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  • Hey guys, Iris here.

  • I'm at Shida.

  • And this is a

  • Sunday afternoon,

  • so it is pretty quiet

  • and dead

  • on campus,

  • but

  • we're going to try

  • well, I'm going to try

  • my best ability

  • to find any

  • leftover

  • not leftover, but

  • hardworking foreign students

  • that are still on campus.

  • Let's go!

  • FYI, Shida

  • is known as the

  • National Taiwan Normal University.

  • I used to study in Shida when I was studying Chinese.

  • Oh wow!

  • Oh so I guess you end up staying here.

  • I'm working here.

  • You want me to look at you or the camera?

  • Noanything!

  • Okay!

  • Well, when I came here

  • for the first time,

  • I came because of the language.

  • Actually I was already working in Spain and so-so (so on)

  • so I had no expectation at all

  • I heard about Taiwan because I had a friend who is Taiwanese

  • and I knew

  • quite a lot about it

  • but I wanted to come here without any kind of expectation.

  • I wanted to come with my paper completely white.

  • When I started to study Chinese

  • was really hard

  • because usually they don't

  • speak any English

  • and I could not read at all,

  • write at all,

  • and no I could not understand.

  • There is no connection between my language and Chinese

  • so was quite difficult,

  • but I improved quite fast.

  • The way of teaching is quite different too.

  • I mean,

  • like the power is in the teacher,

  • there's not much connection between students and the teachers.

  • Not that much.

  • But

  • it's interesting becauseat least me

  • I think you have to work on your own a lot

  • at home,

  • to study quite a lot.

  • And the

  • the language is beautiful.

  • I think it's super beautiful.

  • And the writing I think it's really awesome.

  • So

  • it's very nice.

  • The more you learn

  • I mean this is my...

  • I'm here for more than two years

  • you are part of the culture

  • and people much more

  • as soon as you understand Chinese

  • and the culture and the people.

  • Shida and Taida,

  • andhow are they

  • because they are having difficulty deciding between

  • Yeah, umm...

  • (preferably) I've studied two semesters now

  • and

  • at Taida

  • at two schools there...

  • Umm...

  • One intensive course and

  • one normal course.

  • Yeah, it's pretty good.

  • A lot of people went there for schools

  • I mean Shida is the teacher's college here.

  • I think that's one reason people choose to go to Shida.

  • For Chinese?

  • Yeah, exactly.

  • And what about Taida?

  • What are they known for?

  • Being in the top college I guess.

  • Oh being the top college!

  • I guess that's the reason why.

  • So was the the reason why you chose Taida over Shida?

  • Kinda.

  • Are you studying Chinese in Taida?

  • Yeah.

  • Wow, and how are the professors?

  • It's good, it's good.

  • Actually a lot of the teachers might actually have studied here

  • since this is the teacher's college.

  • I would love to try it here also

  • to get a mix,

  • so I'm not sure, we will see.

  • I came here first for study Chinese

  • from Hong Kong.

  • I worked in Hong Kong and I came here to study Chinese

  • for one year.

  • And I've stayed here.

  • What made you want to settle here after that?

  • After, I think, I was done with Hong Kong.

  • The people here are quite nice,

  • and the environment here is better,

  • and then I got a good job,

  • so I stayed here.

  • Awesome! And how was it like learning Chinese in Shida?

  • It was good.

  • The teachers are very good,

  • and there is a very good...

  • how do you say that...

  • academic environment,

  • the atmosphere,

  • And the students were very friendly?

  • Yeah, at the time we had a very big group of friends.

  • It's unfortunate that we couldn't find any

  • current students

  • on campus,

  • but hey, we've got alumni

  • and students who are going to a different school,

  • so now you know.

  • Your options are wide open.

  • 'Cause now you've been here 5 weeks,

  • and was there something you didn't expect

  • before moving here?

  • At school or in general?

  • At school.

  • Well I think the lessons are kind of intense.

  • Uh huh.

  • And if I compare it to my Chinese lessons in the Netherlands

  • I have to do a lot more,

  • but you also learn a lot more

  • because everyone speaks Chinese here.

  • So you learn a lot faster.

  • Yeah, yeah.

  • And are the professors helpful?

  • Yeah, they are really helpful,

  • and really kind

  • and it's also,

  • and it's nice to see what you learn

  • you can actually put it in practice

  • on the streets.

  • Do you live on campus? On residence?

  • Yeah.

  • Wow, do you like living on residence?

  • Uhhh yes.

  • It's convenient.

  • I was hearing that the residence here is pretty old so——

  • Yeah,

  • I expect(ed) it to be a little bit more modern.

  • The pictures look a bit better,

  • and when you go

  • you should really bring bed bug spray.

  • I suppose I spoke too soon.

  • I was able to find

  • current students at last.

  • Now,

  • do I get an A+

  • on this video?

Hey guys, Iris here.

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    Vivi Her posted on 2017/06/20
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