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International students in Taiwan

Two articles recently published on contain some useful information and advice for foreign students studying in Taiwanese universities. Jeana Jack, a student at NCCU, has written a survival guide for international students that is full of good advice. She discusses choosing a university, learning Mandarin, finding a place to live and other important things. [...]

ChinesePod goes to Taipei

ChinesePod has just published an intermediate lesson about Taipei.  The conversation talks about Taipei 101, the National Palace Museum and night markets. John and Jenny then discuss some key points of the conversation and also point out some differences in usage between Taiwan and China. I don’t subscribe to ChinesePod but occasionally listen to their [...]

End of semester at Shi-Da

I had my last class of the semester at Shi-Da yesterday. The time seems to have passed so quickly. While I did learn some new things during the semester, I don't feel that I achieved my goals.  I think part of the problem was that the curriculum and teaching style didn't really match my goals [...]

Taiwanese language learning materials

I had my last Taiwanese class for the semester at Shi-Da today. I enjoyed the class a lot, but only studying once a week I didn't really make much progress. Still I learnt some new words and had fun.  The amount of materials for learning the Taiwanese language* is quite limited. I have only used [...]

Taiwanese class at Shi-Da

Today I had my first Taiwanese language class at Shi-Da. Shi-Da offers the class as one of the cultural classes. They also have classes in calligraphy, name chop engraving and a few others.  I have made sporadic efforts at studying Taiwanese but so far I haven't got beyond learning a few of the most common [...]

Shi-Da class outing to Yingge

On a hot sunny Taipei morning our class from Shi-Da met at Taipei Station. From there we caught the train to Yingge (鶯歌). We joined a number of other classes so there were about forty students and five teachers.  It was a great chance to meet some other students at Shi-Da. Most of the students [...]

One week at Shi-Da

I've already been studying at Shi-Da for a week now. My class has had a few students come and go. There are now five students: two Koreans, one Japanese, one Czech and an Australian. During the first few days of class I thought about changing to a different level. However, I came to the conclusion [...]