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Lift, 2nd Edition by Robert E. Quinn, Ryan W. Quinn

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CHAPTER 9

GROUNDED: BEING INTERNALLY CLOSED

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Ryan: After studying Japanese for two years in college, I had an opportunity to spend a year studying corporate strategy and international business at Hitotsubashi University in Japan. I was thrilled and scared. Even though I had studied Japanese, my skills were limited. My ability to read and write the language improved regularly as I studied and practiced, but I did not speak or understand Japanese very well.

Upon arriving in Japan I was embarrassed at my poor ability to speak and understand Japanese. I would try to speak to people, but I usually had to ask them to repeat themselves many times. I felt ...

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