My Experience in Taiwan
I'm Dylan Evans from the UK. Sixteen years ago, I got the chance to work in Taiwan for five months. Sixteen years have passed. I'm still here because I've fallen in love with this land.
I remember my first day in Taiwan. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, but I felt so lost. I didn't know whether it was a good idea to work in a different country or not. At the airport, I was trying to catch the bus to Taichung, but all of the signs were in Chinese. I walked to a row of shops and asked the people there for help. No one understood me. I felt helpless at that moment. Finally, after an hour, an old man showed me where to catch the bus. What a first day!
A few weeks later, I still didn't have any friends here. I thought it would be easy to meet people, but I was wrong. I was so lonely that I thought about going home. One day, however, three teenagers came up to me at a store. After some small talk, they asked if they could take a picture with me. I said, "Sure!" I made my first Taiwanese friends that day. It was the turning point of my life in Taiwan. What an experience!
After several years, I got to know this land and its people more. Taiwanese people are friendly and polite; they are just too shy to speak to foreigners. Over the years, I've learned how warm-hearted they can be. I've made the right decision. Taiwan is now my home.
我是從英國來的迪倫•埃文斯。16 年前，我有機會來臺灣工作五個月。16 年過去了。我仍在這裡因為我愛上了這片土地。
幾週後，我在這裡仍然沒有任何朋友。我原本以為認識新朋友很簡單，但是我錯了。我感到很寂寞以致於想要回家。然而，有一天，在一家商店裡，三個年輕人走近我。在聊了些話後，他們問他們是否可以跟我一起拍照。我說，「當然好!」那天我交到了我的第 1 批臺灣朋友。這是我在臺灣生活的轉捩點。多麼令人印象深刻的經驗!
- the UK [ðə 'ju 'ke] n.
She studied in the UK for five years.
- chance [tʃæns] n.
He has a chance of getting into a very good school.
- shine [ʃaɪn] v.
He shines when he sings on stage.
- whether [ˋhwɛðɚ] conj.
Mom asked me whether I passed the test or not.
- airport [ˋɛr͵port] n.
Dad drove me to the airport yesterday.
- row [ro] n.
The officer asked the soldiers to stand in a row.
- helpless [ˋhɛlplɪs] adj.
He felt helpless because no one could help him.
- moment [ˋmomənt] n.
Just at that moment, her cellphone rang.
- lost [lɔst] adj.
I feel lost because I don't know which school to choose.
- sign [saɪn] n.
There is a traffic sign over there saying "One Way."
- Taiwanese [͵taɪwəˋniz] adj.; n.
Stinky tofu is one of the most popular Taiwanese snacks.
- friendly [ˋfrɛndlɪ] adj.
His dog is friendly to everyone.
- polite [pəˋlaɪt] adj.
It's not polite to laugh at others.
- foreigner [ˋfɔrɪnɚ] n.
Many foreigners like to travel to Hualien.
- warm-hearted [ˋwɔrmˋhɑrtɪd] adj.
Mrs. Chen is very warm-hearted; she enjoys helping people.
- decision [dɪˋsɪʒən] n.
He has made his decision to donate ten thousand dollars to the poor family.
- if [ɪf] conj.
I wonder if you can go on a picnic with us.
- turning point [ˋtɝnɪŋ `pɔɪnt] n.
Winning those games in the season was the turning point of his basketball career.