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Mandarin Basic 2 at Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

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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Gaffes with Mandarin

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’

Mandarin Basic 1 at Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

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’

Initial stages of learning Mandarin

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’



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