Saturday, June 2, 2012

Introducing Taiwan (I) Knowing Taiwan from Podcast!!

Today, I would like to introduce two interesting podcast related to Taiwanese culture.  I would like to give u a little bit cultural background for the people living in Taiwan now. 

The first Podcast is called "What's up in Taiwan", and it's produced by Kuang-Chong Yu. Right now he is living Taiwan.  He is actually a very famous music producer in Taiwan. He came up with this idea is back to 2007, he said that " One day I watched a foreigner being interveiwed by a television news reporter while exiting customs in CKS Airport; she said she couldn’t find any tourism information about Taiwan in all of the traveling agencies in her country. That’s when I came up with the idea of doing this podcast, I like to introduce this interesting island, especially from a foreigner's perspective".

So there are totally 21 Episodes, and in each episodes, they interview travellers in Taiwan from different backgrounds, might be a students who wants to learn how to speak in Chinese, or a business man has business in Taiwan, they all share their lifes and struggles in that episodes. Even though they already stop interviewing new people,  it's great tool for you to get to know an insight view of Taiwan.  All episode you can find on itune or from their website.   

The second Podcast is hosted by a linguistic student in Taiwan,  He is doing his Phd study right now.  In his profile picture, he looks like an American to me or from Australia, anyway, he is not Asian that's for sure.  I believe his mother language is in English, just happen to him that he is really interested in learning a new language.  He is mainly in Chinese Mandarin. 

His podcast called " Forever a student" (I guess he has been a student for a long long time) and right now he is in Taiwan and he has this blog " Forever a student".  Even though in his podcast, he only has 8 episodes, and mainly is introducing learning a simple language or a difficult language, (Well, in his opinion, he thinks Mandarin is a difficult language but you can of course listen to his explanation).

In his blog, there are more stuff you can see, he shares his learning journey of learning in Mandarin, and it's fab to see this from a linguistic student website, I think that will really helps you guys learning in Mandarin. 

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