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Who does not know about ‘Night Market’ in Taiwan? It seems making me remember at the first time I arrived in Taipei, I just wanted to visit the most popular night market in Taiwan!

I come from Vietnam, a country located 1700 km from the south of Taiwan. Thanks to the closeness of geographical characteristic, there are also many overlapping culture between the two countries. We also have night market in Vietnam. In Hanoi, our capital city, there is only one night-market located in the center of the city operating during weekend.

Night market is one best experience of mine since the time I came to Taipei. Although in Vietnam, we have many night markets, but it is different from the one that everyone is enjoy in Taiwan. What I can see here is that even elderly people or little children are also join the night market, which seems rarely in my country.

The night market is by far the most intriguing culture in Taiwan. The night market can feel like a completely different world; I am from Swaziland – a country where people are literally off the streets at 1930 hours.

When you talk about Taiwan, night market is the first thing that comes into mind.

Why do I say so?

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I am from Belize which is the only English speaking country in Central America.  Taiwan is the first Asian country I have been to.  So far the experience has been an amazing one filled with new adventures.  I remember the first time hearing about night markets and wondering to myself why would they have markets at night.  Back

I would always treasure the wonderful opportunity grated to me by the Taiwan International Cooperation Development Fund (ICDF) to study in Taiwan. Studying in Taiwan does not only expose one to the advance learning experience but one also get the opportunity to experience the peaceful, friendly and beautiful  Island.

I am an international student from the Kingdom of Swaziland doing my first year in International Health Program at National Yang Ming University. The university offers mainly courses on Medical Technology and Engineering, the School of Life Sciences, the Center for General Studies, and the School of Nursing and research on medicine and biotechnology. The learning environment is very much conducive enhance by technology and kind professors. Learning is well coordinated in a manner that just highlights the high level of commitment and professionalism.

The decision of coming to Taiwan to study is a life changing experience; one I believe I will always remember. Firstly, coming from Belize, a country whose population is little under 350,000 and entering a city whose population is more than 4 times that, is a bit mind blowing. I’ve never seen so many people at a time in my life! Apart from seeing so many people at a time, seeing so many people riding scooters was even more unbelievable! I was amazed at the development of this huge city and how fast everyone and everything was moving. Whether in the MRT, the people on scooters zooming past, or the pedestrians hurrying across the street before the traffic light turned red, everyone seemed to be in a hurry. What was also noteworthy was the fact that once given a chance to slow down everyone would be looking down on their cell phones. So, if the traffic light is red or once passengers are aboard the MRT, person-to-person eye contact was almost nonexistent. I said to myself, “Gee, what a technologically driven city; everything is moving so fast, even the internet!”

My name is Silvere Dieudonne Zaongo, I am originally from Burkina Faso in West Africa. As a PhD student at the national Yang Ming University, I appreciate Taiwanese hospitality and their generosity.

So far, I notice that in Taiwan, there are more public universities than private. Most of public universities are involved in international program which help foreign students like me to study in Taiwan. We are from all over the world, motivated and ready to share with Taiwanese people our culture and knowledge. That is why I think that the most valuable aspect of the Taiwanese education of colleges is the opportunity to “learn from many people from different countries”.

 
Because of the rapid and consistent economic of Taiwan and China, Mandarin is settling to be the 'language of the future' (second only to French). According to the reports from the British Council, lack of Mandarin tutors has held the United Kingdom back in recent years, and that a new centre will be set up in London in 2015 to increase the number of Mandarin teachers available- with the objective of doubling the number of students learning Mandarin in the United Kingdom by 2019. Also, like any other language, Mandarin has its own slang or terms of expression. However, it is unique in a sense that studying Mandarin- even for years does not really make you to know how to talk like the native Chinese; thus, making it different from many other languages. Therefore, being an indigenous of an English speaking country- the Gambia, where seeing or even hearing someone speaking Mandarin is rather uncommon, coming to a Mandarin speaking country like Taiwan does not only drowned me into a pool of native speakers but has also given me inexplicable natural opportunity to be able to develop competencies in a second language that is of course gaining popularity worldwide.