8 Taiwanese Foods You Have to Try

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1. Pearl Milk Tea (Zhen Zhu Nai Cha)

As long as you come to Taiwan, you must drink a cup of Pearl Milk Tea. The chewy tapioca balls (also known as pearls or boba) mix with sweet milk and a different flavour of black tea. Pearl Milk Tea is now gradually transformed into a variety of drinks. There are ‘Boba Milk Tea’ which represents milk tea with large pearls, ‘Brown Sugar Pearl Milk’, the pearls that boiled with brown sugar, and the white pearls which also called ‘Agar Boba’ or ‘Crystal Boba’.

2. Stinky Tofu (Chou Dou Fu)

Stinky Tofu is the fermented tofu with a strong odour. The fried stinky tofu has a crunchy appearance, and the inside is soft and absorbs the aroma of soy sauce. Taiwanese like to add pickled kimchi or cucumber to eat, or you can also add some chilli! Spicy halogen stinky tofu is another cooking method for stinky tofu. In some hot pot restaurants, you can also order the set of ‘Spicy Duck Blood and Stinky Tofu’, the duck blood and halogen stinky tofu is the perfect match!

3. Braised Pork Rice (Lu Rou Fan)

Braised Pork Rice is a home taste for Taiwanese. This rice dish is commonly seen throughout Taiwan, but the flavour may be different in the north and the south. However, the basic ingredients remain the same: the ground pork cooked with soy sauce is placed on the steamed rice.

4. Fried Chicken Fillet (Ji Pai)

Fried Chicken Fillet, a kind of fried chicken, can be taken away at any time which is very common in Taiwan. It is also the must-eat and most popular snack in Taiwan’s night market! It is crispy on the outside and tender juicy on the inside with many kinds of seasonings you can choose, like chilli powder, allspice, seaweed powder, mustard powder, cheese powder, etc.

5. Oyster Omelette (Oh Ah Jen)

Oyster Omelette is one of the most famous street foods in Taiwan but this omelette is not exactly the same as the western style omelette. This omelette is mixed the potato starch into the egg batter with some small oysters and people can pour savoury sauce or chilli sauce on top of the omelette to add more taste. Sometimes, shrimp can be substituted in place of oysters, and it is called shrimp omelette.

6. Oyster Vermicelli (Oh Ah Mi Sua)

Oyster Vermicelli, a kind of popular noodle soup in Taiwan, is a bowl of wheat vermicelli with cooked rich bonito and topped with juicy, plump oysters, pork intestine and homemade chilli sauce.

7. Small Sausage in Large Sausage (Da Chang Bao Xiao Chang)

This is a snack sausage sandwich in Taiwan which is commonly known as Taiwanese hot dog. A segment of Taiwanese pork sausage is wrapped in a sticky rice sausage. Taiwanese usually grill it and add some raw garlic, pickled cucumber, hot peppers, think soy sauce paste to complement its taste.

8. Pork Belly Bun (Gua Bao)

Pork Belly Bun is such as the Taiwan version burger, it consists of a slice of stewed meat and other condiments sandwiched between the flat steamed bread. The traditional filling for Pork Belly Bun is a slice of red-cooked pork belly, sauerkraut, coriander, parsley, and ground peanuts.

8 Places in Taiwan You Have to Visit in 2020

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1. Taipei 101 (台北101)

Taipei 101 is the landmark of Taipei and the tallest building in Taiwan. There is an observation deck on the 89th floors of the building where the visitors can enjoy the view of Taipei. Besides the observation deck, the base of the building houses a multi-level shopping mall, various restaurants, food court, and stores.

2. Xi Men Ding (西門町)

Xi Men Ding, the ‘Harajuku’ of Taipei, was founded during the Japanese colonisation era, and today has grown into one of the city’s cultural centres. This pedestrian shopping haven is very popular with tourists and Taipei youth, along with a variety of fashion clothing shops, restaurants, clubs, bars, and also street performances and exhibitions.

3. National Palace Museum (國立故宮博物院)

The National Palace Museum, a world-class museum, has preserved more than 650,000 pieces of Chinese historical relics which has covered almost 5,000 years of Chinese history. In addition to a wide range of exhibits, the museum also offers a guided tour in seven languages, including Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Korean. This museum is a must-see on any tourist’s itinerary.

4. Sun Moon Lake (日月潭)

Sun Moon Lake, the largest lake in Taiwan, is located in the mountains of Nantou County. Recently, the surrounding area of Sun Moon Lake has been built for cycling, the tourists can not only exercise but can leisurely enjoy the beautiful scenery of Sun Moon Lake. Besides, you can also taste lots of delicious and traditional snacks in the Ita Thao Shopping Street. And the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village theme park is just located nearby Sun Moon Lake, the visitors can get there by the ropeway gondola.

5. Alishan National Scenic Area (阿里山國家風景區)

Alishan National Scenic Area is located in the centre of Taiwan. Here, you can take the sunrise viewing train to see a sunrise and the sea of the clouds, this activity is so popular for both locals and foreigners. Then, you can visit the highest temple in Taiwan, Shouzhen Temple, and on the second floor, you can find 10,000 miniature Buddhas. And don’t forget to try some famous Alishan Tea before you leave!

6. Chimei Museum (奇美博物館)

The Chimei Museum, funded by Chi Mei Corporation, a petrochemical company, is located in Tainan. This is a comprehensive museum with a wide range collection of European paintings, historic weapons, musical instrument, industrial techniques, and ancient objects. The museum also collects many valuable violins and it loans its violins to lots of excellent musicians. More importantly, there are lots of photo-taking spots that visitors can leave a lovely memory in Taiwan!

7. Taroko Park (大魯閣草衙道)

The Taroko Park is the commercial complex located in Kaohsiung, which consists of the shopping area and the amusement park area. This is the largest shopping centre in Taiwan with more than 200 retailers built with European architecture style. Taroko Park is also the first sports-theme park in Taiwan, it offers many best facilities for the toddlers and young children which makes it ideal for the families. Besides, it is the only theme park can be accessible by metro in Taiwan.

8. Taroko Gorge (太魯閣)

Taroko Gorge, the Taiwanese Grand Canyon, is along with Alishan and Sun Moon Lake. It is created by the continual rising mountains and the erosive power of the Liwu River. In addition to the gorge, there are lots of attractions include temples, museums, aboriginal settlements, and numerous hiking trails for the visitors to experience the true beautiful mountain scenery of eastern Taiwan. Remember to take a photo with Taroko Gorge Entrance Gate when visiting here!


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8 Places to Take the Best Instagram Photos in Taiwan in 2019

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1. Zhengbin Fishing Port (正濱漁港)

The Zhengbin Fishing Port, new instagrammable spot in Keelung, is knowns as the Taiwan version of Venice. This is an ordinary fishing port repainted with romantic colours, and there are 16 colourful rainbow houses along the Zhengbib Fishing Port which make this fishing port more vivid. Tourists can snap colourful photos of the artsy houses by the Zhangbin Fishing Port.
Popular Hashtags: #正濱漁港#zhengbinfishingport

2. Xiangshan (Taipei 101) (象山/台北101)

Xiangshan, the highest point in Taipei city, is one of the best places to enjoy Taipei’s scenery. It is very convenient to reach the Xiangshan Trail and then people can overlook the view of Taipei 101 and also enjoy the beautiful sunset. When the night is getting dark and the city lights brighten the entire night sky, people can also enjoy the beautiful night scenes.
Popular Hashtags: #taipei101#象山#xiangshan

3. Tao Zhu Yin Yuan (陶朱隱園)

Tao Zhu Yin Yuan, also known as Agora Garden tower, is the most futuristic residential building in Taipei. This 21-storey building with a special appearance of rotation is inspired by the double-helical structure of human DNA. Here now has become the popular Instagram spot in Taipei and people can also take a photo with the Tao Zhu Yin Yuan and Taipei 101 at the same time from a special angle.
Popular Hashtags: #taipei101#taozhuyinyuan#陶朱隱園

4. Maokong Gondola (貓空纜車)

The Maokong Gondola is the first gondola system in Taipei and the one-way travel time is about 20 to 30 minutes. The three most beautiful times to take the gondola are when the sun is setting when the lights of the city are shinning at night, and in the midst after rain. At the final stop, there are numerous tea shops and tea plantations, visitors can taste Taiwan’s speciality tea and meal while enjoying the stunning scenery of Taipei.
Popular Hashtags: #maokonggondola #貓空

5. Longfeng Waterfall Skywalk (龍鳳瀑布空中步道)

The Longfeng Waterfall Skywalk, the longest air corridor in Taiwan, is a ‘U’ shaped walkway with transparent and no suspension system, just likes the Taiwan version of the American Grand Canyon Skywalk. This trail allows visitors to stay at the bottom of the waterfall and enjoy the beauty of the waterfall, and the thrill of walking through the air on the transparent trail.
Popular Hashtag: #龍鳳瀑布空中步道

6. National Taichung Theatre (台中國家歌劇院)

The National Taichung Theatre is undoubtedly the hottest spot in Taichung! This building is the most difficult one to construct in the world and it is designed by the Japanese architect Toyo Ito. Visitors can not only take beautiful pictures at the outside of the theatre, but the inside of the theatre also has a lot of amazing spaces that visitors can take a lot of photos in there. Besides, the night view outside the theatre is also very beautiful, not only suitable for dating but also suitable for the family to take a walk and enjoy the beauty of the National Taichung Theatre.
Popular Hashtags: #台中國家歌劇院#nationaltaichungtheater

7. Chimei Museum (奇美博物館)

The Chimei Museum is one of the must-see attractions for people to visit Tainan. Due to its unique architecture, a Versailles-style European building, it has become a hot spot for the photo-taking. The square also has many statues with Greek mythology as the background and the beautiful fountain which are also the hot Instagrammable spots.
Popular Hashtags: #chimeimuseum #奇美博物館

8. Siaogangshan Skywalk Park (岡山之眼)

The design of the Siaogangshan Skywalk is inspired by music, the cable-stayed bridge looks like a violin and its steel cables symbolize the violin strings, while the spiral staircases at the end represent a harmonica which seems to respond to the violin in a song. The whole skywalk is not really long, but the visitors can clearly enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Taiwan Strait, 85 Sky Tower, the Agongdian Reservoir, and the Mount Banping and the visitors can also take lots of beautiful pictures on the 8-storey glass walkway.
Popular Hashtags: #siaogangshanskywalkpark #岡山之眼


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FREE Total Physical Response ESL Activity – Upper Intermediate Grammar

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Total physical response approach activity for Upper-Intermediate children to teach one grammar point:

Scavenger Hunt
Having planned a route and hidden objects/clues either around the classroom or teaching facility, students are given a list of clues which all include prepositions eg:

Walk down the corridor to the end, then look behind the poster of Big Ben.
The classroom window opens wide, look outside and see what you find.
If you don’t know where to look, try underneath your teacher’s book.

Depending on the number of students, they can either work in pairs or in a group to find all of the hidden objects/clues.


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FREE ESL Activity Worksheet – Beginner Level

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1. Which is the verb word in the following sentence?

The dog chewed his bone in the back yard.

2. Which are noun words in this sentence?

My sister danced at her school concert.

3. Which is the correct word for the space provided?

I __________ (done/did) my homework last night.

4. Can you name the following image and then write the word?

5. Which is the adjective word in the sentence below?

The hungry dingo ate the sheep.

6. Can you unravel the following word, and then discuss with your partner or group what the word means to you?


7. Can you fill the word for the images in the sentence below?

The chased the before fetching the .

8. What time is it one the clock face below?

9. Can you name and write in the missing numbers for the spaces below?

1. One

2. _____

3. Three

4. _____

5. _____


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8 Foods You Have to Try in Jinan, China

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1. Oil Spin (油旋)

Oil Spin is a traditional snack in Jinan which was first made during the Qing Dynasty. The outer of oil spin is crispy and the inner is soft and tender. Because of its shape resembling a spiral and the surface is oily and golden, hence the name oil spin. Oil spin is a kind of the onion cake and many Jinan people like to have a bowl of chicken wonton soup when they eat the oil spin.

2. Sweet Foam (甜沫)

A very strange traditional snack which has been a hundred years since the Ming Dynasty. Although its name is sweet foam, it is actually a kind of salty porridge cooked from millet powder. The locals also call it ‘Five Sweet Foam’. Among the many snacks in Jinan, sweet foam is the most distinctive and cheap snack. Do not miss to try it!

3. Grass Bag Buns (草包包子)

Grass bag buns are traditional food in Jinan. The buns are rich in soup and dedicate in taste. The second generation of the descendants led the chefs to study the innovation and development of the Lu cuisine and the buns have been added to eight series from only one pork soup bun in the past. When ordering the buns, the staff will wrap them with green lotus leaves so that the hot buns have a special fragrance.

4. Sweet and Sour Carp (糖醋鲤鱼)

Sweet and Sour Carp, a traditional Chinese dish, is one of the representative dishes of the Lu cuisine. The carp produced in the Yellow River is not only fatty and delicious but also has glistening golden scales and a red trail. It is tender and delicious with a crispy crust and a bit sweet and sour. Besides, eating carp is good for lowering blood viscosity and cholesterol as well as increasing immunity. Therefore, do not forget to order the sweet and sour carp when you visit Jinan.

5. Braised Intestines in Brown Sauce (九转大肠)

The Chinese name of this dish is ‘Jiu Zhuan Da Chang’ based on its precise cooking procedures. The main ingredient is pig intestines which are boiled, fried, then seasoned with more than 10 ingredients including black pepper, cinnamon and so on. As one of the most famous dishes in Jinan, this dish is popular for its special seasonings and rich taste which you can taste sour, sweet, spicy, salty all in the first bite.

6. Stir-fried Pig’s Kidney (爆炒腰花)

The stir-fried pig’s kidney is a traditional Chinese cuisine in Jinan. It is a home-cooked dish based on the pig’s kidney. This dish is made by stir-frying and its characteristics are tender, mellow taste, smooth, and not greasy, more importantly, it has a high nutritional value. The side dishes and the condiments vary from place to place, and the taste is also different, some are sweet and sour others are salty and spicy.

7. Braised Sea Cucumber with Scallion (葱烧海参)

The braised sea cucumber is a Chinese speciality, a classic dish of Lu cuisine. The sea cucumber and scallion are the main ingredients, the sea cucumber is fresh, soft and smooth, and the scallion is fragrant. First, the scallion will be fried until it turns to golden colour and then scatters it onto the braised sea cucumber. This dish is full of strong fragrant scallion flavour and the sauce is the perfect match with each other.

8. Five-stuffing Steamed Bun (五仁包)

As its name implies this steamed bun has a variety of stuffing. The stuffing is made by crushed peanut, sesame, walnut, almond and melon seeds which have been fried first and then mix with red jujube, osmanthus-scented jam and sugar to make it more flavoursome and sweet. The five-stuffing steamed bun is one of the special snacks of Jinan which is full of protein and has high nutritional value.


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8 Places in Jinan You Have to Visit

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1. Daming Lake (大明湖)

Daming Lake is one of the three famous places in Jinan, the other two are Baotu Spring and Thousand Buddha Mountain. It is a rare natural lake in the bustling city and is located in the northeast of the city centre. It is an important scenic spot in Quancheng since the Tang dynasty (618-907AD). The lake used to be a popular spot where the literary notables would trade float liquor cups down the stream for poetic remarks. The scenery of Daming Lake is beautiful and there are also temples, bridges, and little islands to discover. You can also take boat rides to enjoy the beauty of Daming Lake and the light show at night.

2. Furong Street (芙蓉街)

After drilling through an inconspicuous intersection near Quancheng Road, you will find that behind this bustling Quancheng Road, there is also a well-preserved and rich old city atmosphere street, Furong Street. Furong Street is a historical business street located in the central area of the old city of Jinan. Although Furong Street is now just a narrow alley, there are numerous street food, all kinds of foreign snacks, and the buzz of tourists all over the street which has made this small street be bustling again!

3. Baotu Spring Park (趵突泉)

Baotu Spring Park is located in the downtown area of Jinan, with Thousand Buddha Mountain in the south, Daming Lake in the north, and Quancheng Square in the east. The most famous of the park is the Baotu Spring, which is known as the ‘Number One Spring under the Heaven’. The Baotu Spring is the most renowned spring among the 72 named artesian springs in Jinan and has a history of more than 2,000 years. There are various cultural events will be held in the park and the visitors can also take the boats to visit the Baotu Spring Scenic Area.

4. Quancheng Square (泉城广场)

Quancheng Square is located in the bustling downtown area, adjacent to many attractions in Jinan, west to Baotu Spring, south to Thousand Buddha Mountain, east to Liberation Pavilion, and north to Jinan Moat. The location can be said to be quite good. There are also a large number of shopping malls, restaurants, and hotels around Quancheng Square where you can travel, go shopping and taste delicious food at the same time. The square also has nearly 100,000 square meters of green space, providing the public with an evergreen urban garden.

5. Black Tiger Spring (黑虎泉)

Black Tiger Spring is one of the four major spring groups in Jinan. It is located in Jinan Huancheng Park and east of Quancheng Square. Black Tiger Spring is the most imposing in Jinan Spring Water and its spring water volume is second only to Baotu Spring. Black Tiger Spring gets its name from the tiger roaring sound when three tigers spit out water into the moat. The local people have a tradition of fetching water from the Black Tiger Spring, therefore, you can taste the Black Tiger Spring by having a tea made with it at the teahouse next door. Besides, on the east side of the spring source, there are two giant tigers which you can take a photo with.

6. Thousand Buddha Mountain (千佛山)

The Thousand Buddha Mountain is a hill located in the south of Jinan City and it is famous for its many ancient Buddha statues. Here, you can enter the cave which has nearly 30,000 Buddha statues to explore the mystery of ancient arts, go to the Xingguochan Temple to pray for blessings, or climb to the top of the mountain overlooking the panoramic view of Jinan City. Every year on the third day of the third lunar month and the ninth of September, there will be a grand temple festival in the Thousand Buddha Mountain where the tourists can see various performances, taste a variety of snacks, and can also pray for blessings.

7. Sacred Heart Cathedral (洪家楼耶稣圣心主教座堂)

The Sacred Heart Cathedral, commonly called the Hongjialou Cathedral, is located in the eastern district of Jinan. It has a history of 100 years and it is the largest Catholic church in North China and the landmark of Jinan. Its nearly 60-meter towering upright double towers depict the classics of the Middle Ages in a traditional Gothic architecture style. Although the Sacred Heart Cathedral is a traditional Western-style building, the essence of Chinese culture can be seen through the traditional craftsmanship of the carvings.

8. Shandong Museum (山东博物馆)

The Shandong Museum is the primary museum in Jinan and the largest museum in China. It is located in the eastern part of Jinan City and near the Jinan’s high-speed train station that the tourists can easily go ahead. In the museum, you can see a large number of ancient artefacts, bronzes, ancient books and calligraphy, oracle bones, and the Han Dynasty stone paintings. After visiting the Shandong Museum, you can have a systematic understanding of the cultural history of Shandong Province and the knowledge of Chinese cultures. Be sure to plan at least 4 hours for the visit, if you are interested in ancient Chinese culture!

Helpful Mandarin Travel Phrases and Words

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1. Nĭ Hăo. 你好
English Translation: Hello

2. Wǒ Jiào + (your name) 我叫 (你的名字)
English Translation: My name is …

3. Zài Jiàn. 再見
English Translation: Goodbye

4. Xiè Xie. 謝謝
English Translation: Thank you.

5. Bù Kè Qì. 不客氣
English Translation: You’re welcome.

6. Zǎo Ān. 早安
English Translation: Good morning.

7. Duì Bu Qǐ. 對不起
English Translation: I’m sorry.

8. Bù Hǎo Yì Si. 不好意思
English Translation: Excuse me/ Pardon/ Sorry.

9. Tīng Bù Dǒng. 聽不懂
English Translation: I don’t understand.

10. Nǐ Huì Shuō Yīng Wén Ma? 你會說英文嗎?
English Translation: Can you speak English?

11. Nǐ Kěyǐ Bāng Wǒ Ma? 你可以幫我嗎?
English Translation: Can you help me?

12. Yǒu Méi Yǒu? 有沒有?
English Translation: Do you have …?

13. Zhè Shì Shén Me? 這是什麼?
English Translation: What is this?

14. Duō Shǎo Qián? 多少錢?
English Translation: How much is it?

15. Tài Guì Le! 太貴了!
English Translation: Too expensive!

16. Pián Yí Yī Diǎn. 便宜一點
English Translation: Make it cheaper.

17. Wǒ Yào…/ Wǒ Bú Yào… 我要/我不要
English Translation: I want …/ I don’t want …

18. Hǎo Chī. 好吃
English Translation: Delicious.

19. Hĕn Piào Liang. 很漂亮
English Translation: Very beautiful.

20. Zài Nǎ Li? 在哪裡?
English Translation: Where is …?

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Summer Nouns – Beginner Level – FREE ESL Lesson Plan

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Summer Nouns Lesson Plan – ESL Beginner Level
Topic: Summer – with recognition of basic nouns

Level: Beginner

Age: 8-10 years

Length: 45 minutes

TESOL Methodology: Lexical / Eclectic Approach, flashcards, game (bingo) flashcards

Language Skills: Speaking, Listening, Writing, Phonics

Lesson Objectives: Learn summer vocabulary. Words: beach, beach ball, beach towel, sandcastle, ocean, ocean waves, beach umbrella, sand, bucket and spade, swimming costume (10).

Resources: Flashcards, summer bingo cards and counters

Warm-Up: Introduction to summer by asking students, if they wish to share, what they each enjoy about the summer months.

Have flashcards with colourful images and their corresponding description words. As an example, flashcard picture of a beach scene with the word ‘beach’, followed with pictures of beach items like towel, beach ball, sandcastle and so on. Have these prepared in order with general beach scene first?

Teaching 1: Show each flashcard image while saying the word five (5) times.

Task 1: Students repeat the words five times together as a class. They then each have a turn at saying the word five times while others listen. Flashcards are then placed around the floor. Teacher says one of the flashcard words, and in teams of two, each student pair moves to the corresponding flashcard. Explain which of these words are described as ‘common nouns’ since they name a person, place or thing, like, ball, umbrella, towel and so on.

Teaching 2: Summer Bingo ( Bingo cards and counters.

Task 2: Provide students with one bingo card and four (4) counters. The children pick four words or pictures then cover them with the counters. The caller randomly calls out words for any of the pictures on the bingo card. Children uncover each of their chosen pictures that are called. The first student to uncover all four chosen words/pictures calls out bingo! The winning student then becomes the caller.

Teaching 3: Whisper chain ( First demonstrate the game with a couple of students and the rules.

Task 3: Organise students into two lines. Beginning with the students at the end of the line, show both students a summer-themed word. Each student whispers the word (example: beach umbrella) to the next student in their line. When the whispered word reaches the last student in the line, that student then picks, from a pile, a matching flashcard image to the word and places it on the floor in front. The group that finishes the number of words (10) wins the game and receives a summer-themed sticker.

Follow-up: If time prevails, the teacher writes up all ten (10) summer words from today’s lesson onto the whiteboard with letters in a disorderly manner. The students then write the letters in the proper order in their work pads and the first student to finish all words correctly is given a sticker of choice.

Homework: Draw and colour an image of a summer scene of choice and mark the images that identify as a common noun and write the word.