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What was the hardest thing to get used to when you first came to Taiwan?
That's a good one.
So I've been in Taiwan for two years now, working at Foresight.
And I remember the big culture shock coming to Taiwan because I thought everything would be quite similar.
Holidays, you know, things like that, but I was wrong.
So we really have to do some research, and maybe talk to people who have been here for a while about, you know, what actually happens in Taiwan.
So within the school system, the holidays are a little bit different, but at the same time we get a big break during the winter holiday, which is the Chinese New Year.
So it kind of makes up for it, so it just takes some getting used to.
Hardest thing to get used to?
Honestly, it's the humidity.
Like, even though I'm from a tropical country, the humidity here is next level.
Because in Taipei we're in like a basin, and it traps in the humidity.
Like, I thought coming from Australia, "Okay, it's hot, I've got this."
But I've swapped out my wardrobe to more breathable clothing.
But once you get used to it, you're fine.
Probably not having a car anymore!
I used to have a car in America, so it's just now I have to plan when to get on the bus before, but I actually prefer it because now I don't have insurance, I don't have car payments.
I don't have to pay for gas, so it's really great.
For me personally, it was the walking because I'm so used to getting in my car and just driving everywhere.
And I thought, "wait, what? I have to figure out how to get somewhere?"
So for me, it was navigating around.
For me, personally, I'm really bad with directions.
And so, even if I've been to the same place a hundred times, I'll still ask, "how do I get there?"
And so for me, that was the hardest thing.
But because of how everything is set up here in Taiwan, I found it actually really easy to learn quickly how to get around.
So after a while I thought, "oh okay, not too bad, I know where I'm at. I know how to get where I have to go."
But for me, I guess that was the first hardest thing!
I think the hardest things to get used to is the time difference between back home.
It's really difficult to keep in touch with people when you have a 12, 13, 14 hour time difference.
And you're trying to celebrate holidays together or you're trying to share big news...
This coordinating between those two things makes it really difficult.
The culture.
Yeah, the culture. It's very different from where I'm from.
I had to relearn what is the definition of a culture here in Taiwan because it's not my culture, you know.
It's like, they eat with chopsticks, I eat with spoon.
Even though they eat rice three times a day, but I need to learn how to to use chopsticks.
Yeah, that was very hard.



Adjusting to Living in Taipei, Taiwan (Teaching ESL 2019)

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Annie Chien 2019 年 11 月 4 日 に公開
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