By Trista di Genova / The Wild East GREAT NEWS for Taiwan lovers & new English-speaking graduates worldwide!! 🙂 Teaching English as a foreigner is SUCH a good job, that W.E. want to give credit where credit is due! When it comes to teaching in Taiwan, it could easily beRead more
'Why Taiwan Matters': A Book Review
By Owain Mckimm, Special to The Wild East Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse. Shelly Rigger Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (29 April 2011) ISBN: 978-1442204799 Pages 232 (Hardcover) Why Taiwan Matters is a strange title for a book. No one would write a book called Why America Matters, becauseRead more
How to Make Learning Chinese Impossible: Taiwan's Got It Down
By Trista di Genova, The Wild East Hapless Chinese learners agree: the Taiwan-only useless system of ‘Bopomofo’ ought to be immediately phased out, and the agreed-upon phonetic system of Hanyu pinyin used to teach Chinese if Taiwan wants competency and credibility as a Mandarin-language training center. The first time IRead more
Professor Chomsky coming to Taiwan: Exclusive mini-interview!
By Trista di Genova Wild East news desk Taipei — MIT Professor Noam Chomsky, celebrated linguist, philosopher and cognitive scientist, is visiting Taiwan next month to deliver a special lecture, “Contours of World Order: Continuities and Changes” at Academia Sinica, the nation’s premiere research institution, on Monday, August 9, andRead more
What's That Pho? In Remembrance of Loan Words Past
Parlez-vous Francais? French ‘loan words’ in Vietnam hark back to old colonial days by Danielo [Le] Bloom- [icelli] (Also published in the New York Times travel section) Pho is a French word? Who knew? One of the most popular dishes from Vietnam to make it to restaurant tables around theRead more
MeiGui, what's a 'chicken man'?
Dear MeiGui; I want to sound a warning bell for all those mid-level students of Chinese: Be careful of what you don’t understand. I’ve been here studying Chinese for two years, and as most students know getting the language does not happen in a steady upward curve. But lately, I’veRead more
The Meltdown of English Teaching in Taiwan
English teachers in Taiwan, after living a rich life and surfing the wave of bushiban madness for a decade, are now leaving and forced to leave the country in droves. Here’s why.Read more