An Expatriate in Taiwan


SYLLABICATION: ex·pa·tri·ate
NOUN: (-t, -t) 1. One who has taken up residence in a foreign country.

I live in Taiwan and, like other expats, teach English. I enjoy learning about and experiencing the Taiwanese culture through the language, food, and interacting with the people of Isla Formosa. This blog is my way of sharing the culture of Taiwan with the world.

All pinyin on this site will be done in Hanyu pinyin with tone markers. This is the standard pinyin of Mainland China, now the official pinyin of Taiwan, and what most of the better Chinese-learning books use (including the Practical Audio-Visual Chinese series). It is also, in my opinion, the most sensible and correct-looking pinyin.

You can learn all about the various pinyin forms and find many pinyin tools at