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Where in the world is Confused Laowai?

By Confused Laowai | Date: July 31st, 2013 | Category: Taiwan

It’s uncharacteristic not to update you guys on what’s happening. I’ve been very silent on Confused Laowai, but it’s indicative of change. It’s almost eight months now that I’ve been living in Taipei. So what’s been happening? I’ll be candid here. A shift in focus It’s been an interesting journey this year. Moving from being a Master’s student last year researching spaced repetition systems and Chinese characters to a working as a young adult teaching […]

Is immersion the answer to all language learning problems?

By Confused Laowai | Date: February 25th, 2013 | Category: Taiwan
National Palace Museum Gardens

I’ve been in Taiwan now for just over 2.5 months. So how is it being immersed/living in a country where Mandarin is spoken? Often, when dinner conversation comes up about language learning, especially in informal discussions, immersion is praised as the best way to learn a language. I’m not convinced. As a disclaimer to this post, I’d like to mention, that this topic will differ from person to person. There is a lot anecdotal evidence […]

Year of the Snake!

By Confused Laowai | Date: February 10th, 2013 | Category: Taiwan
Year of the Snake

Happy Year of the Snake everyone. It’s my year (born 1989), so hopefully it wil be a great one (please don’t bite)! Here’s an update on my life in Taipei. Quick Update I got a job teaching English (finally!) and everything is going smoothly, except for a bit of a cashflow problem at the moment. The final stage of my visa admin is almost done. My girlfriend and I are spending the Chinese New Year […]

I’m in Taiwan!

By Confused Laowai | Date: January 7th, 2013 | Category: Taiwan

It’s been more than a month and a half since I announced that I’m heading to¬†Taiwan for 2013. I’ve been here now for three weeks. It’s been quite the ride and my blog is way due for an update! Here’s what I’ve been up to so far. Two Weeks in a Hostel My girlfriend and I arrived in the middle of December. We stayed at a hostel right next to Shilin market. It was busy […]

Taiwan 2013

By Confused Laowai | Date: November 13th, 2012 | Category: Taiwan

2012 is coming to an end (hopefully not the world!). I have completed my Master’s degree and have been planning the next steps for 2013 for almost a year now. I’ve always wanted to live in China. Actually soak in the language and culture I’ve been learning for almost five years. It’s one of the reasons why I’ve been motivated to keep studying and learning for all these years: I knew one day I’d like […]