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Learn Mandarin: Food and Drink in Taiwan

Explore Taiwanese culinary traditions and delicacies to improve your Mandarin conversational skills and vocabulary.

2 friends trying different street foods at night market in Taiwan.

Learn Mandarin: Food and Drink in Taiwan

  • 3 weeks

  • 1 hour per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Learn Mandarin with National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

You can’t learn a language without understanding its culture. On this three-week course from National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, you’ll delve into an essential aspect of Taiwanese culture: food and drink.

As you roam the culinary landscape of Taiwan, you’ll learn the vocabulary you need to understand it. From essential table manners to key words for ordering, the knowledge you gain will guarantee a hassle-free dining experience.

Get a flavour for Taiwanese cuisine and culture

Ever wondered what Taiwanese families eat during Chinese New Year? Or how to make the most delicious Xiaolongbao?

These are just some of the things you’ll discover as you explore Mandarin food vocabulary.

Learn how to order food and drink in Mandarin

Throughout the course, you’ll build up the vocabulary, grammar, and speaking skills you need to confidently navigate a menu in Taiwan.

By the end of the three weeks, you’ll know what delicacies you want to order and how to go about ordering them.

Skip to 0 minutes and 17 seconds Hello everyone. I’m Tracy. You are now taking a Mandarin course about daily life in Taiwan. This course has 5 different topics, which are leisure life, travel, shopping, diets and health. The content is suitable for Mandarin learners with intermediate level. I hope you will enjoy the classes and make the best use of them.


  • Week 1

    Food and drink

    • I would like to have a drink

      In this lesson, you will learn how to order a drink in taiwanese beverage store.

    • Where do Taiwanese people eat during Chinese New Year?

      In this lesson, you will learn how to reserve a table by talking with employee in the restaurant.

  • Week 2

    Fruit and snack

    • Taiwanese fruits are delicious

      In this lesson, you will learn: some Taiwanese fruits name and measure words which Taiwanese use in the market.

    • How is Xiaolongbao made?

      In this lesson, you will learn how to describe the process of eating and making Xiaolongbao(小籠包).

  • Week 3

    Buffet and dessert

    • Buffet

      In this lesson, you will learn what is buffet in Taiwan, the calculation of bill and some food names.

    • Can you make chocolate disserts?

      In this lesson, you will learn how to describe the reason for buying something and explain the reason about knowing how to make something.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Order a drink
  • Order food
  • Chat with friends about xiao long bao
  • Chat with friends about the characteristics of Taiwanese fruits

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for learners who have already achieved Level 1 competency in Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) (equivalent to CEFR-A1).

To keep up with the course, you’ll need a basic understanding of Mandarin grammar and pronunciation, and a vocabulary of approximately 500 common words.

Who will you learn with?

I'm Assistant Professor in National United University. Learning Mandarin is fun and easy, just like the way we drink milk tea. If you do not believe me, let's join our course then you will see.

Hi! My name is Hung, Chin-Yi. I am a Chinese and Spanish teacher from Taiwan. I hope you can enjoy our classes and give us some comments. See you in the course.

Who developed the course?

National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU) was originally founded in Shanghai in 1896 and was re-established in Hsinchu, Taiwan in 1958.

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