Hi Everyone (Anyone?)

大家好, I'm Kate- alternate alias 林潔瑩/林洁莹/ Lín Jiéyíng.  Welcome to my blog chronicling all my (mis)adventures studying Chinese in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (or should I say 台灣,高雄?)through the NSLI-Y Scholarship. What is NSLI-Y (why it's awesome!), my reasons for learning Chinese, and other miscellaneous facts about me!

Gotta Love Visas. . .

I don't think I've ever applied for a visa without there being hiccups, and the Taiwanese visa is no exception, mainly because the Taiwanese visa does not have standard procedures.  Rather, each TECO follows general policies, but has their own unique procedures which can include extra paperwork. Applying for a resident visa with NSLI-Y I had …

We’re Going Somewhere!

誒喲,today I submitted all my NSLI-Y update forms.  They were due today (summer procrastination is really real y'all), so it was good to get those out of the way.  Nothing too exciting, just confirming my contact information, health updates, and the like. We also got our first Weekly E-Mail from iEarn which we'll continue to …

Musical Notes Continued

A little bit of me validating my hobby cause it's TOTALLY NOT just me staring at the visuals. . .followed by a list of my favorites, and some ways to integrate music into your studying

OPI, Oh My

So I had my pre-NSLI-Y OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) today. . . OPIs are conducted in the target language and last between 15-45 minutes.  They cover a variety of topics and often include a skit that you have to act in. For mine, the interview started 52 minutes late (no comment was made about this …