The Natural Beauty of Taiwan

I participated in American Councils Taiwan Intensive Summer Language Program (TISLP) in 2019. During my summer in Taiwan, I noticed how green it is. It appears the nature has been infused with the country’s architecture willingly or unwillingly. Every time I went outside, I always felt this Zen-like peaceful atmosphere. There was some balance between …

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Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Kristen Vierrether

During my two months studying in Taiwan, every second of the day I was immersed in the local community. From the time I walked out of my dorm, saying good morning to the guard on duty, to the time I went to sleep after watching local television, I was surrounded in local culture, customs, and …

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Exploring My Identity in Taiwan

I only have fourteen days left in Taiwan and thinking about it I am filled with disbelief and sadness. In the past I have participated in various summer programs and I can honestly say that this is the fastest my summer has ever gone by. This summer has been filled with adventures, memory-making, and delicious …

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Language Learning is Not a One-Man Journey

Before coming to this program, because I love to learn languages, I never thought that I would burn out from being immersed in a language. For most of the program I was so scared that if I didn’t memorize the lesson for the day, if I continuously messed up the sentences I said in class, …

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Immersion and Excursions in Taiwan

Being in the second-to-last week of the Taiwan Intensive Summer Program has been a very beneficial experience for me. For example, I was able to learn so much in a short amount of time, raise my level of Chinese proficiency, and being able to be more open towards others. I really like learning Chinese in …

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A Different Kind of Everyday

In a span of 3 weeks, I have learned and experienced a lot about Taiwan and Tainan City.  The people in Tainan are known for their hospitality.  The laid-back attitude, friendliness, and willing-to-help spirit of the people of Tainan speak volumes to a foreigner like me.  Certain cultural differences may come as a shock, but …

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Excursions and Karaoke in Taiwan

Greetings from Tainan, Taiwan! We are starting our seventh week in TISLP, marking the last two weeks of the program. Our time in Taiwan certainly has flown by! These past few weeks have been very busy with studying and exploring Taiwan. Last week we went on our cultural trip to Taipei. We visited the National …

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