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Here is a list of blogs in English which are about Taiwan. They are written by expats, and Taiwanese. You might find one that you really enjoy. Either way, there is tons of reading here, all about life in Taiwan.

The View from Taiwan: My biking buddies blog. Political:
http://michaelturton.blogspot.com/2010/10/walking-in-old-taichung.html

Taiwan in Cycles: My biking buddies blog. About the bike industry and biking in Taiwan: http://taiwanincycles.blogspot.com/

David on Formosa: Political blog from Taichung:
http://blog.taiwan-guide.org/

3q2u: About life in Asia:
http://www.3q2u.com/

A Blend of Both: Taiwanese-American girl teaching English in Taipei http://ablendofboth.com/

A Bowl of Electric Soup: A photo blog from Central Taiwan
http://crygodforharry.blogspot.com/

A Daughter’s Heart: Christian Religious blog of a Taiwanese girl http://mirandarockhill.blogspot.com/

Notes of a Former Native Speaker: Political blog
http://jonintaiwan.blogspot.com/

I Love Taiwan: Travel Blog from a Teacher in Taichung
http://ludahai.xanga.com/

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ACTUALLY IF YOU GO TO THE FOLLOWING LINK AND LOOK ALONG THE RIGHT SIDE THERE IS A LONG LONG LIST OF BLOGS FROM TAIWAN. THERE ARE ABOUT …. 500 ENGLISH BLOGS LIStED THERE… WOW

http://taiwanblogs.blogspot.com/2010/03/featured-blog-in-taichung.html

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I took a long break from the blog. All I can say is that if you come to my class then you know I have had a hip injury for about 4 months, and that has taken up most of my energy. I’m still healing. I hope this winter I can dedicate more time to my blog, and include some new things as well. Anyway, here is a website with 25 TOEIC grammar quizzes and answers. You have to write down your answers on paper, it’s not a web-based test.

http://www.testwise.com/page/page/4888651.htm

Here is a video which gives some rules to think about when changing large numbers from Chinese into English. I hope you enjoy it. Please take time to rate the video in Youtube! Make sure you watch the video all the way to the end because there are a few test questions at the end.

I found this quite interesting video about tea from the 1940’s. I hope you have time to watch it and then complete the quiz below! The video is about 10 minutes, and there are 10 questions. I think the listening and comprehension level is about intermediate, or high-intermediate level. If you have any questions please ask me.

Watch this video and them complete the quiz below.

Tea Making Tips (1941)
1) Tea storage is very important because:
insects will damage the tea, and contaminate it
tea is a very delicious sensual plant
tea should be kept as dry and contamination free as possible
tea should be kept dry and contaminated freely
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Yo (hello), slang is the bomb diggity (great). Yo ass (you) should inspect these slang quizzes!

RANDOM SLANG QUIZ (this one you can keep playing again and again to get new slang questions. It’s also a good one to play with your friends, because you have to guess before you look at the answer. I think that makes it difficult)

http://www.manythings.org/c/r.cgi/slang

VINTAGE INSULT QUIZ

http://www.slangcity.com/quiz/vintage_insult_quiz.html

MONEY SLANG QUIZ

http://www.slangcity.com/quiz/money_quiz.html

VINTAGE SEX QUIZ

http://www.slangcity.com/quiz/vintage_sex_slang_quiz.htm

Here is another amazing resource for those who want to learn more about their favorite subject, their business products. When you know what something is, but you don’t know the correct word, the Visual Dictionary can help. Just find the category that you are looking for, and then look at a picture to find the specific word you need.

Here is a link to the Visual Dictionary by Miriam Webster. You can choose the category on the left side or in the middle.

http://visual.merriam-webster.com/index.php

Here is another good picture dictionary.

http://infovisual.info/search/en.php

For example, here is a hockey player:

http://visual.merriam-webster.com/sports-games/winter-sports/ice-hockey/ice-hockey-player_1.php

Wow.. here is a hockey tournament for people over the age of 80. I don’t know if you can see this video because it’s not Youtube, but check it out. If you can see it let me know what you think. You can see how passionate Canadians are about their sport of hockey!

http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Sports/Hockey/ID=1252809658

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