August 15, 2010


I’ve recently noticed a lot more English splattered about Taiwan, and in particular, here in Tainan of course. Most, I have to laugh at because the English is just so bad. Then again, I know some of the reasons WHY the English is so bad.

However, there is a publication that I have just noticed that contains a bit of English in it. I was looking at the ONE page, and thought I would share it with you. The publication is called “DANDELION”. Honestly, I have no idea what the focus of this publication is, because the remainder of the 35 pages are all in Chinese.

This is from the February 2010 (No. 131) issue:

7 Ways to Earn Trust

What simple, everyday actions can we take to earn trust? Here comes 7 ways to develop a reputation for being trustworthy.

1. Be on time: Showing up consistently on time in a group. It will send messages that you are reliable and you respect the other people.

2. Prepare: If you don’t prepare in advance and waste others’ time, it’s hard to trust you with something else that matters to them.

3. Do not gossip: Gossiping is only venting selfishly without commitment.

4. Keep confidential conversations confidential: Knowing something others are not supposed to know is a big responsibility.

5. Honour your promises: No one keeps all of their promises. But if breaking promises unintentionally, we can figure out together how to make up for them. It will benefit your reputation and relationship with others.

6. Admit when you don’t know something: Admitting you don’t know something is a sign of strength, not weakness.

7. Own your mistakes: Admitting your mistakes is a good start because it demonstrates your honesty. Moreover, you can take advantage of the opportunity to learn.

This next excerpt is from the August 2010 (No. 137) issue.

How to Befriend Your Parents

1. Learn to communicate: Treat your parents the way you want them to treat you. If you want them to listen to you, then first listen to what they say.

2. Invite your parents to do something that you do with your friends: Doing something together, such as exercising or watching movies, will increase mutual interest.

3. Don’t treat your parents as servants: Share housework and take responsibility. Have a mature attitude will win your parents’ respect.

4. Take part in family activities: Valuing family activities and learning family traditions will make relationships closer.

5. Let your parents feel you care about them: Caring about your parents on a regular basis, such as visiting or calling them, makes them feel warm and comforted.

6. Express thanks sincerely: Showing mutual appreciation is the best way to build and maintain relationships.

7. Be honest: Telling the truth goes a long way to gain your parents’ trust.

Don’t forget to say the words, “I love you”, which can mend and build relationships. It’s the most efficient and effective words in the world.

Please note that I have not edited any portion of these texts. They are written out in the exact manner they are contained in this publication.

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