Year of the Dragon: My 2024 New Year Language Goals

To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, our Chinese Language Program had a few activities such as 書法 (Chinese calligraphy) workshop. Here’s my attempt at this symbol for this year’s zodiac animal.

Happy Year of the Dragon! Six months in Taiwan have flown by, and I’ve done a lot of reflecting about what my 2024 new year language goals are. When it comes to language learning, I’ll be focusing on four of them — one that is relatively new, and three that I’ve been working on for… Continue reading Year of the Dragon: My 2024 New Year Language Goals

[四海为家]: Returning to myself in Taiwan

A chéngyǔ is a Chinese idiom that is typically written in only 4 characters. One that I’ve been reflecting on this past week is 四海为家 (sì hǎi wéi jiā), which literally translates to “four seas regard home”. A decade ago, I would have understood this to mean exactly what it implies: the ability to make… Continue reading [四海为家]: Returning to myself in Taiwan

One-Month Mandarin Marathon + 3 Handy Resources

I’ve been in Taiwan for a week now, and while navigating Taipei is doable in English, one of the major reasons I came here was to become fluent in Mandarin. With one month before the semester starts, I’ve got enough time for an intensive self-study challenge. I was fortunate enough to receive a monthly language-learning… Continue reading One-Month Mandarin Marathon + 3 Handy Resources