Taiwanese Starbucks and Other Communication Woes   

I can sort my life evenly into two geographic regions.  I was born in Taiwan and moved to the United States when I was ten and have lived exactly half of my twenty years in each country.  Though I’d missed Taiwan intensely, I hadn’t been back in a decade, until I flew back for the …

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Where We’ve Gone and What I’ve Learned

It has been a week since we’ve arrived and I have learned so much.  Through opportunities in the TMT program, and my own personal excursions, I have travelled to seven places within these seven days. Three of these places have taught me new lessons about both Taiwan and myself. National Chengchi University has taught me …

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“When in Taiwan… do as the Taiwanese do.”

Since arriving here in Taiwan, I've had a myriad of new and exciting experiences. We arrived on Saturday night and had orientation the following day. At orientation, we met our program directors and student helpers. I think it took a while for me to comprehend that I was still in Taiwan as I was still …

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      Taiwan Knows How to Hold a Welcome Party

Taiwan certainly knows how to hold a welcome party. Within the first week of arriving we already get to experience our first typhoon. Being somewhat of a common occurrence, none of the local students seem to be too worried over it. They only suggest preparing some extra food and water in case the stores don’t …

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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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大家好! Hello Everyone!

If you are reading this, you may be considering a trip with American Councils. I am currently on the Tradition and Modernity in Taiwan trip, and I am having the time of my life. Below are some of the excursions into the culture that we have taken so far. They might help give you an …

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Intensive Language Learning in Taiwan

After a month and a half of being steeped in Taiwanese culture, I have experienced two very differing results. The first result was my original goal for participating in this intensive program – becoming more fluent in Chinese and improving my listening comprehension. It is undeniable that we all have made significant progress in these …

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