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Foreign language teachers hear BJ's tale of how he learned Mandarin.

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THE WHAT...

For keynote presentations or as a session/breakout speaker, BJ’s speaking topics rely on humor & cultural awareness using China as the driving theme. He tailors his cultural commentary to groups as diverse as language associations; Confucius institutes; grocers; hospitality & tourism industries; government agencies; property managers; law enforcement; health services; Chamber of Commerce groups; and marketing/sales teams and associations.

THE WHo...

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Snack time at the Great Wall

BJ is a native of the very rural Midwest who eventually persuaded Purdue University to give him a degree in Asian Studies in 2011 after taking off four years to fatten himself up in China.

After giving up his job as a police officer in Indiana, he flew to Beijing and moved into an elderly retirement community because he couldn’t read the sign. He then became the token grandchild of the community where he quickly received his Chinese cultural education from all of his adopted grandparents. This gave him a front row seat to true Chinese culture, as well as the fact that the local fishmonger was not to be trusted.

After helping his Chinese language teachers at Tsinghua University practice their English, he then enrolled at Beijing Jing-Song Vocational Culinary School, where he was the first foreigner to be trained by angry chefs who had no sympathy for non-native speakers.

Along with learning to prepare classic Chinese dishes (seriously, he’ll cook for you; he needs the money), he developed a network of chefs, taxi drivers, hairstylists, and CEOs that, despite keeping him highly entertained, also provided him with knowledge and access to the Chinese way of life, which he now shares with the groups he speaks to.

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BJ is somehow still based in
the very rural Midwest...

As he himself will tell you, no one should make language learning as complicated as he did. However, his trial and error (mostly error) will keep your group laughing and learning while he explains the way he should have learned Chinese.

 

Top 10 Under 40 Young Professionals!

BJ was recently recognized by the Greater Lafayette, Ind., Chamber of Commerce as one of the “Top 10 Under 40 Young Professionals” for his community involvement that primarily focuses on cultural diversity and growing communities through the arts.

Celebrating with Sheila Klinker, a member of the Indiana House of Representatives!

Celebrating with Sheila Klinker, a member of the Indiana House of Representatives!

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As the director of an American Confucius Institute and founder of the Chinese Language Association of Michigan and the Michigan China Quiz Bowl, I have been truly fortunate to hire Benjamin Moyars on several occasions. Since 2010, he has provided his services as a keynote speaker, a consultant on Chinese culture ‎and language learning, an emcee and an actor in some of our language learning videos. Mr. Moyars possesses a rare level of fluency in Mandarin . In fact, many of my Chinese friends and colleagues have ‎stated that he speaks Chinese far better and much more naturally than any non-native speaker they have ever met. Perhaps as rare and impressive as his language ability and deep understanding of Chinese culture is his talent for serious as well as comedic public speaking. His intertwining of thought provoking ideas with humorous anecdotes is sure to keep any audience captivated and laughing long after Mr. Moyars has bid everyone "zai jian".
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Dr. John Brender, Ph.D.
Director, Confucius Institute, Wayne State University
我认识莫亚杰先生是在2011年11月韦恩州立大学孔子学院举办的第四届“密西根州中文协会”年会上。莫亚杰先生作为韦恩孔院特邀的主题发言嘉宾,在会上做了题为“在北京烹饪学校学习中文:从熟练烹饪到流利口语” 的主题发言。他的报告角度新颖、生动有趣又发人深省,深受与会者欢迎,给我留下极为深刻的印象。自2011年起,他每年驱车从印第安纳来到底特律,义务参加我们的各类大型活动。曾连续七年参加“密西根中文协会”年会并做报告,与参会教师分享如何更好地学习中文和中国文化;连续五年担任“密西根中文竞赛” 决赛评委并于2015年受邀担任“第八届汉语桥世界中学生中文比赛美国中西部地区预选赛” 评委。在所有活动中,莫亚杰先生展现出的流利地道和切换自如的中英文语言能力、良好的跨文化交流沟通能力、及时处理解决问题的能力和义务奉献及团队协作能力,无一不令人由衷赞叹!
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Dr. Li Liang, Ph.D.
Former Vice Director, Confucius Institute, Wayne State University
What I liked best about this class was the information I took from it. I am now able to apply what I learned about how to talk with International students and build a personal connection a lot easier with them while I am on a showing with them!
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