I just finished level 2 of basic Mandarin at Tsing Hua university in Hsinchu. I wrote about Basic 1 a while ago. Level 2 was taken at a much more relaxed pace. This one ran every Wed. and Fri. from 10:10 – 12:10. The cost was NT 7500 + a new book (around NT 600). Here’s my take on the course. Continue reading ‘Mandarin Basic 2 at Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan’
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I went to order breakfast and, armed with my new knowledge of Mandarin, I decided that I would order in the local language today. Oh how impressed everyone was going to be! I was supremely confident, and after rehearsing in my head, I walked up and said, “Wǒ xiǎng wěi yú dàn pián.”
She looked at me confused. I repeated a bit louder, “Wǒ xiǎng wěi yú dàn pián.” Continue reading ‘Gaffes with Mandarin’
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I just completed a 6 week, intensive Mandarin course at Tsing Hua university in Hsinchu, Taiwan. It ran every day (Mon-Fri) from 9am – 12pm. On Tues and Thurs, there was an extra component from 1:30pm – 3:30pm ( I was unable to attend these sessions due to work comittments). The cost of the course was 7500 NT + books.
So here is a rundown of the course and what it’s all about for anyone considering taking it. Continue reading ‘Mandarin Basic 1 at Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan’
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After having lived in Taiwan for a year (and planning many more) I decided that it’s high time I made a serious attempt to learn Mandarin. It’s impossible to integrate into society or REALLY have an understanding and appreciation for the culture without being able to speak the language.
This is a step I was not really looking forward to because it was going to involve work. A lot of work, and I don’t like work. I was hoping that by now, someone would have invented a Matrix type learning apparatus, but no go on that, so with a heavy heart I (reluctantly) handed over my enrollment form and (even more reluctantly) my fee.
Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in Taiwan. Continue reading ‘Initial stages of learning Mandarin’