Posts Tagged Taipei

5 Reasons You Should Learn Chinese (Part 1)

5 Reasons You Should Learn Chinese (Part 1)

An actual conversation that occurred shortly before I moved to China in 2010: My Friend: You’re moving to China? Me: That’s right. My Friend: You’re crazy. Completely nuts. (making “cuckoo eyes” at me) Me: Why? Why is that so crazy? Lots of people do it. My Friend: Because they all speak Chinese there! You’ll probably die. Or maybe get killed. At the very least you’ll get maimed and put in jail. You’re doomed. Me: I’m already learning Chinese! I’ll just get better and better once I’m there. My Friend: I’m not visiting you in jail in China. Here, maybe. In China, no. Me: Whatever. I’m going to learn Chinese. Now, much to the chagrin of my “friend”, I have yet to step foot inside a police station (except to do residency paperwork, I swear!) after three and a half years in China and Taiwan. Neither am I killed, dead, or maimed. Have I learned Chinese? Yes! Am I fluent? Well, not exactly. But I can get around just fine, make conversation with most people, and read a little. Reading is the most difficult part, if you ask me. Once, I even talked my way out of a traffic ticket. Learning Chinese- […]

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Best Festivals To Visit In Taiwan

Best Festivals To Visit In Taiwan

One of the best parts about becoming an expat in a new country is exploring the culture. A great way to take a peek into the window of a countries culture is to experience their festivals. Taiwan is a place where you can experience a wide variety of festivals from food to fireworks, sky lanterns to tradition, you can find it all here.

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Interview with Dan and Casey: American Teachers Teaching in Taiwan

Interview with Dan and Casey: American Teachers Teaching in Taiwan

Meet Dan and Casey, two high school sweethearts who got hitched and decided on a blissful married life of travel and teaching. These two little lovebirds hail from North Carolina and really have the travel bug! Read on to hear how much they love teaching in Taiwan.

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Interview With Zach And Shay: Teaching English in Taipei

Interview With Zach And Shay: Teaching English in Taipei

This month we talk to a young couple about their time teaching English in Taipei. Zach and Shay are high school sweethearts who made the move to Taiwan from Chicago. Read on to hear about their unique and interesting insights into Taiwanese culture and their observations on life in Taiwan.

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Teaching in Taiwan VS Teaching in Bali

Teaching in Taiwan VS Teaching in Bali

Ever wondered what the differences are between teaching in Bali vs teaching in Taiwan? Dean Barnes talks about his experiences in both countries.

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Interview with Katy Lucid: an American Teacher in Taipei, Taiwan

Interview with Katy Lucid: an American Teacher in Taipei, Taiwan

Interview with Katie Lucid, an American Teacher in Taipei, Taiwan. She moved from New York to Taipei with a years stay in China. She teaches buxiban and has visited many places in Taiwan.

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Interview with Sam Simile, an American Teacher in New Taipei City, Taiwan

Interview with Sam Simile, an American Teacher in New Taipei City, Taiwan

You won’t want to miss this interview with Sam Simile, an American teacher in New Taipei City. Samantha is a Reach To Teach teacher from Pennsylvania who has been wowing her students in Xi’an, China and Tucheng, Taiwan with her circus skills. Samantha is accomplished at stilt-walking, fire-breathing, and she’s incredibly bendy (As you’ll see from her photos!).

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Interview with Brooke O’Brien, an American Teacher in Taipei, Taiwan

Interview with Brooke O'Brien, an American Teacher in Taipei, Taiwan

Hailing from the Midwest, Brooke O’Brien decided to make the leap across the proverbial pond to begin her teaching adventures in Taipei in July 2012. Read on to read about her thoughts on teaching English in Taiwan, and what she likes best about her home on the beautiful Isla Formosa.

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