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What main languages are spoken here?:

Mandarin Chinese is the main language spoken in Taiwan; however I have also met people, here, who speak Taiwanese. Both Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese are tonal languages, which means that the tone you use when you say a word changes its meaning. For example, in Chinese, the word ma means “horse” or “mother” depending on the tone you use!

What type of money is used here?:

In Taiwan, we use the New Taiwan dollar (NTD). This national currency money features Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek, both of whom were early political leaders of the Republic of China. It also shows Taiwanese landscapes and communities, such as a classroom and a group of kids playing soccer. One US dollar ($1) is equivalent to about 30 NTD.

How much does a bottle of water cost?:

A bottle of water costs about 20 NTD ($0.66) in Taiwan. You can’t drink the tap water, here, so I have to buy a lot of bottled water. Luckily, I can refill the plastic bottles using the filter at my school so that there is less plastic waste.

What was the best meal this week?:

On Sunday, I went to the night market in Hengchun, where I ate fried squid. Squid has a chewy texture and doesn’t have much flavor, so the vendors season the fried coating on the squid.