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ZigZac
Pleb
posted 07-23-01 11:25 ET (US)         
In a little less than a month I'll be studying in Taiwan. I applied last October to be a foriegn exchange student and now I am going. I am really excited to go. Is anybody here from Taiwan? That'd be really cool. I am a little nervous cuz I can't speak Mandarin that well. But I am not sure if I'll be able to upload any adventures this next year and I really want to. Has anyone here been a foriegn exchange student before? Wish me luck?

ZigZac

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bengel
Pleb
posted 07-23-01 11:52 ET (US)     1 / 26       
Good Luck ZigZac!

I'm sure this will be a wonderfull experience!

Ice
Banned
posted 07-23-01 11:55 ET (US)     2 / 26       
Good luck ZigZac. I don't think I've met any Taiwanese here though CP's from Hongkong....btw, do you have any Chinese ancestry/friends, since you seem to know a language that's not learnt by many in the States...
Proconsul Creaticus Dania
Angel
posted 07-23-01 12:01 ET (US)     3 / 26       
Good luck ZigZac hope you'll have a great time on Taiwan

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the body. Pr. 16:24
GovernorSimulus
Pleb
posted 07-23-01 13:31 ET (US)     4 / 26       
Best of wishes ZigZac.

It is better to be feared than to be loved, but it is worst of all to be hated.
Rocky
Pharaolympics 2000 Competitor
posted 07-23-01 13:37 ET (US)     5 / 26       
Good luck ZigZac.......Enjoy !!

The master of making easy look hard ---- What's wrong with Scooby Doo boxers?
Cockfosters visitor via a stunt cannon ---- Fan of the Great Cornholio Tee shirt dance
Coyote ugly beauty, parrott mangler & all round good egg ---- Have leather pants will travel
ZigZac
Pleb
posted 07-23-01 17:45 ET (US)     6 / 26       
Ice,

I don't have any Asian Ancestry(all European). One of my really good friends is from South Korea and I have another who lives in Thailand.

Thanks everyone for the luck, I'll probabley need it.

mouse
HG Alumnus
posted 07-23-01 19:30 ET (US)     7 / 26       
Good luck ZigZac What a wonderful chance to see another part of the world and to make new friends to add to your list of international friends Bet that folks will be very understanding about your chinese and be more than happy to help you
Ice
Banned
posted 07-23-01 20:52 ET (US)     8 / 26       
I reckon Chinese is easy to speak, it's only the reading and writing that's difficult for those used to phonetic-based languages. But I'm sure you'll do fine....the young'uns always find it easier to learn a new language...
GovernorSimulus
Pleb
posted 07-24-01 00:19 ET (US)     9 / 26       
I tend to see language vary symbolicly, and am vary good at memorizing long lists of tabular-style information rapidly. D you think I should take up Chinese instead of Latin?

It is better to be feared than to be loved, but it is worst of all to be hated.
Ice
Banned
posted 07-24-01 00:59 ET (US)     10 / 26       
Hmmm, maybe, if you're good at visualising.

When we were younger, our teachers also showed us the entomology (if you'd like) of Chinese characters...like how the Chinese word for "people" looks like a man walking, or how a certain word was derived from pictograms and evolved into the present-day characters...

Cyber Paladin
Pleb
posted 07-24-01 03:09 ET (US)     11 / 26       
Cantonese is not hard to speak, if you get the rhyme.
We say words er... word by word.

Every word has only one vowel. And in a sentence, we say every word approximately the same length, rather monotonous compared with English.

Reading is a totally different matter, you really got to have some imagination to memorize the characters. Writing is even harder, not only you've got to know the word, you've got to write it in a "right" way, or you'll probably be laughed at. Er.. well, probably not if you look like a "foreigner".

Ice
Banned
posted 07-24-01 08:03 ET (US)     12 / 26       
Heck, here, a foreigner who even speaks rudimentary Chinese is looked upon as "intelligent"
Cyber Paladin
Pleb
posted 07-24-01 09:04 ET (US)     13 / 26       
Here too~
Most people, me partially, are particularly impressed by foreigners who speak Cantonese. Quite impressed if they do Mandarlin~
Ice
Banned
posted 07-24-01 10:06 ET (US)     14 / 26       
And we'll probably be bowled over if you can actually read and write it...even if it's just your transliterated name!
GovernorSimulus
Pleb
posted 07-24-01 13:47 ET (US)     15 / 26       
Must learn Chinese and go over there, boost my ego.

It is better to be feared than to be loved, but it is worst of all to be hated.
ZigZac
Pleb
posted 07-24-01 20:01 ET (US)     16 / 26       
I do know how to write very little Chinese. It is definitely hard. Speaking is actually just as hard because one word can have anywhere from two to three meanings. the word "wen" for instance means "to ask"(I want to ask you a question) and "to kiss"(I want to kiss you). I learned by entomology. I think Ice decribed what that was pretty well.

Thanks again for the Luck.

You guys are the coolest!

ZigZac

Ice
Banned
posted 07-25-01 00:06 ET (US)     17 / 26       
And just like any other languages, words mean different things in diffent contexts.....and the cuss-words are so much more imaginative...
GovernorSimulus
Pleb
posted 07-25-01 02:57 ET (US)     18 / 26       

Like bu**sky?


It is better to be feared than to be loved, but it is worst of all to be hated.
DarthBane
Pleb
posted 07-25-01 05:21 ET (US)     19 / 26       
Entymology? Isn't that studying insects?

Muahahahahahahaaaaa......

Ice
Banned
posted 07-25-01 05:32 ET (US)     20 / 26       
Hehe, Darth, you caught us. It's etymology.

GS...don't seem to recall that one....need to think more...

ZigZac
Pleb
posted 08-05-01 18:54 ET (US)     21 / 26       
I am getting really nervous now. I have only 16 days left.
I'm going to take Zeus with me or at least I want to. I'm sure I'll pop in and out every once in awhile.

ZigZac
"When women hold off from marrying men, we call it independence. When men hold off from marrying women, we call it fear of commitment."
Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 08-06-01 03:13 ET (US)     22 / 26       
Trust me, you're going to enjoy it
mouse
HG Alumnus
posted 08-06-01 13:00 ET (US)     23 / 26       
You'll have a wonderful time and make alot of new friends It's natural to be a bit worried but it will turn into a great adventure Be sure to take alot of pictures to show once your get back home
ZigZac
Pleb
posted 08-17-01 17:01 ET (US)     24 / 26       
I am really excited to go. I only have 4 days left.(counting today) I will try to pop in and out while I am gone.

I am finished with my latest adventure and would appreciate anyone who would like to test it for me.

Thanks for Everything

You Guys Are The Best!!


ZigZac
"When women hold off from marrying men, we call it independence. When men hold off from marrying women, we call it fear of commitment."
ZigZac
Pleb
posted 08-26-01 19:56 ET (US)     25 / 26       
They messed up my visa and I can't leave until the 6th of Sept. I am so angry about how my exchange has been handled. Oh well. I am still going. I am excited about that.

Thanks for all the help you guys have been.

Don't forget to check my new adventure in the Zeus Heaven Download Section. Tell me if you guys like it, please.

Thanks Again


ZigZac
"When women hold off from marrying men, we call it independence. When men hold off from marrying women, we call it fear of commitment."
mouse
HG Alumnus
posted 08-26-01 21:09 ET (US)     26 / 26       
Oh dear don't leet it spoil this great adventure Passports and such can get to be such a mess the government doesn't always do these things well
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