Study Mandarin Chinese In Taiwan

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Studying Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan

Before dealing with the details about studying Mandarin in Taiwan, we can summarize some basics about studying Mandarin that anyone interested in even visiting Taiwan should probably keep in mind. First, to begin studying Mandarin in Taiwan, one should almost surely speak with a professional Chinese school or instructor.

Casually picking up Chinese by learning “on the street” doesn’t quite work as well as it often does with Western languages which are much more similar in nature. In Chinese, there are strict pronunciation and grammar rules you must learn in order to speak well. After just a few months of Mandarin Chinese study, though, it is possible to improve through self-study and practicing with Taiwanese friends and acquaintances.

Traditional or Simplified Characters?

It is necessary to understand that there is one essential difference between Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan and that in Mainland China: the characters. In Taiwan ‘fan ti zi’ or traditional characters are in use, while in Mainland China, simplified characters have replaced the original versions.

Under Mao, the Chinese Communist Party simplified the characters in an effort (some would say a misguided one) to make learning the difficult language easier for the masses. Many students of Mandarin Chinese in Mainland China say that studying traditional characters is …..Read the full article: Mandarin Chinese Study In Taiwan.

Taiwan Radiation Update

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Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Now as Serious as Chernobyl

On Tuesday, April 12th, Japan’s nuclear regulators made the decision to raise the severity of the nuclear crisis to the same level as the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

The rating was changed from 5 to 7 — the highest level on the international scale used by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The impact of nuclear crisis has elevated radiation levels in the air, on fruits and vegetables, drinking water and in the ocean.

While Tokyo Electric Power, the nuclear plant operator, continues to estimate the total amount of radiation that may be released by the accident, they acknowledged the amount released may exceed that emitted by Chernobyl.

So, what is the impact on Taiwan likely to be?  Currently, it seems that the radiation leak is having more of a psychological than physical effect on the Taiwan population.

The Atomic Energy Council (AEC) remains on high alert and conduct daily testing at their laboratories and detection centers. Every day, the AEC releases new information regarding radiation levels. These findings have shown relatively amounts of radioactivity which are said to be deemed at safe or ‘allowable’ levels.

Still, the Taiwanese public remain wary of eating fish, vegetables and even sea salt. Seafood sales have dropped drastically following Japan’s nuclear crisis, affecting the economies of major Taiwanese fishing areas.

On Sunday, April 10th, Taiwanese environmental groups called for a referendum on Taiwan’s nuclear power plants.  At a meeting held at Guandu Nature Park, environmental organizations the said that a national referendum should be held to allow citizens to decide whether they wanted to keep Taiwan’s nuclear power plants.

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Radiation To Hit Taiwan Today

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Radiation Now Detected In Taiwan

The Atomic Energy Council of Taiwan said on Sunday (April 3rd) that the amount of radioactive dust released from the Japanese nuclear disaster that will reach Taiwan in the coming days will not pose a health risk. According to their calculations, radioactive fallout from Japan will reach Taiwan today – April 6th and will have a radiation level of 0.0638 microsieverts per hour, below the maximum permissible level of 0.2 microsieverts per hour, said Lee Ruoh-tsann, director the AEC’s Department of Radiation Protection. On Sunday morning, the radioactive cloud was located over the Pacific Ocean just 300-400 kilometers off the coast of southern Taiwan. The Government Information Office on Saturday said radioactive dust from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan that was battered by an earthquake and tsunami last month is expected to reach Taiwan on Wednesday, April 6th. Real Time Radiation Levels In Taiwan The Taiwan government has provided a publicly available website showing real-time radiation levels throughout Taiwan. Visit the Environmental Radiation Monitoring Network to get the latest numbers for your area of Taiwan. Radiation levels have been low and stable since the beginning of the Japanese reactor incidents on Friday, March 11th.

What Is A Microsievert of Radiation?

Radiation levels are measured in µSv/h (microsievert per hour). This value reflects how much radiation a biological body absorbs during an hour of being exposed to radiation. When radiation is low the absorbed radiation is low and vice versa. For example one dental x-ray scan exposes you to roughly 5 µSv and by eating a banana you’ll absorb 0.1 µSv (More Info).Any value below 0.2 µSv/h is safe and no reason for concern. Prior to the nuclear reactor accidents in Japan, the natural radiation level in Taipei was 0.071 µSv/h.

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