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Share Why English Is So Hard
2019-7-3 19:28
Dr. Kato Lomb, likely, the most famous polyglot in modern times, said, "Language is not learned from grammar. Grammar is learned from language." Every day that I live here in China, I meet with many people who are struggling to learn English. Many of them have been studying English for more than ten years. What amazes me is that their level of perseverance is utterly astounding. They never give up. I've been both a student and teacher of the most popular language learning method in A ...
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Share Is Hong Kong So Special?
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
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 What Americans Think
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 Big English Mistake
2019-6-9 08:26
I've taught nearly 5,000 classes since I arrived in China in 2011. I've had several thousand students that range in age from 5 years old to 80 years old. I've taught numerous students who are now studying at top universities in America, Canada and Australia. I've trained 350 Chinese English teachers for 12 hours a weekend for 6 weeks in Henan and in Sichuan. I've taught many more Chinese teachers in weekly classes. I've even written a book about learning English. There are two very common mis ...
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Share What does it take to get a high score?
2019-6-8 06:58
What does it take to get a high score?
I've taught English in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, off and on for the past 8 years. I came here with the intention of staying only one year. When I saw the desperate need for quality English education, I knew that I could help. So, I've stayed. Right now, we are in the season of the Gaokao. Tens of thousands of high school seniors have been cramming for months, if not years, for this once in a lifetime exam. In late August, students who desire to study abroad, will be taking the next offering ...
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Share Did China 'Steal' American Jobs?
2019-6-7 14:52
This is an assertion that Trump made during has campaign and now, during his presidency. To rational, intelligent people, we know that this isn't true, because, in fact, it would be impossible for Chinese to 'steal' American jobs. American companies started outsourcing manufacturering jobs to many countries like China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and others, many years ago. Why did they do it? The answer is simple. These countries could produce consumer goods at ...
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Share Why Bill Gates Gives Away Money
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'
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 American Gaokao - The Pursuit of High Scores
2019-6-6 04:51
American Gaokao - The Pursuit of High Scores
It is that season again when students almost go insane with anxiety as they go headlong into the most important exam they'll ever take. America has its own version of the college entrance exam, or, as I've heard many call it, the Meiguo Gaokao. In fact, there are two exams that are quite popular, but, the SAT is the one that is most well-known. As opposed to the Chinese Gaokao, it is only about a 3.5 hour exam (the length varies depending on whether a student chooses to take subject tests and ...
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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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