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By Adam Tervort

What occurs whilst a standard man from the mid-West unearths himself at the different facet of the realm? How does one deal with the surprise of spiders, snakes, and scooters doubtless round each flip? Adventures within the Land of making a song rubbish vans is a memoir of lifestyles in Taiwan via Adam Tervort, mid-Westerner, Chinese-speaker, and arachnophobe extraordinaire. for many of my grownup lifestyles i've been some distance, faraway from domestic, 11,000 km to be distinct. lifestyles used to be beautiful common for me, jam-packed with stable books, nice jazz, and all the issues an ordinary American child would need. while I became 20 the area became the wrong way up; I fell in the course of the rabbit gap and actually ended up in China. (Well, Taiwan, nearly in China.) this can be my tale of lifestyles and love at the a ways facet of the globe, how I realized to manage, the adventures i've got, and what occurs in the event you dare to take lifestyles by way of the horns and stay it to its fullest. include me and i'm going to inform you all approximately it!

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I tried to work hard, memorize what I was told to memorize, but things just didn't click. Brother Shi #2 helped solve two of my big Chinese problems. In Chinese there are some sounds that can only be made by rolling your tongue towards the middle of the roof of your mouth and then making the sound, in Chinese this is called 捲舌 juanshe. Because this sound occurs nowhere in English it was difficult for us to understand. What made it even harder is that Taiwanese (and those who have learned Chinese in Taiwan) seem to do this only very lightly, making it doubly hard to hear.

Plus Brother Shi #2 was ripped and played quarterback on the BYU football team. We loved him. Because of him I was sure that speaking like my mouth was full of marbles was the greatest thing in the world. No one understood what I was saying yet, but my tongue rolls were intense and in the right place. The second problem Brother Shi #2 solved for me was tones. The first tone in Mandarin is a high tone, the second tone is rising, low to high, the third tone is low, and the fourth tone is falling, high to low.

This book is dedicated to my wife Mei-yun. Thank you for being so patient and encouraging me to tell my story. Special thanks to my mother and father, Bill and Terri Tervort, as well as Trever McKay and Jeanie Witcraft for their help in reading early drafts of this book and making excellent suggestions. I couldn’t have done it without all of you! Taiwan Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1 - How I ruined my parents' love life by being born Chapter 2 – Goin’ to Kansas City Chapter 3 – The Call Chapter 4 – Yes, I eat my rice with butter Chapter 5 – Creepy crawlies of all sorts Chapter 6 – Paradise and pineapples Chapter 7 – So this is what healthcare is supposed to be like!

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