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  • Cha Dao-The Way of Tea

    Cha Dao-The Way of Tea

    Cha Dao-The Way of Tea

Cha Dao or “The Way of Tea” is about teaching people how to improve their spiritual lives through tea drinking. Mastering the art of tea drinking leads one a refinement of personal character. The philosophy of Cha Dao aims to encourage people to return to nature.

A-mei jams with Hsiao!

A medley of songs from latest albums of A-mei and Jam Hsiao, two of Taiwan's top pop and rock artists, on this week's Jukebox Republic.


Shivering when it's not cold

Tune into Classic Shorts to hear about the story of the famous official Yi Zong and why his name made people shiver, even when it wasn't cold outside. 


Classic idiom - 不寒而栗 (bù hán ér lì) or "not cold and shiver" refers to someone instilling so much fear that one shivers.


“The Girlhood of Taiwanese Women: A Special Exhibition of Textile Products from 1860 to 1945”

Among the unique historical collections in the museums of the world is one found in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung. At the Kaohsiung Museum of History, several hundred articles of clothing from Taiwan’s past are gathered together in one place. This year, a number of these treasures have been brought together for a special exhibition: “The Girlhood of Taiwanese Women: A Special Exhibition of Textile Products from 1860 to 1945”. Here, items of historical ethnic Chinese women’s clothing ranging from everyday wear to school uniforms, shoes, and embroidered home furnishings tell us something about both Taiwan’s past and the place of women in it. This week, museum exhibit planner Huang Yu-chuan is here to tell us about the stories these pieces of clothing can tell us.


A Miaoli County Getaway

Winter is coming to Taiwan. Temperatures around the island are dropping, and the cold northeast monsoon winds are bringing waves of chilly, wet weather to Taipei. But around two hours to the south, in Miaoli County, the start of winter is the best time for a rural getaway. Here on the boundary between northern and central Taiwan, you can still find warm, sunny days, and the arrival of cooler weather makes this the perfect time for fruits and flowers to grow. Tour groups and families from across the island pour in this time of year for a bit of fresh country air. This past week, I joined a group of friends to find out what it is that makes the winter in Miaoli so inviting.


What makes a good leader?

Tune into Taiwan Today as Natalie Tso speaks with Nick Coburn-Palo who teaches at the Taipei American School about leadership. Nick also taught at the United Nations Insitutue for Training and Research (UNITAR)


Little Emperors

How do we characterize China's generation of only children? Tune into Eye on China as Natalie Tso speaks with award-winning author Mei Fong, who wrote One Child: The Story of China's Most Radical Experiment. 


Travelling in Taiwan

“Fitting in in Chinese” is a special series on Chinese to Go, which is jointly produced by the Chinese Language Center of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages and Radio Taiwan International.


Episode 29


Vocabulary about travel



(Ōu fú: Zhè shì wǒmen dì yī cì dào táiwān lái,qǐng nǐmen jièshào yīxià nǎlǐ hǎowán.)

Oufu: This is our first time in Taiwan. Could you please recommend some interesting places to visit?



(Dé měi:  Dāngrán zuì hǎo néng huándǎo lǚxíng.)

Demei: It would be great if you could travel around the island.



(Lǎoshī: Duì! Cóng nán wán dào běi, zài cóng běi wǎng dōng zǒu.)

Teacher:   Right! Travel from south to north, and again from the north to the east.



(Ōu fú: Zhè shì yīgè hǎo jiànyì.)

Oufu: This is a very good suggestion.



(Lǎoshī:   Táiwān dōngbù de shān hěn měi, yībiān shì shān, yībiān shì hǎi.)

Teacher:   The mountains on the east coast of Taiwan are very beautiful, with mountains on one side and the ocean on the other.



(Dé měi:  Wǒ tīng shuō táiwān dōngbù de fēngjǐng fēicháng piàoliang!)

Demei:     I have heard that the scenery on the east coast is very beautiful!



(Ōu fú: Wǒ kànguò jiǎnjiè, nàlǐ hái yǒu yuán zhùmíng duì bùduì?)

Oufu: I’ve seen a travel brochure that said there are still aborigines. Is that true?



(Lǎoshī: Duì! Āshān jiùshì cóng táidōng lái de yuán zhùmín,tā kěyǐ zuò dǎoyóu.)

Teacher:   Yes, that’s right! Ashan is an aborigine from Taidong, so he could be the guide.



(Āshān: Méi wèntí! Dào táidōng zhǎo wǒ, wǒ shì tǔshēngtǔzhǎng de táidōng rén!)

Ashan:No problem! When you come to Taidong, look me up. I was born and raised in Taidong!


德美: 你可以介紹一家安全、乾淨又便宜的民宿嗎?

(Dé měi: Nǐ kěyǐ jièshào yījiā ānquán, gānjìng yòu piányí de mínsù ma?)

Demei: Can you recommend a safe, clean and inexpensive B & B?


Taste Zen in Tea

Taste Zen in Tea was produced by Chinese flute master, Zhang Weiliang. Zhang not only plays wonderful Chinese flute music, but also composes, teaches, studies and writes about Chinese music. Born in in Suzhou, China in 1957, he started his career as a soloist at the age of 14.



Read comic books for free

John Van Trieste and Shirley Lin delight you with ways to relax as the year comes to an end, on Status Update.


Photo uploaded to Wikipedia by user Niabot

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manga#/media/File:Figure_in_Manga_style.png


Vanessa Wang: There Are No Seats for Me on the MRT

Vanessa Wang is a Taipei-based poet from Chicago. She stopped by our RTI studios recently to talk about her life and poetry, and to give readings of her work.


Virtues expected of women

What were the virtues expected of women in ancient times? Should women obey their husbands orders? And why was a Chinese institute that taught women "traditional values" were shut down by the authorities? Find out more in Chinese Culture 101. 


Blame it on the weather

Shirley Lin talks about the weird weather and not knowing what to wear, with songs about the crazy weather on Jukebox Republic.


Interview with Prof.Edward Chen on US-China-Taiwan relations

US President Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in early November and addressed the issues of trade and North Korea. On the issue of trade, President Trump did not blame China on the trade surplus issue as he did during the election by saying that China stole American jobs and that China is a currency manipulator. Many believe that President Trump hoped to persuade China to pressure North Korea on the issue of North Korea’s missile threats. The issue of Taiwan was not brought up as the focus was on North Korea and trade.


Join us on this week’s On the Line as Prof.Edward I-hsin Chen, a distinguished chair professor of political science department at Chinese Culture University shares with us his views on the recent meeting between US President Trump and Chinese President Xi.


An-nung Chen on social enterprising

An-nung Chen was the only Taiwanese and the only female on the IMPCT team that won the Hult Prize in 2015. Learn about her family relationship and her work on In the Spotlight.


Photo courtesy of An-nung Chen 


Discovering Taiwan

The National Taiwan Museum is the oldest museum in Taiwan, a center of natural history and anthropology since 1908. After a major renovation, the 109-year-old museum reopened in November, the latest step in a plan designed to update the museum for the 2020’s. To mark its grand reopening, the museum has dedicated a new permanent exhibition, “Discovering Taiwan”. This exhibit looks back to the earliest days of inquiry into Taiwan’s peoples and its environment, and it traces the stories of the people who helped build the museum’s collection. But the new exhibit is as much about the museum’s relevance to the present and the future as it is about history. Here to tell us more is assistant museum researcher Li Tzu-ning.



Around 15km off the coast of southern Taiwan is a tropical playground- a place of warm ocean winds, mysterious caves, vibrant marine life, and unspoiled views of the night sky. This is Xiaoliuqiu, a small speck of land in the Taiwan Strait that is home to around 13,000 people, many of them working in the fishing and tourism businesses. The coral island’s strange rocky formations, the religious customs of its people, the great snorkeling, and the relaxed pace of life attract full boatloads of visitors every year. As Taiwan’s north grows gray and damp, the winter there in the warm south makes this especially attractive time of year to visit. Today, with the help of local cultural expert and retired local schoolteacher of more than 40 years Hsu Chun-fa, we’re going to meet Xiaoliuqiu up close.


The art of negotiation

Tune into Taiwan Today as Natalie Tso speaks with Nick Coburn-Palo, an expert in the art of negotiation. Nick taught at the United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR) and is teaching at the Taipei American School. He also gave a popular TED talk called Why Negotiations Fail.



“Fitting in in Chinese” is a special series on Chinese to Go, which is jointly produced by the Chinese Language Center of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages and Radio Taiwan International.


Episode 28


Vocabulary about travel


1  舒服       





(Zài jiālǐ hē kāfēi dāngrán bǐ zài wàimiàn hē shūfú.)

Drinking coffee at home is certainly more comfortable than drinking it outside.


2  租車       


to rent a car



(Zài táiwān zū zìxíngchē huò shì qìchē dōu hěn fāngbiàn.)

In Taiwan, renting a bicycle or car is very convenient.


3  自由       


free, freedom



(Zuì shūfú de shēnghuó, jiùshì zìyóu zìzài.)

The most comfortable life is one that is free and natural.


4  怕   


to fear, be afraid, worried



(Wǒ pà qù méiyǒu zìyóu dì dìfāng lǚxíng.)

I am afraid to travel in places that have no freedom.


5  情形       


situation, condition



(Wǒ méi tīng shuō yǒu zhèyàng de qíngxíng.)

I have never heard of this kind of situation.


6  熟   


to be familiar with



(Wǒ gēn nàgèrén bù shú, wǒ duì nà gè dìfāng yě bù shú.)

I am not very familiar with that person, nor am I familiar with that place.


7   地圖       





(Nánrén gēn nǚrén duì dìtú yǒu bùtóng de kànfǎ.)

Men and women have differing opinions about maps.


8  迷路       


to be lost



(Nǐ yǒu shǒujī, mílùle wèishéme bù kàn shǒujī dì dìtú ne?)

You have a cell phone, so why didn’t you use the cell phone’s map when you got lost?


9  習慣       


used to, accustomed to, custom, habit



(Hǎo xíguàn shì nǐ yīshēng de hǎo péngyǒu, huài xíguàn yào yīgè yīgè gǎi diào.)

A good habit is a friend for a lifetime; bad habits must be changed, one by one.


10  安全       


safe, safety



(Bùguǎn nǐ qù nǎlǐ lǚxíng, ānquán dì yī.)

No matter where you travel to, “Safety is number one!”




德美: 可以這樣騎租的自行車,自由自在的旅行,真舒服!

(Dé měi: Kěyǐ zhèyàng qímǎ de zìxíngchē, zìyóu zìzài de lǚxíng, zhēn shūfú!)

Demei: Being able to ride these rented bicycles, travelling in a free and easy way, is so comfortable!


歐福: 對! 習慣這裡的路以後,不用看地圖,也不怕迷路。

(Ōu fú: Duì! Xíguàn zhèlǐ de lù yǐhòu, bùyòng kàn dìtú, yě bùpà mílù.)

Oufu: Right! After getting familiarized with these roads, you don’t need a map, and you don’t worry about getting lost.


阿山: 可是開車跟騎自行車的玩法,是很不一樣的。

(Āshān: Kěshì kāichē gēn qí zìxíngchē de wánfǎ, shì hěn bù yīyàng de.)

A Shan: But driving a car is a lot different from riding a bicycle.


歐福: 我同意不一樣,但為什麼很不一樣?

(Ōu fú: Wǒ tóngyì bù yīyàng, dàn wèishéme hěn bù yīyàng?)

Oufu: I agree that they’re different, but HOW are they a lot different?


德美: 開車可以去比較遠的地方,騎自行車就只能在附近玩玩吧?

(Dé měi: Kāichē kěyǐ qù bǐjiào yuǎn dì dìfāng, qí zìxíngchē jiù zhǐ néng zài fùjìn wán wán ba?)

Demei: You can go to more distant places driving a car.  Riding a bicycle, you can only visit places nearby.


阿山: 是有很多人騎自行車環島,但是對這裡路的情形要很熟。

(Āshān: Shì yǒu hěnduō rén qí zìxíngchē huándǎo, dànshì duì zhèlǐ lù de qíngxíng yào hěn shú.)

A Shan: There are a lot of people who ride bicycles all around the island, but to do that you have to really know those roads.


德美: 哈哈! 像我這樣常常迷路的人來說,就不太安全了。

(Dé měi: Hāhā! Xiàng wǒ zhèyàng chángcháng mílù de rén lái shuō, jiù bù tài ānquánle.)

Demei: Ha ha! For someone who gets lost as often as I do, that wouldn’t be very safe!


The One Child Policy

Tune into Eye on China as Natalie Tso speaks with Pulitzer prize winning journalist, Mei Fong, about her book One Child: The Story of China's Most Radical Experiment. The one child policy became the two child policy last year. In this episode, Fong explains why the one child policy started and its impact on China's demographics.


Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra

Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) was founded in 1985 under the direction of late American Henry Mazer, who came from Chicago Symphony Orchestra and stayed with TPO until 2001. He passed away in 2002 in Taiwan. According to the Wikipedia, in 1995, TPO gave performances at the US leading concert halls, the Boston Symphony Hall and the New York and Boston media showed with positive reviews. 


How to relax the Taiwan way

Join Shirley Lin and John Van Trieste to find out ways to relax in Taiwan as it nears year end, on Status Update.


Photo uploaded to Wikipedia by user 玄史生. Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahu_Park#/media/File:Dahu_Park_Evening_20120929a.JPG


Vanessa Wang: An Apology Letter to My Body

Vanessa Wang is a Taipei-based poet from Chicago. She stopped by our RTI studios recently to talk about her life and poetry, and to give readings of her work.


Top earners in Taiwan's music scene

Shirley Lin continues this week with top 5 highest earning Taiwanese singers in 2017, on Jukebox Republic.


Looking back at the history of the National Taiwan Museum

At 109 years old, the National Taiwan Museum is Taiwan’s oldest museum and one of its most venerable institutions. Since 1908, the museum has been a center of natural history, anthropology, geology and other fields of study in Taiwan. Its current home, completed in 1915, was one of the chief landmarks of Taipei under Japanese colonial rule. It was built to impress, and especially after an extensive restoration project finished in November, it still does. But while the museum’s core mission of showcasing Taiwan’s people and nature has never changed, its precise aims and the means it uses to showcase Taiwan have. As the museum celebrates its reopening, I’m speaking with assistant museum researcher Lin Yi-hung about the museum’s past and about plans for its future.


An-nung Chen, social enterprise co-founder

An-nung Chen is the only one from Taiwan and the only female on the social enterprise IMPCT team to win the Hult Prize of US$1 million in 2015. An-nung talks about her life as the only child in the family and her non-traditional parents, on In the Spotlight.


The Taiwan Rabbit Saving Association

In the Neihu District of Taipei, there’s a building full of jumping and bouncing around. This is the headquarters of the Taiwan Rabbit Saving Association, a group dedicated to building on Taiwan’s advances in animal rights and working for an animal that often falls through the cracks when it come to animal welfare here. Since the group came together in 2009 as an informal cicle of animal-loving friends, it has grown into an organized network of volunteers working to educate, to rescue, and to heal, but also to have a delightful time. Here to tell us about the association’s work and about Taiwan’s changing attitudes towards small animals is the association’s Wu Fu-an.

Be sure to check out the association's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rabbit.org/ for a look behind the scenes at the rabbit shelter. The association regularly posts adorable new videos!


The art of public speaking

Tune into Taiwan Today as Natalie Tso speaks with Nick Coburn-Palo, an expert on public speaking and negotiations. Nick offers his insights into public speaking and his observations on speaking styles in Asia. 


Nick teaches public speaking at the Taipei American School and also taught negotiation skills to diplomats at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). 



“Fitting in in Chinese” is a special series on Chinese to Go, which is jointly produced by the Chinese Language Center of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages and Radio Taiwan International.


Episode 27






Of course, certainly

(Lǚxíng dāngrán hǎowán
Travel is certainly a lot of fun.

To travel around the island

(Huándǎo lǚxíng dāngrán bǐjiào hǎowán.)
Touring around the island is certainly a lot of fun.

Travel, tour

(Lǚxíng bù yīdìng yào huā dàqián.)
Touring does not necessarily require a lot of money.

4.建議 \
Suggestion, advice; advise

(Lǎobǎn xiǎng tīng tīng dàjiā de jiànyì.)
The boss wants to hear everybody’s suggestions.

(Tīng shuō)
To have heard

(Tīng shuō zhèyàng de xiǎo lǚxíng, bù xūyào huā dàqián.)
I have heard that this kind of small scale travel does not require a lot of money.

Scenery, view

(Táiwān zuìměi de fēngjǐng shì rén.)
Taiwan’s most beautiful “scenery” is its people.

Brief introduction

(Nǐmen kěyǐ xiān kàn kàn jiǎnjiè.)
You can look at this brief introduction first.

(Yuán zhùmín)

(Yuán zhùmín de shēnghuó xíguàn shì hěn yǒuyìsi de.)
The lifestyles and customs of the aborigines are very interesting.

Tour guide

(Dǎoyóu dàizhe guānguāng kè, dàochù chīhē wánlè, kàn fēngjǐng.)
Tour guides take tourists everywhere to eat, drink, have fun and look at scenery.

To be born and raised

(Wǒ shì tǔshēngtǔzhǎng de táiwān rén.)
I was born and raised in Taiwan.




德美: 你們聽說下個月的旅行,導遊是一位原住民嗎?
(Dé měi: Nǐmen tīng shuō xià gè yuè de lǚxíng, dǎoyóu shì yī wèi yuán zhùmín ma?)
Demei: Have you heard that the tour guide for next month’s trip is an aborigine?

歐福: 只有東部才有吧!
(Ōu fú: Zhǐyǒu dōngbù cái yǒu ba!)
Oufu: Only the eastern part of our trip will have a guide.

阿山: 對! 那是我建議的,只有東部,當然不是環島的導遊。
(Āshān: Duì! Nà shì wǒ jiànyì de, zhǐyǒu dōngbù, dāngrán bùshì huándǎo de dǎoyóu.)
A Shan: That’s right! That was my suggestion: only the eastern section of the trip, not
all around the island.

德美: 阿山,你是土生土長的原住民,為什麼還要建議東部有導遊呢?
(Dé měi: Āshān, nǐ shì tǔshēngtǔzhǎng de yuán zhùmín, wèishéme hái yào jiànyì dōngbù yǒu dǎoyóu ne?)
Demei: A Shan, you were born and raised an aborigine, so why did you recommend a guide for the eastern part of our tour?

歐福: 你上次做的東部風景介紹,就很棒啊!
(Ōu fú: Nǐ shàng cì zuò de dōngbù fēngjǐng jièshào, jiù hěn bàng a!)
Oufu: Last time when you were introducing the scenery of eastern Taiwan, you did a great job!

阿山: 欸! 我還是學生,上次那是簡介。我這次介紹的導遊是專業中的專業。
(Āshān: Āi! Wǒ háishì xuéshēng, shàng cì nà shì jiǎnjiè. Wǒ zhècì jièshào de dǎoyóu shì zhuānyè zhōng de zhuānyè.)
A Shan: Ai! I’m still just a student. Last time was a very brief introduction. The guide I’ve recommended this time is the top of his profession!


Xi Jinping

Tune into Eye on China as Natalie Tso speaks to Alexander Huang, the director of Tamkang University's Institute of Strategic Studies and International Affairs about Chinese President Xi Jinping and his vision for China.


Wang Lien’s Guzheng

The earliest recorded history of guzheng appeared in Qin, 237 BC ago during the Warring Period. The 21-string model is the most common model and the art of performing the instrument has been perfected by centuries of practices and innovations. Wang Lien has a professional career spanning more than 20 years and has been invited to perform in different parts of the world winning her endless acclaims and awards.


Announcing winner for November

Join Shirley Lin and John Van Trieste as they announce the winner for November for top commenter on RTI's Facebook page and the top museum to fall in love with in Taiwan, on Status Update.


Taiwan's top 3 highest earning singers

On Jukebox Republic this week, Shirley Lin introduces music from the top 3 highest earning artists of Taiwan in 2017.



Tune into Classic Shorts to hear about how the supernatural intervened with filial children as they honored their parents. 


The New Pingxi Coal Mine Museum Area

The Pingxi railway line is an old-fashioned line that trundles slowly through the countryside of northern Taiwan for the benefit of tourists. For people in Taipei, a ride along the line is a popular choice for a day out. The Pingxi area, for which the line is named, is known for its sky lanterns, its waterfall, and the quiet, rural landscapes all around. Despite the steady flow of tourists here today, though, the railway line and the towns in the area were not built by tourism. Instead, from around the turn of the 20th century, coal mining was a major driver for Pingxi’s development. Though the area’s coal mines are now empty and unused, people in this area still feel a strong connection with them. Today, you’ll find  the New Pingxi Coal Mine Museum Area there, a place where both local coal-mining heritage, and Taiwan’s coal-mining history as a whole are on display. As we’ll learn today from museum researcher Yu Pei-hsuan, the museum is both a place for visitors to explore and  for former mine workers to come reminisce.


Mike Veldstra, director/producer

Mike Veldstra is a director/producer and has been back in Taiwan for 10 years. That's because he was born and lived in Tainan until he was 8. Hear his story this week as he begins with talking about his short films, on In the Spotlight.


Photo courtesy of Mike Veldstra on FB


Guishan Island (Part Two)

Ten kilometers off Taiwan’s northeast coast is a high, hilly island that can be seen from a long distance away. No matter which way you look out into the Pacific from this bit of Taiwan, the island dominates the horizon. This is Guishan Island, a piece of land whose name in English means Turtle Mountain Island, and while it measures less than three kilometers square, there is a lot about this island that attracts the attention.

In last week’s episode, we were introduced to Guishan Island with the help of Chin Pao-liang. Mr. Chin is secretary of the the Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area, which protects the island as a kind of nature preserve. We heard about the island’s geology, the turtle-like features that give the island its name, the island’s distinctive place as Taiwan’s only active volcano and its prominent undersea hot spring. We also met the island’s rich array of flora and fauna. Today, Mr. Chin returns to give us a tour of the island’s history. The island is uninhabited and largely off-limits today, but this was not always the case. We’ll also hear about the sights, manmade and natural, that ensure the quota set on tourist numbers never fails to fill up.


Yunlin County Magistrate

Taiwan Today Radio Taiwan International's interview with Yunlin County Magistrate Lee Chin-yung about how Yunlin County is promoting the New Southbound Policy. The program is a part of Radio Taiwan International's series of interviews with city mayors and county magistrates about the promotion of ties with Southeat Asia, South Asia, New Zealand and Australia.


Yunlin County is Taiwan's largest agricultural county. As such, it is working to promote its agricultural products in Southeast Asia by participating in expos and coopeartion with local organizations. As many of the countries of Southeast Asia are Muslim, Yunli County is working with Malaysian authorities on establishing the Halal certification process in Yunlin. 


Yunlin is also home to over 15,000 new immigrants from Southeast Asia. Lee explains how showing respect and interest in their cultures are a key to helping them integrate into Taiwan society. In the Lantern Festival that Yunlin hosted this year, it enabled new immigrants to host their own display which featured beautiful water lanterns from Southeast Asia. Lee shares about how his county is working to improve ties with the people of Southeast Asia. 



“Fitting in in Chinese” is a special series on Chinese to Go, which is jointly produced by the Chinese Language Center of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages and Radio Taiwan International.


Episode 26




At the sound of the tone, please choose “a” or “b”.



(Dàjiā hǎo! Wǒ gěi nǐmen (a)rènshi (b)jièshào yīxià, zài wǒ pángbiān de zhè liǎng wèi shì (a)dài (b)cóng déguó lái de tóngxué.)

The correct answers are: “Let me (b) introduce you. The two people standing next to me are (b) classmates from Germany.”



Dàjiā hǎo! Wǒ gěi nǐmen jièshào yīxià, zài wǒ pángbiān de zhè liǎng wèi shì cóng déguó lái de tóngxué.



(Hāi! Hǎojiǔ bùjiàn! Nǐ (a)yuè lái yuè (b)zài lái zài piàoliangle!)

The correct answer is: “You are (a) more and more attractive!”



(Nǐ yuè lái yuè piàoliangle!)



(Wǒmen (a)běnlái (b)hòulái jīntiān yào qù páshān,(a)yuánlái (b)hòulái yīnwèi xià yǔ suǒyǐ qǔxiāole.)

The correct answers are: “We (a) originally wanted to clim(b)mountains today, (b) then later gave up the ide(a)due to rain.”



(Wǒmen běnlái jīntiān yào qù páshān, hòulái yīnwèi xià yǔ suǒyǐ qǔxiāole.)



(Xīngqítiān,(a) wèn (b) ràng nǐ lái bāng wǒ bānjiā, zhēn de bù hǎoyìsi.)

The correct answer is: “(a) Letting you come help me move is (a)little embarrassing.”



(Ràng nǐ lái bāng wǒ bānjiā, zhēn de bù hǎoyìsi.)




(Zhè shì xiàn mò de kāfēi, nǐ yào hē (a) dàxiǎo (b) duōshǎo, jiù zhǔ (a) dàxiǎo (b) duōshǎo, bùyào yīcì zhǔ tài duō, yào hē zài zhǔ.)

The correct answers are: “However (b) much you want to drink, that’s how (b) much to make.”



(Nǐ yào hē duōshǎo, jiù zhǔ duōshǎo)



(Nǐ yào de shū, zhǐyǒu xuéxiào fùjìn de shūdiàn (a) cái (b) jiù yǒu.)

The correct answer is: “(a) Only the bookstore near the school will have it.”



(Zhǐyǒu xuéxiào fùjìn de shūdiàn cái yǒu)


At the sound of the tone, please choose “a” or “b”.


  1. 大家好,我是金貝山

(Dàjiā hǎo, wǒ shì jīn bèishān)


(a)    你們可以叫我阿山

(nǐmen kěyǐ jiào wǒ āshān.)



  (dànshì chángcháng zhèyàng, shēntǐ huì shòu bùliǎo.)


The correct answer is: 大家好,我是金貝山,你們可以叫我阿山。

(Dàjiā hǎo, wǒ shì jīn bèishān, nǐmen kěyǐ jiào wǒ āshān)


“Hello everyone, I am Jin Beishan! (a) You can call me (A)Shan.”


  1. 台灣到處都有吃吃喝喝的店,每天吃一家都行,

(Táiwān dàochù dōu yǒu chīchīhēhē de diàn, měitiān chī yījiā dōu xíng,)



(tā lái táiwān cái bànnián)



     (dànshì chángcháng zhèyàng, shēntǐ huì shòu bùliǎo.)


The correct answer is:



(Táiwān dàochù dōu yǒu chīchīhēhē de diàn, měitiān chī yījiā dōu xíng, dànshì chángcháng zhèyàng, shēntǐ huì shòu bùliǎo.)


“Everywhere in Taiwan there are places with things to eat and drink. It is possible to eat at (a) different place every day, (b) but if you do it too often your health will suffer.”


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Photo credit: http://bit.ly/2ipFcCb


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Episode 25


Listening to a story


This story is a review of lessons one to four. Please listen and answer the five questions following the story.


(Zhè shì wǒ dì yī cì lái táiwān, gāoxióng rén jiù xiàng nán táiwān de tàiyáng yīyàng rèqíng.)


(Wǒ yīxià fēijī, wǒ de táiwān nǚ péngyǒu jiù lái jīchǎng jiē wǒ. Wǒ hé āyù shì zài yīngguó rènshi de, tā shì wǒ de tóngxué, yěshì wǒ de zhōngwén lǎoshī. Wǒ dǎsuàn zài gāoxióng dài yī gè xīngqí, zhù zài āyù jiā, ránhòu zài hé āyù yīqǐ huí yīngguó. Wǒmen xiān qù yínháng huàn táibì, jiù dào āyù jiā qù chīfànle. Gēn āyù de jiārén jiànmiàn, wǒ fēicháng jǐnzhāng. Āyù jiào wǒ fàng qīngsōng, rúguǒ tīng bù dǒng zhōngwén, shénme dōu bùyòng shuō, wéixiào, diǎntóu jiù hǎole.)


(Āyù de fùmǔ hěn qīnqiè, dìdì mèimei hěn ài shuōhuà. Zìwǒ jièshào wánliǎo yǐhòu, jiù kāishǐ chīfàn. Āyù de fùmǔ shuō de zhōngwén wǒ tīng bù dǒng, wǒ jiù yīzhí wéixiào, diǎntóu, wǎn lǐ de cài yuè lái yuè duō, tāmen yīzhí shuō 'chī, chī, chī'. Āyù de bàba nále liǎng píng táiwān píjiǔ, jiào wǒ 'gān, gān, gān'. Rúguǒ wǒ méi hē wán bēizi lǐ de jiǔ, tā bàba jiù bù gāoxìng. Hǎobù róngyì, wǎncān jiéshùle. Tā bàba dǎkāi diànshì, ná chū màikèfēng, dìdì mèimei kāishǐ yībiān kàn diànshì, yībiān chànggē, zhè jiùshì kǎlā OK).


(Lái táiwān de dì yī gè wǎnshàng jiù ràng wǒ gǎnjué dào gāoxióng de rèqíng. Bù zhīdào míngtiān gāoxióng de tàiyáng zěnme yàng?)


Questions and answers


Please answer “Yes” or “No”.


(Gāoxióng shì zài táiwān de nánbù.) (Duì).


(Āyù jièshào wǒ rènshile wǒ de zhōngwén lǎoshī.) (Bùduì.)


(Āyù de fùmǔ yào wǒ duō chī cài, duō hējiǔ.) (Duì.)


(Dàjiā chīchīhēhē, wǎncān hěn kuài jiù jiéshùle.) (Bùduì.)


(Tāmen chīle fàn, jiù kāishǐ chànggē.) (Duì.)