How Do You Understand Chinese Before You Understand Chinese | Mary Dickinson

Envisage being dropped in a foreign country with no knowledge of the language and only being 16 years old . . . now imagine that country is Chinese speaking Taiwan. That’s what I did. Thanks to Rotary International I was able to spend a full year living in JongLi city during my Jr. year of high school. I learned so much during my exchange and today I’m going to share with you some of the tricks I used to navigate Taiwanese culture and understand Chinese, before I really understood Chinese. LISTEN


1) “White Hibiscus at Night” part two by Peony Su, Creative Commons 3.0 Internet Archive:

2) Background music, Lotus, created with GarageBand and extended from original length. 

3) Photos by Mary Dickinson Jensen


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