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  • 普悠瑪號首進台東(1)

    Puyuma Express

    The new Puyuma line makes its first arrival in Taitung on Friday. (CNA)

  • 有機蔬果餐飲競賽(2)

    Organic appeal

    New Taipei City promotes organic vegetables in a competition. (CNA)

  • 高雄艦下水(1)

    New launch

    The CG129, a 3000-ton coast guard vessel, was launched in Kaohsiung on Friday. (CNA)

  • 到動物醫院認養毛小孩

    Our newest member of the family!

    Taichung City Government is placing abandoned dogs at vetenarians for shelter and adoption. (CNA)

  • 宜蘭第一鮪 民眾免費嘗鮮

    Fresh and tasty

    Free samples of a 135kg tuna were offered after it was sold for NT$710,000 in Yilan. (CNA)

  • 新藝博VIP之夜(3)

    Art Revolution Taipei

    Art Revolution Taipei exhibition opens, featuring works by 280 artists from 48 countries. (CNA photo) 

  • 領角鴞幼鳥超萌

    Fluffy and healthy

    Two Indian Scops Owl chicks who had fallen out of their nest were recently rescued in Kaohsiung. They now live in the southern city's Shoushan Zoo. (CNA photo)

  • 抗議民眾籲總統傾聽民意(3)

    Do you hear us?

    Protestors gather outside a venue at Academia Sinica, where President Ma Ying-jeou is attending a conference. They call on Ma to listen to the people's voices. (CNA photo)

  • 2014 馬總統與華府智庫CSIS視訊會議_英文版

  • Interview with Wawa, rock singer of Taiwan

  • 三太子愛臺灣啦!

Chinese to Go

Broadcast dates: 2014-04-17 00:00:00 Host: Huang Shih-han

Broadcast dates: April 17

Host: Huang Shih-han




A: 你火開太大了啦!

nǐ huǒ kāi tài dà le la

(Literally: You fire to open too big!)

The heat is too high!



cài dōu yào shāo jiāo le

(Literally: Vegetables all will burn!)

You’re burning the vegetables!


B: 你外行人不懂啦,

nǐ wài háng rén bù dǒng la

(Literally: You outside of trade people not understand.)

You don’t know what you’re talking about!



wǒ cóng xiǎo jiù huì zhǔ fàn

(Literally: I since little already knew cooking rice.)

I’ve been cooking since I was a child



hěn nèi háng de li

(Literally: Very inside the trade!)

so I’m an expert!


A: 內行人也有失誤的時候啊,

nèi háng rén yě yǒu shī wù de shí hòu a

(Literally: Inside the trade people also have mistake time.)

Even experts sometimes make mistakes.




你 nǐ

you (singular)


火 huǒ

fire; heat


開 kāi

to open; to turn on


太 tài



大 dà

big; strong; high


了 le

1)      a particle used to intensify the adjective before it

2)      a particle is used to indicate a change of state





都 dōu



要 yào

to be going to


燒焦 shāo jiāo

to burn


外行 wài háng

(literally “outside of the trade”) uninitiated; not an expert


人 rén

person; people


不 bù/bú

no; not


懂 dǒng

to know


我 wǒ

I; me


從小 cóng xiǎo

since childhood





會 huì

to know how to do something


煮飯 zhǔ fàn

to cook (rice)


很 hěn



內行 nèi háng

(literally “in the trade”) to be an expert in something; to be very good at something


也 yě



失誤 shī wù

to miss; to make a mistake


時候 shí hòu


Mandarin Speech Contest for Foreign Nationals
How to make good use of warehouse space

Like the way Taipei turned a warehouse into good use. An old tobacco factory dating back to 1937 was transformed into the Songshan Cultural Park not far from the posh Hsinyi District with its luxury malls, brand name shops, and five-star restaurants and hotels. One of the several warehouses on the premise is turned into a big, semi serve-yourself restaurant with a touch of modern art. The name is Xiao Shan Tang.










The restaurant actually cooperated with probably the most famous contemporary Chinese glassware studio in Taiwan, Liuligongfang, hence the artsy style.






























Seeing how fancy the restaurant’s decor is, I thought maybe its restrooms would be worth taking pictures of (!), but no… instead these photos of past female movie stars above the entrance to the ladies’ room caught my eyes. They reminded me of the movie “The Best Offer” in which an eccentric, woman-hater auctioneer has an obsession with collecting female figure paintings for himself and keeping them in a secret room hung up just like the way these pictures are. Have a visit to the restaurant if you’re in the neighborhood. Kind of airy but it’s got  pretty good ambiance.