My First Time Abroad

   When asked about how my trip is going, I am usually at a loss for words at first. This trip holds the distinction of not only being my first time inside Russia, but also the first time I have ever left the United States. I did not even have a passport until I decided …

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Exploring Taipei

It has been ten years since I have been overseas. In the summer of 2009 I went to India with my family to visit my distant relatives.  I knew that this out of country excursion would be much different than the last. I was alone. Unlike many of the students attending this study abroad program, …

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My Time so Far in Taiwan!

This will mark my third week in Taiwan at TISLP and I feel like time has flown past. This is my second time to Taiwan, the first trip was last year when I volunteered to teach English at a bilingual camp in smaller, more rural districts. I grew up in the States in a Cantonese-speaking …

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First Impressions

Coming to Taiwan to study Chinese has been such a wonderful experience! People from all over the globe know Taiwanese people to be exceptionally friendly and lead very hardworking lives, and my experience in Taiwan would definitely confirm that people in this country are exceptionally nice and committed to those around them. The people in …

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The Frustrations and Motivations of Language Learning

I did not come to Georgia solely to learn Georgian. I came to intensively study Chechen and, as someone who enjoys learning languages and wants to work in the Caucasus, thought that being able to also learn Georgian was a great bonus opportunity. Between Russian and English, I can get by in taxis and shops …

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