Titty Tea in Hsinchu

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Would You Like Milk With That?

Hsinchu Tea ShopThanks to the Taipei Times for bringing us this story of a coffee and tea shop – or is it really a bar – it’s not exactly clear – with a rather unique moniker near the Hsinchu high speed rail station.  One might easily be forgiven for thinking that this Hsinchu tea shop is owned by a local unfamiliar with the finer points of the English language but no, it’s actually owned by an American and his Taiwanese wife.  Color me surprised.  The couple claim that the tea shop is actually named after their dog, Titty.  Right.

You can read the full story here on the Taipei Times site.


An Easy Way To Learn Chinese

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Using Movies to Learn Chinese

Whether you’re studying Chinese in Taiwan or anywhere else around the world sometimes you just get tired of serious studying.  Learning Chinese from movies is great way to relax while still continuing your studies.  You’re probably not going to become fluent solely from watching movies in Chinese but it’s a great way to enhance your Chinese language studies, give you break from more serious Chinese study, introduce you to some different Chinese vocabulary that you might not find in your Chinese textbooks and have fun while improving your language ability.

Let’s take a look at how you can learn Chinese by watching movies.

Why should you learn Chinese by watching movies?

1. Watching movies in Chinese can improve your listening skills. The actors in the movie are usually speaking native Chinese and it also gives you a chance to listen to different people speaking. Plus you aren’t only listening to the spoken Mandarin, you can also see what’s going on in the film. It’s much easier to follow a conversation in Chinese when you can actually see the action taking place at the same time.

2. Watching films in Chinese helps to improve your pronunciation skills. You can learn how native Chinese speakers pronounce words and also follow the movie to practice your pronunciation. If you want, you can actually break the conversation down sentence by sentence or word by word and follow it to practice how to pronounce each word.  This is particularly important for a language such as Mandarin Chinese, where the tone is of such importance.

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3. Watching films or tv shows improves your speaking ability. By watching movies you can actually closely observe how native Chinese speak in daily life – or at least in the daily life represented in film.

Read the rest of the article here – Learning Chinese from Movies

Modelling Jobs for Foreigners in Taiwan

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Work As A Model In Taiwan

If you’re in Taiwan studying Chinese or teaching English and want to pick up some extra cash you may want to consider modelling.  Strange as it may sound, the Taiwanese do make use of foreign models to advertise products in commercials.  Foreign actors are also used as extras in some Taiwanese films.  You’ll have the best shot at landing a modelling or acting gig if you are what the Taiwanese consider to be stereotypically foreign – white – blonde hair – blue eyes.  If you don’t fit that description, don’t be discouraged, it’s still possible for you to find work as a model though it may be more difficult as there are many established professional Taiwanese models that typically get the high end modelling jobs for Asians.  Modelling experience is great but not really required or expected for most small modelling jobs.  Unless you’re really a professional model, don’t expect to make a full-time income doing this but at least you can pick up some extra cash for work that is not too demanding.

To find modelling agencies in Taiwan that have modelling jobs available and are hiring foreign models in Taiwan use the Taiwan Yellow Pages or try contacting the New Face Modeling Agency in Taiwan at +886 2.2394.4426.   Modelling jobs for foreigners are also sometimes posted on Tealit.  If you’re really interested in pursuing modelling as a career a good book to check out is Your Modelling Career – You Don’t Have To Be A Superstar To Succeed.  It’s available on Amazon.  Good luck in your quest for modelling jobs!