Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

大家好,我想分享一下我的最喜欢健康的饼干食谱。我已经烤了这种饼干几次,每次总是完美的。所以你不会失败。我不是面包师傅,但是我很喜欢甜品。我知道吃太多甜的东西不健康的,所以我一直找更健康的饼干或蛋糕食谱。我找到了这个食谱从YouTube。这食谱时Laura Fuentes from Momable的食谱,但是我在Mind Over Munch频道看见了这食谱。如果你跟我一样的话,你也想吃好吃的美食,可是你也想吃更健康的,我很推荐Mind Over Munch的频道。

Hello everyone, I want to share my favorite healthy cookie recipe. I have baked this type of cookie several times and it is always perfect every time. So you will not fail. I am not a baker, but I like dessert very much. I know that eating too many sweet things is unhealthy, so I always look for healthier cookies or cake recipes. I found this recipe from YouTube. This recipe is Laura Fuentes from Momable’s recipe, but I saw it on the Mind Over Munch channel. If you are like me, you also want to eat delicious food, but you also want to eat healthier, I highly recommend the Mind Over Munch channel.

这食谱有几各种,可是我想分享的食谱是叫胡萝卜蛋糕早餐饼干。这种是我的老公最喜欢的饼干。There are several kinds of recipes, but the recipe I want to share is called carrot cake breakfast cookies. This is my husband’s favorite cookie.

材料:Ingredients:

1/2 测量杯 香蕉泥,大概一大的香蕉 (1/2 cup mashed banana, about 1 large)

1/2 测量杯 花生酱 (1/2 cup natural peanut butter, or nut free)

1/2 测量杯 蜜糖 (1/4 cup honey)

1/2 大湯匙 香草 (1 tablespoon vanilla)

1 1/4 测量杯 即食燕麦片 (1 1/4 cup quick oats)

2 茶匙 肉桂粉 (2 teaspoons ground cinnamon)

1/4 茶匙 肉豆蔻粉 (¼ teaspoon nutmeg, optional)

1/4 茶匙 丁香 (¼ teaspoon ground cloves, optional)

1/2 茶匙 小苏打 (1/2 teaspoon baking soda)

1/4 测量杯 胡萝卜碎 (1/2 cup finely grated carrot, about 1 large)

1/3 测量杯 切碎的核桃 (1/3 cup chopped walnuts)

1/4 测量杯 葡萄干 (1/4 cup raisins)

作法:

  1. 加热烤箱350°F。Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. 在大碗里,把香蕉,蜜糖,花生,和香草拌好。In a large bowl, stir together the banana, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.
  3. 加燕麦片,肉桂粉,肉豆蔻粉,丁香,小苏打于香蕉和花生的拌合。Add oatmeal, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, cloves, baking soda to banana and peanut mixture。
  4. 把燕麦片和香蕉的拌合拌好。然后把胡萝卜碎,核桃,和葡萄干倒下去碗里。拌好。Mix the oatmeal with bananas. Then pour the carrots, walnuts, and raisins into the bowl. Mix well.
  5. 取一匙饼干,把饼干放到烤盘。确保烤盘上有羊皮纸。把饼干作成扁平形。Take a spoonful of biscuits and place them on a baking sheet. Make sure there is parchment paper on the baking sheet. Shape the dough into a circular cookie shape.
  6. 把饼干进去烤箱里,烤12分钟到15分钟。然后把饼干拿出来,让它们变凉。Put the cookies in the oven and bake them for 12 to 15 minutes. Then take the cookies out and let them cool.
  7. 存放在密闭容器或可重新密封的塑料袋中最多3天,或冷冻最多2个月。 上菜前先解冻。Store in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw before serving.

BLOG STUFF

 

Being an English Teacher #shortstory4

本来我没有机会在台湾应聘工作。因为按照台湾的规定,其实我的签证让我不可以工作。我的专业跟教英语也完全没有关系。另外,我也没有教孩子的工作经验。我之前的工作是当会计。我真的没想到现在在台湾当英文老师。我的现在的老板招聘我因为我很可靠也很专业。以前我在别的分公司工作,但是因为我有机会在这分公司教夏令营,我的现在的老板发现我符合了她的要求,所以她安排了我被转入到我现在的办公室。我有信心跟自己的能力,因为我有几年教英语的经验。在我的公司老师被提供了教英语的材料,所以我们只需要根据提供的课本教学生。我很开心,因为我的现在的老板给我更多工作小时。所以当然我的工资就更多。

Originally, I had no opportunity to apply for a job in Taiwan. Because according to Taiwan’s regulations, my visa actually prevents me from working. My major has nothing to do with teaching English. Aside from that, I had zero experience teaching children. My previous job was as an accountant. I really didn’t expect to be an English teacher in Taiwan. My current boss recruits me because I am reliable and professional. I used to work in another branch (but still the same company), but because I had the opportunity to teach summer camp in this branch, my current boss found that I met her requirements, so she arranged for me to be transferred to my current office. I have confidence in my ability because I have several years of experience teaching English. In my company, teachers are provided with materials to teach English, so we only need to teach students based on the textbooks provided. I am very happy because my current boss gives me more working hours. So of course my salary is now way more.

我还记得我第一天教学。我非常紧张。我的声音发抖了。我觉得当时的情况对我更紧张因为我的台湾老板无论出于什么原因坐在我的教室。当时我做了很差我很肯定我不会收到再工作机会的通知。我的老公的经理负责谁能当替代老师。幸好在我的城市,没有那么多老师的选择。所以我再被联系如果我能不能再当替代老师。我挺运气。

I still remember my first day of teaching. I was very nervous. My voice trembled. I felt that the situation at that time was even more tense for me because my Taiwanese boss for whatever reason was sitting in my classroom. I did poorly at the time and I was pretty sure that I wouldn’t receive a notice of re-employment. My husband’s manager is responsible for who can be the substitute teacher. Fortunately, in my city, there are not so many teacher options. So I was contacted again if I could be a substitute teacher. I was pretty lucky.

我知道了我已经写差不多的故事。但是因为我的课本的词汇都有工作的关系,例如,应聘,招聘,符合,负责,工资,什么的。所以我再写差不多的故事哈哈。

I know I have written almost the same story. But because the vocabulary of my textbooks has a relation with work, for example, application, recruitment, compliance, responsibility, salary, etc. So I write the same story again, lol.

Making Friendship Through #StudyGram

你觉得能不能?你觉得你能不能交真正友谊通过Instagram吗?我不知道。哈哈哈。因为我做了我的Instagram账户只两个月了。通过这#studygram的社团好像我有很多同学。我们都在学习汉语但我们的程度都是不一样的。我觉得一点复杂,因为尽管你跟你的Instagram“朋友”交流的,好像你们是真有朋友的感觉,但是,其实你们互相不认识,对不对?你没有亲密的关系。很多人再做新的studygram账户因为如果他们那一天没有动力,他们能看他们的Instagram就重新觉得动力了继续学习。好像有很多人在陪你学习。

Do you think you can? Do you think you can make real friendship through Instagram? I don’t know, lol. Because I only made my Instagram account for just two months now. It feels like I have many classmates through this #studygram community. We are all learning Chinese but our levels are all different. I think it’s a little complicated, because although you’re communicating with your Instagram “friends”, it feels like you really are  friends, but in reality, you don’t really know each other, right? You have no real close relationship. Many people make a new studygram account because if they are not feeling motivated that day, they can look at their Instagram and feel motivated to continue learning. As if there are many people studying with you.

但是也可以事与愿违。他们学习语言的目的也许是想丰富他们的生活但。通过他们的instagram他们能看他们的周围有许多人也在学习,就当他们遇到困难的时候他们能交流跟他们的instagram 朋友就重新动力的。却这样是也能让他们感到压力很大。他们可能对学习语言讨厌的,因为他们感到被迫了一直学习。我看到了一个人感觉他们一定给他们的追随者解释一下为什么他们不想要继续学习一种语言或者不想要继续学习任何语言,句号。我个人觉得你的自己的决定,就是你自己的决定。你不必给任何人任何说明。

But it can also be counterproductive. Their purpose in learning languages is probably to enrich their lives. Through their instagram, they can see that many people around them are also studying, and when they encounter difficulties, they can communicate with their instagram friends and feel re-motivated. But this can also makes them feel very stressed. They may hate learning languages because they feel forced to keep learning. I saw one person who felt that they have to explain to their followers why they didn’t want to continue learning a language or didn’t want to continue learning any language, full stop. I personally think that your own decision is your own decision. You don’t owe anyone any explanation.

我觉得交真正朋友通过网路一点复杂,因为你不知道你的关系是怎样的关系。你也不应该对Instagram太严重的。这只是为了娱乐和游戏。

I think making friends through the Internet is a little bit more complicated, because you don’t know what type of relationship you’re in. You shouldn’t take instagram too seriously anyway. This is all just for fun and games.

我结束复习第一课和第二课的词汇。下个博客文章就是复习第三课的词汇HSK 4上课本。

I finished reviewing the vocabulary of Lesson 1 and Lesson 2. The next blog post is to review the vocabulary of the third lesson of the HSK 4 上 textbook. 🙂

How I Met My Taiwan Friend – Short Story #3

我觉得现在你们都已经知道了,我只有一个台湾朋友。我刚来台湾的时候适应台湾的生活很难。首先我不会说中文,但幸好很多服务员听得懂基本英语。其次,台湾人也没有那么接受认识不知道的人,也也许觉得认识不会说中文的人太麻烦了。所以我告诉你们呀,在台湾交台湾朋友不容易的。每当我去走走时,差不多的人都照顾自己的生意。所以头几个月住在台湾我常感寂寞。正好,我的老公的同事们决定做圣诞节聚会。一个同事带他的台湾女朋友。她的英语不错所以我们能聊很久。没想到,后来她联系了我。我接收她的短信一点惊异了。我以为她对我没有兴趣。她邀请了我来她跟她的朋友们聚一聚。我很感动了。自那时候起,我们总是最少一个月一次见面。我算了她一个我的最亲密的朋友。

I think you all know by now that I only have one Taiwanese friend. When I first came to Taiwan, it was difficult to adapt to life in Taiwan. First of all I can’t speak Chinese, but fortunately many workers here can understand basic English. Secondly, Taiwanese are not so receptive to people they don’t know, and may feel a bit too troublesome to get to know people who can’t speak Chinese. So lemme tell you, it was not easy to make Taiwanese friends in Taiwan. Whenever I’m walking around, almost everyone are just minding their own business. So for the first few months of living in Taiwan, I often feel lonely. It just so happened that my husband’s colleagues decided to do a Christmas party. A colleague took his Taiwanese girlfriend. Her English is good so we can converse for a long time. Unexpectedly, later on she contacted me. I was a bit surprised to receive her text message. I thought she had no interest in me. She invited me to come and meet with her friends. I was very moved. Since then, we have always meet up at least once a month. I consider her to be one of my closest friends.

 

Short Story #2

我小时候,我一直是学校里最高的学生。我觉得我不太高,只是印尼人都是特别矮。所以我算了我的高度是我的缺点。我常常羡慕比我矮的朋友,因为他们自然看起来比较可爱,而我看起来好像亚马逊女人。当时我的自信很低。对我很难接受我的高度。我觉得青少年自然被吸引更好的异性,例如更高,更聪明,更自信。但是我的周围的男人都比我矮,或者跟我有一样高。即使我喜欢一个男生,但他们平常感到下等因为他们比我矮。我的朋友们都有浪漫的高中生活,而我只看浪漫电视节目,想象真的爱情是怎么样。很难过,对不对?

When I was a kid, I was always the tallest student in the school. I don’t think I was too tall, but Indonesians are especially short. So I considered my height as my shortcoming. I often envy friends who are shorter than me because they naturally look cute, and I look like an Amazon woman. At that time my self-confidence was very low. It’s hard for me to accept my height. I think teenagers are naturally attracted to better opposite sex, like, taller, smarter, and more confident. But the men around me are shorter than me, or as tall as I am. Even if I like a boy, they usually feel inferior because they are shorter than me. My friends all have a romantic high school life, while I would only be watching romantic TV shows and could only imagine what true love is. Sad, isn’t it?

我刚上高中的时候,我参加了书的社团。从那里,我认识了几个资深。一个资深对我很好,他有很好的幽默感,他也有冷静的脾气。我喜欢上了他。我觉得我们互相喜欢了。他不是太高了,但我觉得够的。但无论于什么原因,我们从来不是一对。即便如此,多亏了他,我获得自信。只是知道了有人能喜欢我,就让我感动。

When I first entered high school, I joined a book club. From there, I met a few seniors. One senior was really nice to me. He has a good sense of humor and he has a calm temper. I liked him. I think we liked each other. He wasn’t too tall, but I think it was enough. But for whatever reason, we were never a couple. Even so, thanks to him, I gained confidence. Just knowing that someone can like me, I was really moved.

所以,你觉得这个故事是不是假的,真的?我会等你的答案。

So, do you think this story is a true story or fiction? I will wait for your answer. 🙂

Short Story Series #1

accomplishment ceremony education graduation
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

我高中毕业以后决定了想念法律系。我想学习法律的原因是因为我小时候看了法律电视节目。那个节目对我印象。可是我也想学媒体专业。我不知道从系,最适合我的系是什么。我觉得念媒体比法律不仅对我来说更容易学,学费也比较便宜一点。我的父母建议我最好念法律,因为他们觉得我的性格比较适合学习法律。当我听到了我觉得他们在开玩笑。怎么这么我的性格更适合念法律? 我从来不意识到我的性格是怎么样。我进一步研究俩专业以后,我决定了因为我对媒体比较熟悉,念媒体专业会比较舒服。我喜欢的个男生也学习媒体,可是我的决定跟他没有关系。但因为我们有共同有趣,我们能有更多讲一讲的主题。让我更兴奋学习媒体。我真的很幸福跟我的决定。我觉得我决定对了。

After graduating from high school, I decided that I want to study law. The reason I want to study law is because I watched a law TV show when I was a kid. The show has a really deep impression on me. But I also want to study media. I don’t know what is the most suitable for me from the two departments. I think that studying media is not only easier for me to study than law, but tuition is also cheaper. My parents suggested that it’s better if I study law, because they thought that my personality is more suitable for studying law. When I heard it, I thought they were kidding. How is my character more suitable to study law? I never realized how my character is. After I further researched the two majors, I decided that because I am more familiar with media, that it would be more comfortable for me to study a media major. The guy I like also studies media, but my decision has nothing to do with him. But because we have common interests, we can have more topics to talk about. It makes me more excited to learn media. I am really happy with my decision. I think I made the right decision.

你觉得我的短故事是真的, 假的?你们猜吧,留言一下。

Do you think this short story is fact or fiction. Take a wild guess! Leave your comment below! 🙂

What It’s Like To Teach English in Taiwan

当然这是我的个人的经验,每个人的经验都不一样,可是我觉得很多人可能一点好奇在台湾做英语老师的工作是怎么样。我会分享一下我的经验。

Of course, this is my personal experience, everyone’s experience is different, but I think many people may be a little curious about what it’s like to work as an English teacher in Taiwan. I will share a bit of my experience.

在台湾你有很多地方你能找到英语老师的工作,但我建议你们先检查你会住的地方是怎样,因为如果你习惯了住在大城市但没想到你的公司是在茫茫荒野你可能会感到痛苦。幸好我们很喜欢我们住的城市。离市区,高铁,火车站都不太远,所以住在这里很方便。我们的城市是很小的城市,我们的菜的城市。本来,我没想到我能在台湾当英语老师因为我不是英语母语人但因为碰巧我的老公的经理听到我的英语能力就他决定了我的英语够的教英语。在我的城市(新竹)没有很多选择所以不是母语人也可以。

There are many places in Taiwan where you can find a job as an English teacher, but I suggest that you first check where you will live, because if you are used to living in a big city but unexpectedly, your company happens to be in the middle of nowhere, you might feel a bit miserable. Fortunately, we like the city we live in. It is not too far from the downtown area, high-speed rail and train station, so it is very convenient to live here. Our city is a very small city; our kind of city (it’s still a city, though, not a town). Originally, I did not expect that I could be an English teacher in Taiwan because I am not a native English speaker but because my husband’s manager happened to hear my English ability, he decided that I had enough English to teach English. There are not many options in my city (Hsinchu) so non-native speakers would do just fine.

我第一次教英语我是当替代老师。如果有老师不能来上班,经理会联系我我能不能那天来上班。我一点被吓到因为我没有教孩子的经验。但我越教感到越习惯了。因为我签证状态,我在台湾只能当打工,不能当全职员工。但是我觉得还可以因为虽然我只是打工员工但是我的经理还对我的尊重。本来,我只教一班,我的时间表只是从四点半到六点。我恐怕问更多工作时间因为我的样子看起来好像台湾人。一般来说,如果你是白人你应该有比较多机会教英语。但没想到我在这公司几年后,我有机会在别的分公司(但还是一样的公司)教夏令营班。我的老板很满意我的表演她提供我更多时间在她的分公司。我很高兴!我的老公是这分公司的经理的事实对我获得了这份工作没有关系。我很骄傲了。

The first time I taught English, I was a substitute teacher. If a teacher cannot come to work, the manager will contact me if I can come to work that day. I was a little worried cos I had no experience teaching children. But the more I teach, the more I get used to it. Because of my visa status, I can only work as a part-time employee in Taiwan, but not as a full-time employee. But I think it’s okay because although I am only working part-time, my manager still respects me. Originally, I only taught one class, and my schedule was only from 4:30 to 6:00. I was worried to ask for more working hours because I look like a Taiwanese. Generally speaking, if you are white, you should have more opportunities to teach English. But unexpectedly, after a few years in this company, I had the opportunity to teach summer camp in another branch (but still the same company). My boss was very satisfied with my performance. She offered me to work with more hours in her branch. I was very happy! The fact that my husband is the manager of this branch has nothing to do with me acquiring the job. I’m so proud.

说实话,我的在一天结束时的心情真被我学生影响。要是他们那一天的态度很好我的那一天的心情就好了。但平常情况没有这样的(好幸苦)。虽然我不是母语人但我的英语能力已经流利的。我对英语很深的知识,所以我能好好地教我的学生。我也有专业的态度,所以我的经理都于我的表演很满意了。因为我已经几年在台湾当老师,我常常听到很多不专业老师的故事。它常常让我的老公很生气(成为经理有自己的困难哈哈)。在亚洲,有很多西方人来这里要当英语老师因为这份工作是最容易找到的。虽然你不是从自英语母语国家来的,你是白人的话,你应该还可以找到教英语的工作。因为他们对他们的工作没有那么严重,所以他们看不起来有专业的态度。尽管我不是母语人,但因为我有专业的态度所以我能保持我的工作。我的老公常说,成为经理让他发现在世界上有很多笨蛋的人。哈哈!

To be honest, my mood at the end of the day is really influenced by my students. If their attitude was good that day, my mood would be good that day. But this is usually not the case (unfortunately). Although I am not a native speaker, my English ability is already fluent. I have a deep knowledge of English, so I can teach my students well. I also have a professional attitude, so my managers are very satisfied with my performance. Because I have been a teacher in Taiwan for several years, I often hear many stories about unprofessional teachers. It often makes my husband angry (being a manager has it’s own difficulties, lol). In Asia, many Westerners come here to be English teachers because this job is the easiest to find. Although you are not from a native English-speaking country, if you are white, you should still be able to find a job teaching English. Because they don’t treat their work seriously, they’re not professional. Although I am not a native speaker, I can keep my job because I have a professional attitude. My husband often says that being a manager made him realized that there are many stupid people in the world. LOL!

在台湾我在American Eagle Institute公司工作。这是补习班。我听到我的Instagram朋友说他想来台湾当英语老师但他一点害怕因为他常在互联网听到很多害怕的别人不好的经验的故事。幸好我的公司对它们的员工非常好。我在这公司已经做了工作在三不一样的分公司,虽然我只是打工员工每个经理对我很好的。尽管我只是打工员工,说实话我的工资比台湾人全职员工两倍。我也有更少工作小时。他们做工作非常努力。一般来说,我的学生虽然他们来上课因为他们的父母叫他们学习英语但他们真想提高他们的语言能力。我的大部分的学生都非常好的学生。但是当然会有几个不太好的学生。我的运气不太好,我的分公司有四百学生但我的班有三个最难的学生。(T_T)

In Taiwan I work for American Eagle Institute. This is a cram school. I heard from my Instagram friend that he wanted to come to Taiwan as an English teacher but he was a little scared because he often heard many stories about other people’s terrible  experiences on the Internet. Fortunately, my company is very nice to their employees. I have worked in three different branches in this company, and although I am only a part-timer, each manager is always very nice to me. Although I am only a part-timer, to be honest, my salary is twice that of a Taiwanese full-time employee. I also have fewer working hours. They work very hard. Generally speaking, although my students come to class because their parents told them to learn English, they really want to improve their language skills. Most of my students are very good students. But of course there will be a few not-so-good students. My luck is not great. My branch has 400 students but my class has the three of the most difficult students. (T_T)

我觉得如果你想住在亚洲最容易找到的工作是当英语老师。当然你也能找别的工作,才来亚洲做你想做的工作,但是大部分人来亚洲想一边做轻松的工作,一边旅行。我觉得这样是没问题,你只需要有专业的态度, 才行。我觉得很多英语老师没想出来他们的学生也在判断他们。你没有专业态度的话,他们肯定会告诉他们的父母让他们知道他们是不太好的老师。这样的情况当然不好的。我刚听说有一个老师被暂停因为他没戴口罩,呼吸了在他的学生的脸。非常奇怪!在现在的情况,我不知道他的想法。没有逻辑。我的老公是对了,在世界上有很多笨蛋人。

I think the easiest job to find if you want to live in Asia is to be an English teacher. Of course, you can also find other jobs before you come to Asia to do what you want to do, but most people come to Asia just wanting to do easy work while traveling. I think it’s not a problem, but you just need to have a professional attitude! I think many English teachers haven’t figured out that their students are also judging them. If you do not have a professional attitude, they will definitely tell their parents to let them know that they are not good teachers. This situation is certainly not good. I just heard that a teacher was suspended because he didn’t wear a mask and was breathing on his students’ faces. Very odd! In the current situation, I don’t know what he was thinking?! There‘s no logic! My husband is right, there are a lot of stupid people in the world. :))

How To Practice Talking Your TL When There’s No One Else Speaking Your TL

我觉得你们现在已经知道了,尽管我住在台湾我没有能讲中文的台湾朋友(好难过)。我只是能说中文在我的中文课,可是因为现在我不参加中文课所以我一定找能一直说中文的机会。如果你也在学习中文(或者另外的语言)可是不要自己讲一讲,你能试一试我的方法。

I think you already know it. Although I live in Taiwan, I don’t have a Taiwanese friend who I can speak Chinese with (so sad). I can only speak Chinese in my Chinese class, but because I am not attending Chinese class anymore, I have to find an opportunity to speak Chinese. I think if you are also learning Chinese (or other languages), but you feel a bit awkward to talk to yourself, you can try my method.

  1. 如果你还没自信跟母语人说话,你能在Hello Talk APP先写你的故事然后录音你在讲那故事。平时会有母语人帮你改正你的错误。你录音你在说中文的话是因为你想要你的嘴子习惯说中文,所以说错了也没问题。If you are not confident in speaking with native speakers, you can write your story first in the Hello Talk APP and then record the story you are telling. Usually a native speaker will help you correct your mistakes. You record what you are saying in Chinese because you want your mouth to get used to speaking Chinese, so it ’s okay to say it wrong.
  2. 如果你有自信跟母语人说话,你能从Hello Talk APP找到语伴朋友(确保你写在你的个人资料, 你想找到语伴朋友)或者从italki.com (the discussion forum)找语伴朋友(免费的),也能找母语人老师(一定付钱)。If you are confident to speak with a native speaker you can find a language partner from the Hello Talk APP (make sure you write that you want to find a language partner on your profile) or find a language partner from italki.com (the discussion forum) (for free), you can also find a native speaker teacher (need to pay).
  3. 如果你还是初学者的话,你能试试看Pimsleur APP。在这app,你一定录音自己说中文模拟母语人的说话。或者你试试看写一个句子,就通过Google Translate APP练习你的发音和声调。我的HSK 4的app有这样的功能但是需要付的,但你应该可以自己试试看。If you are still a beginner, you can try Pimsleur APP. In this app, you must record your own spoken Chinese to simulate a native speaker’s speech. Or you can try to write a sentence and practice your pronunciation and intonation through the Google Translate APP. My HSK 4 app has such a function but needs to be paid, but you should be able to try it yourself.
  4. 使用一些Youtube视频一下。有很多学习汉语的视频能帮助你的说话力。我最喜欢的频道是Everyday Chinese, Mandarin Corner, Mandarin MadeEZ by ChinesePod, 或者你也可能已经有自己最喜欢的YouTube频道。Use some Youtube videos. There are many learning Chinese videos to help you speak. My favorite channels are Everyday Chinese, Mandarin Corner, Mandarin MadeEZ by ChinesePod, or you may already have your favorite YouTube channel.

我常看到我追随的Instagram账户说他们很喜欢学习中文但很害怕说中文。我觉得太可惜因为学习语言的目标到底是用那种语言想跟别人交流。我真鼓励朋友们都更常练习说话。^.^

I often see the Instagram accounts I follow saying that they like learning Chinese very much but are afraid to speak Chinese. I think it’s a bit of a shame cos the goal of learning a language is to use that language to communicate with others. I really encourage you guys to practice speaking more often. ^.^

Resources for Intermediate Level Chinese

我发现了在网路上没有很多中级的资源为自学汉语的人。大部分资源时为初级水平。现在我在中级程度,而因为我决定要继续自学韩语(之前我参加了一家台湾语言中心的中文课),我得通过网路找中级的资源。这些是我亲身使用的资源。

I found that there are not many intermediate level resources on the Internet for people who are learning Chinese by themselves. Most resources are for beginner level. Now that I’m at an intermediate level, and because I decided to continue to learn Korean by myself (I previously took a Chinese class at a Taiwan language center), I had to find intermediate resources through the Internet. These are the resources I personally use.

  1. 有上课的感觉 -》zerotohero.teachable.com (一定也买本书)
  2. 一边玩一边学习的感觉 -》Language Learning with Netflix Google Chrome Extension
  3. 如果你花太多的时间在Youtube -》Thomas阿福, Mandarin Corner(我很喜欢他们的视频,除了很有意思,也很好用),MYBY孟言布语,等等。
  4. 如果你喜欢读一读 -》DuChinese app, lingQ.com
  5. 在哪里能找到语言交换朋友呢?-》italki.com – click Community – go to Discussions, there you can find a few (or a lot!) Chinese people looking for language exchange partners (I found mine there), Hello Talk (be sure to be detailed in your bio on your intention to find a language exchange partner that you want to Skype with once or twice a week for an hour, half an hour in each other’s languages. Keep it professional and don’t waste anyone’s time).
  6. 如果你想练习写汉语,当然你能写亲身日记或者做我做的,并开始自己的博客。If you want to practice writing Chinese, of course you can write a personal diary or do what I do and start your own blog.

如果你找到其他的资源,请分享一下!谢谢你们看我的博客。

If you found other resources, please do share! Thank you for reading my blog.

What Does It Feels Like To Learn Chinese in an Intense Chinese Class in Taiwan

我觉得大家都知道我常常抱怨我的台湾的中文课的功课太多了,让我不要下去参加中文课。我会给大家分享我每天参加中文课的时间表。你让我知道,你觉得这样的时间表怎么样?

I think everyone knows that I often complain that my Taiwan Chinese class has too much homework, it makes me not want to continue to attend the next Chinese class. I will share with you my daily Chinese class schedule. Let me know, what do you think of this schedule?

每天我们九点十分上课到十二点。下课以后,我常马上去吃中饭,就去上班工作。我六点下班回家,吃晚饭,写功课到半夜。这是我工作日的时间表。我不知道其他同学的时间表是怎么样,他们有比较多时间,可能下课后去吃午饭,小睡一下,就写功课。我不能休息因为我有工作。我把星期六当休息日,不必写任何功课/作业。周天我一定把所有的作业写完。

Every day we have classes from 9:10 to 12:00. After class, I often immediately go to have lunch and then go to work. I came home from work at six o’clock, had dinner, and wrote my homework until midnight. This is the schedule for my working day. I don’t know the  other students’ schedule. They have more time. They probably go to lunch, take a nap, and write their homework after class. I can’t have a break cos I have a job. I use Saturday as a rest day so I don’t have to write any homework. Every Sunday I have to finish my assignments.

我们的课本每章有两个部分,一个部分是对话,另外是故事。我们会练习对话的部分。每个人一定说课本的对话的部分的话但不能看,所以你一定记得所有的说话在对话里。然后,对于故事,因为故事很长(有三段),老师会分开我们到三组,每组有两三个人。因为我们不知道谁会讲哪一个段,所以我们应该记得一切的。老师会给我们计时,我们一定三分钟半说完了。

Each chapter of our textbook has two parts, one is a dialogue and the other is a story. We would practice the dialogue part. Everyone must speak the dialogue in the textbook but you can’t look, so you better remember all the words in the dialogue. Then, for the story, because the story is very long (three paragraphs), the teacher will divide us into three groups, each group has two or three people. Because we don’t know who will speak which paragraph, we should remember everything. The teacher will time us, we have to finish reading the story in under 3,5 minutes.

每个周末大家都必须写报告,就每个星期二口头报告了。每个星期我们会有小考。听写考对于那个章的词汇(经常每章有40++生词)和语法考。另外,我们每天有很多功课。老师经常不用课本的问题,她给我们她自己写了的作业。平常每个语法的部分我们一定写三到六句子。每天也必须练习说话,有时候老师会给我们作业,她会给我们几个问题,我们一定录音那个问题的答案。

Everyone must write a presentation (400 words essay and the power point that goes with it) every weekend, and give a presentation every Tuesday. Every week we would have a quiz. Dictation test for vocabulary (often there are 40 ++ new words per chapter) and grammar test for that chapter. Besides that, we also have a lot of homework every day. The teacher often didn’t use textbooks, she gave us homework that she wrote herself. We usually need write three to six sentences for each part of grammar. Every day we must practice speaking, sometimes the teacher will give us homework, she will give us a few questions, we must record the answer to that question.

不奇怪,我们的压力很大。但是,我只在那个课六个月可是我对中文语法很深,我的说话力越来越好。当然,我们的进步取决于自己的努力。我对学习中文非常努力。我甚至在学校没有那么努力学习。真的对我的心里很好。我很焦点了。

Unsurprisingly, we were so stressed. BUT, I have only been in that class for six months but I have a deep understanding of Chinese grammar and my speaking ability is getting better and better. Of course, our progress really depends on our own efforts. I work very hard to learn Chinese. I didn’t even study as hard at school. It’s really good for my mentality. I was very focused.

我不要下去的原因,除了压力太大了另外,也因为学费太贵了。我把学费自己付了。因为我们明年要搬到英国,我亲身觉得我不应该花很多钱。如果你对在台湾学习中文有兴趣,请注意台湾用繁体。我知道全世界用简体,所以我决定了换成简体。我会告诉你们中文课的学费(在新竹清华大学语言中心的)。每个班花三个月,一个班的学费是三万四千太远左右。

The reason why I don’t want to continue is the stress is too much and the tuition is too expensive. I paid for the tuition myself. Because we are moving to the UK next year, I personally feel that I shouldn’t be spending so much money. If you are interested in learning Chinese in Taiwan, please note that Taiwanese uses traditional Chinese. I know that the world uses simplified Chinese, that’s why I decided to switch to simplified Chinese. I will let you know the tuition fees for my Chinese class (at the Language Center of Tsinghua University in Hsinchu). Each class takes three months, and the tuition fee for one class is around NTD 34,000.