Anna: This summer vacation you went to Taiwan to see family. Where else did you go? Is Taiwan pretty?
John: Besides seeing family, while we were there we also went to many places, including the National Palace Museum, Taipei 101, and so on. Taiwan is certainly pretty.
Anna: I heard Taipei’s transportation is very convenient, and the environment is very safe. What else did you all do?
John: Grandpa took us to climb the small mountain near his house. I liked eating the fresh green vegetables at the restaurant atop the mountain the most.
Anna: But I remember you don’t like to eat green vegetables!
John: I used to hate eating green vegetables, but the green vegetables on top of the mountain were especially delicious. Also, Grandma said green vegetables are very healthy and good for the body, so now I’m not a picky eater. I eat everything.
Anna: After listening to you, I’m curious about Taiwan too. I hope I have the chance to take a trip to Taiwan.
John: Many travelers go to Taiwan’s important cities to travel. These cities all have different special qualities. I recommend you definitely go see
Writing Implements Writing implements are very important stationery supplies that we use every day.
Before the writing implements was invented, everyone used their fingers or tree branches to write characters on the ground.
後來古代的人用動物的毛跟竹子做成筆，叫做「毛筆」。Afterward, the ancients used animal fur and bamboo to make writing implements, which they called writing brushes.
Writing brushes have many functions. Calligraphers use them to write calligraphy and paint traditional Chinese paintings. Poets use them to write poems.
After the fountain pen and the pencil were invented, they were produced in great quantities, their prices were low, and they were also convenient to use, so writing implements became much more widespread.
.There are many kinds of writing implements: writing brushes, fountain pens, and pencils, along with chalk, crayons, colored pens, and so on.
Nowadays, ever since computers were invented, we don’t have as many opportunities to use pens as before. However, students still use them to do homework, and most people still use them in everyday life.
認識台灣 Get to Know Taiwan
Taiwan is in Asia. It’s a beautiful little island.
The Pacific Ocean is to its east, and the Taiwan Strait to its west.
海峽的另一邊是中國大陸。Mainland China is on the other side of the strait.
Japan and South Korea are to Taiwan’s north, and the Philippines are to Taiwan’s south.
Western Taiwan is a plain. There are high mountains in the middle.
The highest mountain is over 3,900 meters tall.
台灣的風景非常漂亮，Taiwan’s scenery is extremely pretty.
There are many national parks and beautiful coastlines.
Taiwan has a number of important cities,
including Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Taitung, and Hualien.
Tainan is the most ancient city. Kaohsiung is the biggest port.
Taipei is the biggest city, and it’s also the political and economic center.
台北有方便的交通、Taipei has convenient transportation,
world-famous museums, and a safe living environment.
It’s one of the cities many people like to travel to.
健康的食物 Healthy Food
Mom: Today I stir-fried a big plate of spinach. You all have to eat a little more.
John: Mom, green vegetables are what I hate the most. I only want to eat fish and chicken legs.
Mom: You can’t do that. Every time you see a green vegetable you say you won’t eat it. If you want to grow up to be big and tall, you have to eat all kinds of food.
Gary: Different kinds of food are nutritious in different ways and are good for the body in different ways. You shouldn’t be a picky eater.
華中：你也不喜歡喝牛奶啊！而且你也不吃蘋果。 John: You don’t like to drink milk! And you don’t eat apples, either.
Gary: But I eat eggs and tofu, and I love to eat cheese. These things are all nutritious.
John: Grandma is a vegetarian. Does she not get enough nutrition?
4/4 摩娜麗莎的微笑 Mona Lisa
4/11 水果 Fruits
4/18 舞春風, 蛋糕生日卡 Dance in Spring
4/25 牡丹富貴 Peony 書籤 Book marks
5/2 杯中情(心花朵朵開, 杯中有愛心) Mother’s Day
5/9 換春裝 (人物) Character
5/16 鳥語花香 Parrot
5/23 鐵馬情 Bike
5/30 划龍舟,香包粽 Dragon Boat Festival
6/6 青花瓷 Blue and white porcelain