En Route to Fluency

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Graduate School

You Can Read Academic Japanese

Oftentimes reading academic articles in a foreign language can be a rather intimidating task, but this may come as a surprise: reading academic articles in Japanese is actually pretty easy. Well, okay it does have two little prerequisites: a decent… Continue Reading →

Moving the discussion abroad

As I’ve been working on my Master’s degree here in Taiwan, I’ve gone out and looked for resources, tips, strategies and more for doing a dissertation and handling pressure during graduate school. I’ve found that, while there is plenty of… Continue Reading →

Get writing!

I met with one of my professors a few months ago just to have a cup of coffee and chat a bit about things. One of the topics we came upon was how my thesis was going (a question, I… Continue Reading →

Spreadsheeting it out

Although I do love the mobility of Pages and Numbers, especially the cloud sync and having the documents up to date on all my computers–I find Google Docs is actually a very powerful alternative. Let me give a quick example… Continue Reading →

A little look into my schedule

In order to understand why GNDN and pomodoro techniques are necessary for me, I’m going to introduce a little bit about what my daily schedule looks like. 6:00 Wake up; shower; make breakfast and prepare lunch. 6:50 leave and catch… Continue Reading →

Whistle While You Work

I’m someone that needs to listen to music while working, especially when writing. I can’t work in dead silence, which is probably why I never study in libraries. Music helps keep me motivated and also gives me the energy to… Continue Reading →

GNDN and the Pomodoro Technique

GNDN is a favorite acronym of mine which stands for “Goes Nowhere, Does Nothing”. That’s kind of how I feel when I don’t have any specific set goals or timeboxing set in place. Instead, I wander around the internet for… Continue Reading →

Doing things bass-aackwards

I wonder if that’s actually the proper way to type that? Anyway. As part of the program (Master’s in History; 歷史所,碩士班) and the topic (Japanese Occupation Period in Taiwan; 日治時代) that I am currently studying, I am currently and will… Continue Reading →

Chinese<->English Glossary

I stumbled upon this resource from National Taiwan University (NTU; 臺大). It’s a glossary of common Chinese to English terms, and is very useful in the university environment! English(英文版): http://host.cc.ntu.edu.tw/sec/sec_eng/chineng.html Chinese(中文版): http://host.cc.ntu.edu.tw/sec/englishterm.htm (Content is the same) Examples: 諮商輔導 Student Counseling… Continue Reading →

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