What’s Around Taiwan II

14 Dec

I. http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=Eng_InterComm&ID=201112130001

Really hard for a 2nd language learner to participate in a speech contest. I am not even sure how well I will fare. =.=’ Here are the first-prize winner’s “fun” moments of messing up with Mandarin tones~ 😀


#1. Miss, wo you yi ge wen ti xiang yao wen ni (I want to ask you a question).

The girl was scared off because she heard “wen ni (kiss you)”~ XDD

  Note: I have a question to ask you = wo3 you3 yi1 ge wen4 ti2 xiang3 yao4 wen4 ni3                

            I have a question (that I) want to kiss you = wo3 you3 yi1 ge wen4 ti2 xiang3 yao4 wen3 ni3

#2. yi1 wan3 shui3 jiao3 (a bowl of dumplings)

yi1 wan3 shui4 jiao4 (sleeping for one night) XDD~


II. http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aSOC&ID=201112120019

I know I should say “Ya Taiwan!” or be proud of what researches in Taiwan are capable of but I have to admit that the article is kind of a yawn to me (:P) except for the following passage:


“Taiwanese researchers will collaborate with their counterparts in several countries to launch the world’s largest neutrino observatory in Antarctica in four years, a project that could help scientists better understand the origin of the universe, researchers said Monday”


I wonder who/what it reminds of! XD~ hint: the origin of the universe, scientists, expedition to the north pole~


III. http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aSOC&TNo=&ID=201112120029

The news is horribly shocking but what caught my eye is this:

portrayal of how the crime was committed matched the blood splatter patterns and his description of how the body was dumped


blood splatter patterns and how the body was dumped~~~ Anyone?! 😛

hint: Tonight is the night. Slice of life~~~


IV. http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aMag&ID=201104250013

Nothing surprising there. Just an eye-catching ridiculously-densed proportion of universities in Taiwan!


“In five years, 65 of Taiwan’s 165 universities will have to be merged or closed, as a 20 percent decline in admissions is expected over that period, according to an official at the Ministry of Education (MOE).

To meet the target of reducing the number of universities to 100, public schools with a student body smaller than 10,000 will most likely have to face mergers, said Ho Cho-fei, head of the MOE’s Department of Higher Education.”


See the figure above! 165 universities on a tiny island Taiwan!! We have 21 (?) counties, 5 municipal cities & 3 provincial cities but 165 universities!!! It means there are averagely 5~6 universities in each administrative district!!!! 23 million people living in Taiwan considered, the total number of universities is ridiculously outrageous!!!!!



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