We will begin a regular posting schedule in October. Each student will be responsible for one post each month (one person each week). So please check back the first week of October for the first of our weekly posts! Until then, please see the above pictures for a brief snapshot of our time here so far.
Thank You Speech (Chinese with English Translation)
大家好！ 我是從美國來的班柔。 今天我想要謝謝很多人。
先我要謝謝 美國的NSLI-Y 提供獎學金 。我們很幸福有這個機會。今年很棒！
謝謝AIT 給我們一個美國感恩節。Mr. Oba， 你的家很漂亮和你的食物很好吃!
謝謝iEarn Taiwan安排很棒的寄宿家庭給我們，和帶我們去很多地方玩和心情故事拍結婚照片。 謝謝Doris 和Jane 幫我們這麼多忙，麻煩你們了。
謝謝Mrs. Ling , 跟你聊天總是很有趣，你做的飯很好吃！
Ben 要是沒有你我不知道那裡有很好的餐廳或是KTV. 沒有你的日子很無聊。
謝謝大家！ 我愛你們！ 我愛台灣！
Hello everyone. I am Nora from America. Today I want to thank many people.
First, I want to thank NSLI-Y USA for providing
this scholarship to us. We are very happy to have this opportunity. This
has been an awesome year!
Thank you AIT for giving us an American Thanksgiving. Mr. Oba your house is very beautiful and your food was delicious!
Thank you I-Earn Taiwan for arranging a great
homestay for us and for taking us to many place to have fun and take
wedding pictures. Thank you Doris and Jane for taking time from your busy schedule to help us.
Thank you to our home stays for taking care of us.
Thank you to my host family for being so warm to me. You not only gave me a room and food, you also made me feel welcome and helped me to understand Taiwan’s culture.
Thank you Mrs. Ling, it was always interesting to chat with you and your food is very delicious!
Thank you Jubbie. From the first day we came to Taiwan, you always helped us a lot. You are a great friend.
Thank you Wenzao classmates and teachers for teaching me a ton of Chinese. Thank you especially to the Chinese center, Constance, and my tutors. You guys are awesome!
Thank you to the Americans who came with me here.
Brandon, you and your sunglasses are too funny.
Ben, if you weren’t here I wouldn’t know where the good restaurants or KTVs are. Without you the days would be very boring.
McKenzie, thank you for being with me through those times that were tough and telling me 加油！
Abby， thank you for always taking care of us like a mother.
I will miss you all.
Thank you everyone. I love you. I love Taiwan!
Growth in 台灣
Hello Everybody. My name is Nora, and for those of you who don’t know me, I grew up in Chicago, Illinois and I’m 19 years old. And I live in Taiwan now. So yeah our final days in Taiwan have come and I’m up here to talk a little about how we’ve grown over the last 11 months.
To start I just want to say, this has been a
CRAZY year and I don’t think I ever could have imagined what it had in
store for me when I decided to come.
Over the last 11 months, I’ve slept over at a
Buddhist temple, learned how to make traditional Taiwanese tea, found
out what KTV is, celebrated the Chinese New Year, picked up some French
with Ben, gone to my first Taiwanese wedding, and had my own Chinese
wedding pictures taken at Lotus Lake.
I’ve eaten a lot of rice and noodles, cut off
all my hair, gotten attacked by monkeys, spent a lot more hours
bellydancing than I could ever have imagined, and traveled all over
Taiwan with my new NSLI-Y family.
A lot of memories have been made that I will
never forget and it has been hard for me to narrow how I’ve grown into
just a few things, but here goes.
First off, my Facebook popularity has skyrocketed! The
number of pictures I have online has probably doubled, my Facebook
friends have passed the 1000 mark, and there number of statuses I don’t
understand is a lot more than I had 11 months ago for sure.
Second, my Chinese ability has come into existence. For
those of you who don’t know, I was the only one of the group to come
here not knowing any Chinese, so everything I’m able to say now I’ve
learned in the last year. I definitely cannot say I’m even
anywhere near fluent in Chinese now, but I think I’ve set up a good
base for leaning more Chinese in the future.
Third my perspective on a lot has changed. Over the last year, I’ve made friends with very different backgrounds than the ones I had over in the US. I
can now not only say that I know people from Indonesia, Japan, France
(a lot of those), Columbia, and Holland that I didn’t have before, but
also that I have had conversations with people generations older than me
as friends. This has definitely taught me a lot about how
we’re all connected and how we all deal with similar issues no matter
what age we are or where we are from. It has also shown me
that being friends with old people is awesome because they can teach
you a lot about life that your friends cannot. Living life
on the other side of the globe has also given me a much better idea of
the “Asian” way of looking at things, and I think in some areas having
the communal or Confucian point of view can be better than the Western
Finally, I have gained a better understanding of myself. This has, at times, been really tough year for me. There have been lots of challenges to face, and I’ve learned a lot of very important lessons from getting through them. Accepting
myself for who I am, not comparing my weaknesses with others strong
points, and keeping your thoughts positive have been the three big ones
for me. Doing is much easier said than done, but I think
I’ve gotten better at all three and will hopefully progress as I move
onto college and deal with things the rest of my life.
Thank You Speech
我要謝謝NSLI-Y 跟 iEARN。有他們我才會有這個留學的機會。
我要謝謝我們AIT的朋友。我們剛來臺灣的時候你們來文藻歡迎我們。去年 感恩節的時候你們約我們去你們家吃飯。對美國人來說 感恩節的晚餐很重要。雖然我們那個時候都不在美國的家裡 可是我們還有機會跟親切的美國朋友慶祝。謝謝AIT的Oba先生。
Growth in 台灣
Living abroad has made me more
adventurous and independent. I plan to live abroad for a while again in
the future, whether is it for studying or working, or even both.
Living here has made me understand what it is actually like. I now know
that I am independent enough to do it.
This experience has helped me narrow
down my choices for what I want to do with my life. My Chinese has
improved so much here, so now I feel confident that my Chinese will be
good enough to use for my career.
One thing is for sure, as much as I love
Taiwan, living outside of the US for this long has made me realize what
an absolutely wonderful country the US is and I appreciate it so much
more than I ever have.
Being an ambassador for such an
influential country is interesting and rewarding. I feel like I have
given some people a very different impression of Americans than they had
before. My impressions of other countries have changed completely as
well. By growing closer to people and getting past the cultural
boundaries, lifelong friendships can be made that can strengthen
everyone involved. I know that I have priceless lifelong connections
on both sides of the globe now.
Taiwan is truly like my second home. I
grew up here for a year of my teenage life. My priceless memories here
are countless. I know the streets here better than I do back in
Baltimore. I have extremely close friends who will always be a part of
my life in some way. Thank you.
Thank You Speech
Thank You Speech
Hello everyone! I would like to extend my
warmest gratitude to those who have made my time in Taiwan memorable and
exciting. Firstly, I want to thank the United States government for
funding this fantastic adventure as well as I-EARN Taiwan for
facilitating the scholarship. Without these two bodies, we would not be
standing here today giving these speeches. Secondly, I would like to
thank the staff at the CCL whom has been extraordinarily helpful in
aiding our Chinese language development, Abby for being available and
responsible for us no matter when and where, and the people of Taiwan
for welcoming us into their beautiful society. The Taiwanese are perhaps
the warmest and friendliest people I have ever met. The hospitality and
kindness that everyone unceasingly demonstrates has served as the most
powerful motivation for learning Mandarin.
I want to give a special
thanks to my friends and host family. I believe my closest friends are
some of the most genuine people I have ever met. I don’t think there was
ever a moment where I felt lonely or unloved. My friends have served as
the greatest social support throughout this journey and I will always
carry a special place for them in my heart. Even though I will be
returning to the United States soon, I intend on staying in contact with
them. They are will be undoubtedly the greatest memory I will have of
my time spent in Taiwan. My host family has allowed me to see how a
traditional Taiwanese family lives every day. They have been so kind and
hospitable and will be greatly missed.
To my I-EARN friends, I just
want to say that you guys are awesome! McKenzie, it is so awesome that
we both love Spanish! Plus, we are from neighboring states! I think it
was destiny that we were selected for the same program! Nora, I love you
and your corny jokes. Ben, although I haven’t mastered the art of
talking ghetto, I think you put me on the right track. You are
hilarious. Our trip to Taiwan has been a life changing experience for
all of us. With that said, I would like to thank everyone again!
Growth in 台灣
Every once in a while I like to ponder on what my life was like just a
few years before I decided to embark on this amazing journey here in
Kaohsiung. Two years ago, I was living in a small farming community
known as East Bend, North Carolina with a population of roughly one
thousand people. Growing up, I have always had a strong desire to go
abroad and see the world but I have never had the chance to do so. I
knew that someday I would reach my goal but never in my wildest dreams
would I have known that I would be moving to Asia shortly after I turn
eighteen! Before coming to Taiwan, I have never left the United States,
let alone the east coast! It is interesting to reflect on where fate can
lead you and what kind of opportunities may arise when one takes the
initiative to find them. With that in mind, it is safe to say that
earning a full scholarship to study Chinese is perhaps the greatest
opportunity I have had thus far.
By starting a new life here, I
have been able to challenge myself in ways that would have not been
possible in the United States. Given that studying a foreign language in
depth is not very common in my country, one is usually given a lot of
unnecessary appraisal for it. Unfortunately, when this happens you tend
to not know what your limits are and where you stand as a competent
language learner. In Taiwan, I have been lucky enough to meet people who
challenge and push me thus enabling me to go further than I could
before. This of course is not exclusive to learning a language. My
closest friends that I have met in Taiwan whom I love to death are my
nastiest critics. At times, the things that they say can be brutal and
quite excessive. Yet, through their creative ways of showing affection
for me as their friend, I have learned to endure a heavy amount of
criticism. Back home, I was known to suffer from a horrid mental illness
known as level four perfectionism (let’s pretend there are four
levels). So, with anything I did whether it was a term paper or speaking
Chinese for that matter must be well above adequate. I absolutely
despised having my flaws blatantly pointed because I felt that if I did
not reach a certain standard, I was simply failing. Now, I know this is a
terrible mentality and there truly is no such thing as perfect. I’ve
learned to enjoy life a little bit more and pursue my interests for the
sake of its sheer enjoyment. I have met people who are far more talented
and/or intelligent than I am. Instead of comparing myself with those
people, I found that I should learn from them. The most successful
individuals I have met are the most passionate and carefree and that is
the type of person I aim to be.
It is easy to refer to yourself as
an open-minded person when living in your native context. When exposed
to another culture or way of thinking for a brief period of time, anyone
can nod their heads and say “I understand”. But, true understanding of
another culture or way of life can only be achieved by living it day to
day. It is not enough to simply smell it, you have to taste it. The
broadminded person that you think you know yourself to be is challenged
when living abroad. At times, you are confronted with a mentality or a
habit that drives you absolutely bonkers. For example, my definition of
cleanliness does not match up to my host family’s standard. Being
reminded the importance of cleaning a room that is seemingly already
clean is not necessarily my cup of tea. Nevertheless, I have to tell
myself that there are different ways of looking at things and there is
always a reason for every action and mindset. Culture is like a puzzle:
each piece is fitted in a unique way thus creating a beautiful picture.
You cannot take a puzzle piece from another puzzle and apply it to the
one you just made because it simply won’t fit! This can be applied to
something as miniscule as cleaning habits to something far more profound
because in the end, your way of thinking may not necessarily be
consistent with the greater picture.
Finally, I have learned to
become a lot more appreciative of where I come from. It is our
background and past experiences that shape who we are. I believe that
every aspect of my life, big or small, has had a colossal impact on the
person that I am today. When I came to Taiwan, I was a teenage boy
seeking adventure. Now, I see myself as a young adult with far more
insight and knowledge about the world. My yearlong journey in Taiwan has
been a stepping stone to an interesting and fulfilling life ahead and I
can’t wait to see what awaits me in the years to come.
Thank You Speech
Thank host family
我想對美國政府，美國的納稅人，AIT, NSLIY, 跟iEARN 說聲“謝謝” .
Thank NSLI-Y Crew and Abby
最後我要謝謝Ben, Brandon, 和 Nora。從認識到現在，我們都在一起。Ben,還記得我們的第一個學期中文課嗎？Brandon,
我們“represent the South“ 然後也一起練習西文。我特別要謝Nora. 你是我最好的朋友。 和你們在一起我有很多美好的回憶.
Growth in 台灣
Thank you again for the role everyone here has played
in helping me learn and grow here for the last 10 months. Taiwan has
deepened my understanding of the world in multiple ways and I’m so
thankful to be given this opportunity and highlight some of the ways
while I’ve been here.
Living in Taiwan, I’ve learned how to be alone. Living abroad
isolates you in a way that being in a high school in the US doesn’t, and
a part of my growth here has been marked by being by myself and being
OK with it. Living about an hour away from school, I had about two hours
to reflect, think, read, study, listen to music, chat with a fellow
commuter, or make a new friend as I’ve taken public transportation. I’ve
walked and rode my bike to the train station. Part of my personal
growth in Kaohsiung has been learning how to be satisfied with the
montonous parts of my day. It’s not always fun; however, being able to
persevere through the lows makes the highs that much more rewarding.
Another takeaway from my year in Taiwan has been a better perspective
on Asia and differences between Western and Eastern culture. The
importance of family and community here is reflected in young adults who
live with their parents, the young man who gives his seat to an older
woman on the MRT, and how 帥哥literally means “handsome brother.” Taiwan
is different from America in a plethora of ways and discovering those
differences that go beyond the language difference has given me insight
into how Asia looks out and interacts with the world.
Finally, my Chinese! It’s been awesome to go from being unable to
communicate with my host mom to having conversations about when mangos
will come back in season. I’m thankful for all the friends Ive made at
Wenzao, and I can’t express how grateful I am for this year. Thank you
義大利文, 阿拉伯話, 葡萄牙話, 法文,
第五個季是一個西班牙來的樂團. 雖然是歐洲的, 在拉丁美洲比較有名.
在拉丁美洲, 西班牙, 和葡萄牙有很多電視書.
在電視書裡面有很漂亮的女人 ,很帥的男人, 而且不好的演技.
Shakira is a Colombian singer.
Shakira is my favorite singer because not only is she
beautiful, she is also capable of speaking Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Portuguese,
French, and English. With that said, we can say that Shakira is very intelligent.
Her Lebanese grandmother taught her belly dancing.
Although her music is primarily Latin American pop, she also
incorporates themes from Arabian influences.
When singing in concerts, Shakira typically wears Arabian
Reik is a band from Mexico.
It can be said that their music is similar to Shakira’s
style. However, they are more influenced by American pop culture and do not
incorporate Arabian elements in their art.
The Fifth Season
The fifth quarter is a Spanish band. Although originally from
Europe, they have gained an immense amount of popularity in Latin America.
In Mexican culture, telenovelas are of particular interest.
One of the primary reasons as to why the Fifth Season has become so popular in
Latin America is because one of their hit songs is played as the theme music to
one of Mexico’s favorite telenovelas.
In Latin America, Spain and Portugal have a lot telenovelas.
Typically, this style of programming is very dramatic.
Telenovelas consist of beautiful women, handsome men, and
As all of my friends know, food is something with special
importance to me. Food isn’t just something that helps keep us alive.
Food is an enjoyment and an art.
We can also learn a lot about a culture from food. In Taiwanese
culture, there is a big importance and value placed on meal time and
having food together. When people here invite each other to go out
somewhere it nearly always includes eating. I obviously had no issues
adjusting to this part of the culture. I want to share with you guys
some of my favorite food finds on this island!
There is some great food located very close to our school. Here are two of my favorites. These are very Taiwanese!
鴨肉飯 Duck Meat & Rice
Taiwan also has many many foods from other countries. There is a great Thai restaurant just outside my house!
泰式炒河粉 Their amazing Pad Thai…
Spicy Shrimp and Squid
Thai Green Curry
Taiwan also has Vietnamese restaurants! I missed these tastes so much, glad to have found this place!
Noodles & Fried Egg Rolls
Phở Bò Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup!
Here are some other dishes from around the world:
Indian Vegetable Curry
English Fish & Chips
Irish Baked Potatoes
Taiwan has something called “hot pot” (火鍋). You can order all kinds
of foods and cook them yourself. You can make your own sauce and make
it to your liking! I always like to make mine a bit spicy.
檸檬草火鍋 Lemongrass Hot Pot
The city I am from, Baltimore, is famous for its delicious shaved
ice. I have found myself to LOVE Taiwan’s shaved ice too! There are so
many choices and it is all so cheap!!
雪花冰 Taiwanese Shaved Ice
As you can see, you can customize your ice to your liking! These two here are just about $1.50 USD!!
I am constantly on the search for even more delicious delicacies
on this island, and my time is almost up. Though I miss American food a
lot, I know I will miss these wonderful, cheap, tasty dishes here!
這個學期， 我跟Nora作了一部影片. 我希望你喜歡 “美國的刻板印象”.
This semester, Nora and I made a movie. I hope you like “American
Stereotypes”. Taiwanese people think we eat a lot of hamburgers.
比較不一樣. 我很喜歡招牌好紹的動物! 在美國, 我有很多寵物! 有兩隻貓(可是第一隻貓非常胖, 你可以說他是”兩隻貓”). 也有兩隻狗!
他們都是笨蛋. 所以每個東西他們決定做我想非常白目, 非常奇怪. 所以, 我拍照! 我也對危險動物有興趣.
我家人最喜歡的地方放暑假是南卡Hilton Head. 那兒有好多鱷魚! 好酷! 我的父母在運動的時候, 我就跟鱷魚牌照! 好可愛!
不幸的是這個城市不可以是我住的地方. 那些鱷魚一定要吃我貓跟狗. 我覺的鱷魚要想”ㄇㄇㄇ那隻貓好像非常好吃!” 太可憐了! 她不會跑一砲…
她太胖了! 我的狗可以是小吃蛋是我的貓一定要是招牌菜! 我覺得那些鱷魚都是廣東人. 那麼, 你們現在知道我很特別的人.
還是我跟你也喜歡做每天的東西. 我喜歡寫. 我覺得語言是藝術. 你就可以寫你的想法和感情. 然後我喜歡看書和網路.
我的朋友們覺得我是老人因為我對新聞有興趣. 如果你不知道什麼東西, 你要是笨蛋.
別的休閒活動嵐登喜歡做: 唱歌, 聽音樂, 去酒館, 苦惱老師, 說西班牙語, 和用電腦.
Some people like to go to the movies or the beach. Although I think
these these leisure activities are very fun, my interests are a little
more unique… a little bit more abnormal. I really like to take pictures
of funny animals! In the United States, I have a lot of pets. I have two
cats (however, one of them is extremely fat, you can say she counts as
two), and I also have two dogs. They both aren’t very bright. So,
everything they do is extremely strange! So, I take pictures of them!
I am also interested in dangerous animals. One of my favorite places to
go on vacation is Hilton Head, South Carolina. There are a lot of
alligators there. So cool! I really like to take pictures of them too!
They are so cute! Unfortunately, I cannot live here because the
alligators are bound to eat my cat. I think the alligator will think to
himself “mmm that cat looks really tasty!” Its such a pity! My cat
cannot run away, she is too fat! My dogs can be the appetizer but my cat
will be the main course.
Now, based on my interests, you guys
probably know I am a very “special” person”. However, like you I also
like to do everyday things. I like to write. I believe language is art
because you can write your thoughts and feelings. I also like to search
the web. My friends say that I am old because I like to watch the news.
Nevertheless, I believe that if you are not informed, you will become
Other things Brandon likes to do: sing, listen to music, annoy Ms. Ye, speak Spanish, and play on the computer.