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I am Korawit Chaisu or Ake. I come from Thailand and now I am studying Ph.D. program in Department of Tropical Agriculture and International Cooperation (DTAIC), National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST). My major is Food Biotechnology (Applies Microorganism). I have been living in Taiwan for almost three years since I studied master program.

I still remember the first moment I arrived at Taiwan. Even though I come from Thailand which has similar Asian cultures, everything in Taiwan was new for me. I was excited to learn my new world. Taiwan is a beautiful country and has good study environment. In addition, I love learning cultures for both Thai and foreign cultures. I usually share Thai cultures such as traditional dances and food to my teachers and friends. Thus, I don’t have serious problem with culture shock in Taiwan. I enjoyed learning Taiwanese cultures, speaking Chinese, and trying local food. I like Taiwanese cuisines such as hot pot, fried chicken, and variety of seafood.

 National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) is the name of my university which was found in 1942. It is located in the south of Taiwan in Neipu, Pingtung. They have been said that it is one of the largest and beautiful campuses in Taiwan which is 704.25 acres (2.8500 km2). It has 24 departments and 27 graduate institutes offering Master's degrees and five Doctoral programs. These departments and graduate institutes are distributed among four colleges: agriculture, engineering, management, and humanities and social sciences. Department of Tropical Agriculture and International Cooperation is my department where I am doing my undergraduate in Tropical Agriculture. The school provides dormitory for both boys and girls where it has 8 dorms in total, 3 for boys and 5 for girls.

NPUST has evolved from a small agricultural institute, progressing through all of the hardworking successive presidents, teachers, students and staffs to become a university that is nationally and internationally recognized for its gorgeous campus which is at the piedmont of lofty Mount Da-Wu.

Schooling here in NPUST is the best choice I made because of the weather and its environment around. The weather here in the school is the best which is not too cold and less rainfall during winter compares to Taipei, the sun is always up which makes a fine weather every day. Every sunrise over the northern Mount Da-Wu is the symbol of life and growth in nature, and the rosy dawn of the Lover’s Mound is as exceptionally beautiful as the sunset scenery. It’s quiet elegant environment which filled with green, the tender grass pastures and a fruit-laden garden, indicates an apparent bumper harvest for the year underway. The school has its lake which it view is so admirable. The school life service office where they keep the animals in is another place in school where you can explore and see some kinds of animals. It also has the place where they recycle the water which is the Life Garden. It has a beautiful garden with flowers with any kind of fountains they create which is a very admirable place.

 Hello everyone! My name is Le Thi Thanh Tam. I am from Vietnam. I am now a student, who is from National Cheng Kung University (NCKU). Studying abroad is my dream that I harbored when I was young. However, that dream has come true since I graduated from Danang University of Technology. Now, I am here, in Tainan - Taiwan. This is the first time I has gone abroad, so I experienced fully exciting and a little difficult things. Let me make you get a picture about following ones!

National Cheng Kung University ranks the second university in Taiwan in many international academic rankings. It is amazing how large NCKU is with nine colleges, 40 departments, 82 graduate institutes, and 54 research centers. I have to use my bicycle to move from my dormitory to everywhere in the campus being 1.83 km². My department is Civil Engineering in the Cheng-Kung Campus. Founded in 1943, today, my department has five faculties including Structural Engineering, Geo-tech Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Structures and Materials and Engineering Management. I am now a master student of Engineering Management faculty with International Graduate Program of Civil Engineering and Management (ICEM). ICEM offers a comprehensive overview in a general field of civil engineering, including structure engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, engineering materials, geomatics, environmental engineering, hydraulic and ocean engineering and engineering management.

When I received a letter from the Taiwanese embassy in my country to call at the office one afternoon June 2010 I thought will it be a positive result or am just going to receive a regret note that my application to study in Taiwan had been unsuccessful. To my delight it was successful am definitely will be on my way to Taiwan at the end of August that year. I arrived and was welcomed by a smiling lady at the Airport, so my first impression was….wow Taiwan is not a bad choice.
We then went straight to the Taiwan Normal University for the ICDF orientation program; it was a wonderful start of my International Health Program as there and then are all international students on the same scholarship arrangements by ICDF. The following week I arrived at my University the National Yang-Ming University. Then as the first semester started we did our registration and orientation to what will be my home for the next two years.

 The Most Embarrassing Moment while I Speak Chinese
National Cheng Kung University-Huynh Thi Minh Truc

Time passes really fast. Now I’m the second-semester student. Six months in Taiwan passed with many memorable and interesting things. Chinese is also one of my most significant successes during the last semester. Six months ago, I could not understand the language which people here speak – Chinese is really difficult and inconvenient for me in daily communication. For example, I cannot understand what shop keepers say such as goods type, price and some specifications. Sellers as well as I have to use body languages and digits to understand each other. That’s uncomfortable!

 The Most Embarrassing Moment I Speak Chinese
National Taiwan University–Jorge Delgado

I can not exactly tell how many times I have feel embarrassed while speaking Chinese, but I can certainly mention some memorable stories about it.

To start, I can mention the first two weeks we spent at the orientation course in Shida, because everyone was excited about learning and practicing Chinese, and at the beginning no one really cared on how it sounds, we were just trying our best and we felt like kids with a new toy, a new tool and trying to use it as much as we could.

I remember that by that time, almost every counselor we met already spoke some Chinese, and until now that I understand that they only spoke “some” but it was impressive for us when we just got to Taiwan.

First embarrassing experience was at the classroom in Shida, when we had an introductory Chinese course, our pronunciation was terrible and I was very embarrassed but I understood that it is part of the process on learning a new language.

 The Most Embarrassing Moment while I Speak Chinese
Taipei Medical University- Pachuri Wianglor 

你好Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Pachuri Wianglor and I come from Thailand. I am a first year student doing a Masters in Health Care Administration at the Taipei Medical University. TMU is where I first started to learn Chinese and where I got my first Chinese name in my life[我姓王,我叫王莉].Honestly ,I don’t know the meaning of my Chinese name but I love this name because it sound likes something very beautiful or something good. Actually, I have studied Chinese for 4 months by a wonderful .She is the one who made me fall in love with the Chinese language  and then  to work hard on learning more about it.

 The Most Embarrassing Moment while I Speak Chinese
National Central University-Fiolenta Marpaung

Selected to write the most embarrassing moment while I speak Chinese is a little difficult to me. I could not select the most embarrassing moment in my life because I think I had a lot of embarrassing moments while I was speaking Chinese. As we have already known, Chinese language is the most difficult language in the world (based on I have ever heard from news and my friends who are studying foreign language). Chinese language has a lot of characters and most of it has similar characters which is difficult to recognize directly. The second thing, which makes Chinese language the most difficult language, is because it has five tones (4 tones and 1 tone as neutral tone). Using tones in my language is only used when we are going to emphasize something or want to speak politely while we are talking to older people. But the tones in Chinese language are very different! They use tones in everything single word! A word which has the same Pinyin character but different tone will have different meaning. These tones are very difficult to distinguish when I was listening something or when I was trying to speak something.

The Chinese Moon Festival is on the 15th of the 8th lunar month. It's also known as the Mid-autumn Festival. Chinese culture is deeply imbedded in traditional festivals. Just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West, the Moon Festival is one of the most important traditional events for the Chinese.

The Moon Festival is full of legendary stories. Legend says that Chang Er flew to the moon, where she has lived ever since. You might see her dancing on the moon during the Moon Festival. The Moon Festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems. With the full moon, the legend, the family and the poems, you can't help thinking that this is really a perfect world. That is why the Chinese are so fond of the Moon Festival.

Today, it was my first Moon Festival in Taiwan. Until now, I still feel quite strange with the new living environment. On this festival, I missed my home country Vietnam so much. My country also has Mid-autumn festival, but there‘re many differences from Taiwan.
 
The Mid-Autumn festival is named ‘Tet Trung Thu’ in Vietnamese. This holiday recounts the legend of ‘Cuoi’, whose wife accidentally urinated on a sacred banyan tree, taking her with it to the Moon. Every year, on the Mid-Autumn festival, children light lanterns and participate in a procession to show ‘Cuoi’ the way to Earth.