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Owner of the largest real estate entreprise in China challenge himself to pick up English at age 60

Posted by Grace Feng on May 31, 2012

 Wang Shi, the owner of the largest real estate entreprise in China (China Vanke), an experienced climber that has reached the summit of Mount Everest twice, went to study in Harvard University at age 60 all on his own.

He’s definitely a legend of Chinese businessman. One that I admire so much! Let’s find out why he need to challenge himself to go abroad and learn a new language (English) at age 60, with all the enormous accomplishments and fortune he already has:

For readers in China that can’t access Youtube, please use the following link:

http://tv.sohu.com/20120324/n338731861.shtml

 

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3 Responses to “Owner of the largest real estate entreprise in China challenge himself to pick up English at age 60”

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    Thomas Doherty:

    10-04-2012 12:12 am

    How could you even fill out an application to Harvard University if you did not know some English?
    I only knew a few joke expressions before starting to learn Chinese seriously at 61. ( Usual joke expressions: Knee How! War Eye Knee How Tie Tie! Ching Ching War War! Joeson )

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      Grace:

      10-04-2012 3:20 am

      It looks like he was invited by Harvard U via a Chinese foundation, not through regular enrolment.

      “2010年初,哈佛的一个中国基金会在北京办一个答谢会,当时执行主任问我有没有兴趣到哈佛游学,半年、一年、三年都可以。当时我就回答“有兴趣,一年”。但到了当年秋天,我却犹豫了,害怕语言不行。过了国庆,没去;过了圣诞,还没去。这时,哈佛来函问询,我听出了话中有话:“我们这儿可是哈佛啊!”而且对于邀请一个中国企业家去学习,哈佛内部也存在不同意见。于是在2011年春天,我一咬牙就去了。”

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    Thomas Doherty:

    10-08-2012 1:20 am

    Makes more sense. Sounds like it is not to get a degree ( unless an Honorary degree later ).

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