Living, Learning, and Teaching in Taipei
Tips on teaching English, learning Mandarin Chinese, training in a martial art, and everything in between...
Living, Learning and Teaching in Taipei (or LLTT for short) was created to help anyone thinking of moving to Taipei for work, study, or play.
This information is aimed at:
1) Young or old; experienced professional or green graduate, rich or poor; black, white or teal.
2) Those who have lived here for a short time but are frustrated by too many unanswered questions and too little quality information about living, learning and teaching in Taipei.
3) Experienced expats who have lived in Taipei for many years but are in search of ways to improve the quality of their life by improving their Mandarin skills, beginning or honing their martial arts training, or becoming a more capable, well-liked (and ideally, well-paid) teacher.
There are many wonderful travel guides for Taiwan as a whole (such as Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, National Geographic, Discovery, etc.) with heaps of useful information for those visiting the island for a short time. However, those wishing to make Taipei, Taiwan home will be quickly frustrated by a lack of detailed information in English for long term residents.
The sole living guide available (Taipei Living) is written for families with the financial and logistical support of the breadwinner’s employer. If you plan to bring children to Taiwan or work for a multi-national corporation that provides relocation services, Taipei Living is a useful tool. But those coming to Taiwan to teach English, study Chinese, or train in a martial art have very different needs.
This site and the companion book aim to fill these gaps.
John’s obsession with foreign languages, cultures, and martial arts have led him across the globe, including Japan, China, Bangladesh, and Taiwan. In addition to extensive experience both learning and teaching foreign languages, John has also worked in government, translation, the telecom industry, corporate training, voice acting, textiles, and web development.
John is a member of the Linguistic Society of America and the Lo Man Kam Wing Chun Kung Fu Federation.
For more posts about language learning, visit John’s language learning blog, LanguageMastery.com.