tree. The famous birthday song we sing started as "Good Morning to You". As to why we make such a big deal about birthdays: marking the event and showing ...
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Share 3 Questions Parents Shouldn't Ask English Teachers
MichaelM 2019-7-1 10:03
If you are looking for an English teacher or training center for your child, this blog will help to save face when asking questions to truly professional teachers. Serious and conscientious parents are responsible for the child's education. Promptness to appointments and classes are essential if their student is going to be successful. We tell parents, 'if you are going to be late to an appointment, don't come.' I've heard every excuse under the sun. The most common excuse is, 'there w ...
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Share What Americans Think
MichaelM 2019-6-23 13:50
Today, a parent of one of my students came to my class for a discussion about her child's English learning. She said, "I know Michael is not Chinese, but, he needs to know how Chinese parents think." She went on to tell how 'Chinese parents think'. Of course, I know several Chinese parents who do not think this way, so, I know that 'all Chinese parents' do not think as she does. The fact is, she is only telling me what she thinks. She feels that it makes her case stronger if she can m ...
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Share Easy to Predict the man of Thirty in the Future
shehemego 2019-6-18 10:36
What am I going to be when I am thirty? Looking at who I am now, I CAN predict the man I will be-- the same as I am, with only age number larger. The right thing to do is say I WILL meet the challenge And see how much and how long I can shoulder it As days slip, with normal life, normal work Being Ordinary is acceptable to me, right? Why seeing the peers find their good jobs, earn their success makes me feel misery? I look at storys of millionairs, the disabled of success, ...
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Share Why I Live In China
MichaelM 2019-6-11 14:48
If you read my blog often, you know that I came to China in 2011. My intention was to stay a year, experience the culture and return to my comfortable life in America. However, once I got here and realized the desperate need for quality English education, I felt that I could do something to change the fate of many Chinese children. Now, I've been here off and on for about 7 years total. It has been quite difficult to live here as a foreigner because, well, not everyone is so nice to for ...
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Share Why Bill Gates Gives Away Money
MichaelM 2019-6-7 03:50
Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and most American billionaires have committed themselves to giving away 90% or more of their money in their lifetime. When asked why he would give away his money, Gates replied, "The pursuit in life is not about money. It is about making a difference in the lives of others and making an impact on humanity." This is why he travels to impoverished regions of the world and directly gets involved in the lives of the less fortunate. Charity (donating money) is a tra ...
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Share Americans Don't 'Go Dutch'
MichaelM 2019-6-6 16:09
I just read a blog on here that stated that 'it is well known that Western people go Dutch.' It further stated that Western people don't entertain or invite others to meals at restauarants. I'm not sure who told someone these things, but, it isn't at all true. Americans love inviting others to restaurants for meals. In my nearly 6 decades of living, I've never once 'gone Dutch.' In fact, I've never witnessed this in America. Americans love inviting others to a meal at a restaurant and do ...
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Share Two Systems, Two Standards?
J.E.Overington 2019-5-30 19:06
Aristotle and the Han: truth without false, good without bad, because we have standards in society, and we keep the peace with the people across the river since they are useful. The western banks have unstable lands, forcing wildebeasts into the waiting crocodiles, so we build reclaimed land to interfere with nature again. The question is: How to have the good without the bad? How to keep the peace among extremists? Improving a slandered reputation by working well is easier. How to im ...
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