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Why I Live In China

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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 foreigners. But, I'm more mature than the younger foreign teachers who come here and I am more experienced in adjusting to other cultures. Most foreign teachers last about 8 months and leave to go back to a more comfortable life in the USA. Too difficult for them here. My travels and long stays in more than 30 countries have taught me how to be patient, tolerant and pliable.

I've likely not been through anything worse than most Chinese people go through in living day to day life. However, I've experienced some rather harrowing things here. None of them have killed my passion and commitment to helping Chinese students achieve their dreams.

I sent one Chinese student to Harvard Medical School, another Chinese student to Johns Hopkins University, one to Princeton, one who was recently accepted to the University of Chicago and the University of Southern California (both top 20 world colleges), two others who were accepted into programs at Yale and several others to colleges and universities in Canada, Australia and the U.K. My last student who took the SAT college entrance exam is now tutoring others due to the fact that he almost got a perfect score (1580 out of 1600). The average score of my students who take the SAT is 1530.

I've experienced the same successes with students who take the TOEFL exam. I've not had a student who has studied with me for more than 5 years who scored below 110 (out of 120) on TOEFL.

My life in China, though certainly not easy, has been very fulfilling. I hope to carry on and help many more students. 

This is why I live in China today. People who know me back in America say, 'You must be crazy to live in China!' I just laugh and say, "Well, maybe I am, but, I'm fulfilling my dream of helping Chinese children fulfill theirs."


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Reply Report Liononthehunt 2019-6-12 14:49
Fulfilling life experiences you have had, admirable, especially when you chose to live in Zhengzhou of all places, which is a boom town now, indeed, but was not very developed a decade ago.
Reply Report SEARU 2019-6-13 09:11
About "None of them have killed my passion and commitment to helping Chinese students achieve their dreams.”
         “None of them have killed my passion and commitment to help Chinese students achieve their dreams.”
The second saying is formal and can be accepted by most English teachers in China!
Reply Report SEARU 2019-6-13 09:24
So happy to see that you are still crazy on the work helping China on education!
But if I tell the truth making a joke with you: You are do boasting on how well your students have dealt with exams and showing off the high scores to the public!  I wonder if they have got the spirit of the language and can freely use it in daily life as you do?
(Shake hands with you!)
Reply Report MichaelM 2019-6-13 12:54
SEARU: So happy to see that you are still crazy on the work helping China on education!
But if I tell the truth making a joke with you: You are do boasting  ...
Right. I boast about excellent students and will always do so. Their spoken English is excellent. My students master English. They can orally translate for native English speakers in real time and have done so in public settings. They also tutor other students who want high scores and get paid as professionals.
Reply Report MichaelM 2019-6-13 12:56
SEARU: So happy to see that you are still crazy on the work helping China on education!
But if I tell the truth making a joke with you: You are do boasting  ...
Who taught you English grammar?

"You are do boasting...."    
Reply Report SEARU 2019-6-13 15:26
MichaelM: Who taught you English grammar?

"You are do boasting...."      
Sorry for the mistake which I made in a hurry!
"You are doing boasting!", or
"You are boasting!"
Reply Report MichaelM 2019-6-13 16:45
SEARU: Sorry for the mistake which I made in a hurry!
"You are doing boasting!", or
"You are boasting!"
"You are doing boasting!" is still wrong grammar.
Reply Report MichaelM 2019-6-13 16:59
Sorry. I don't have time to correct all of your grammar mistakes. There are too many. I have students that are getting nearly perfect scores on the SAT who deserve my attention.

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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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