A: When I was little, my family would often eat jianzong. Do you remember them?
B: Yes! You take them straight out of the fridge and add syrup on top: one of the joys of summertime.
A: Jianzong contain a lot of chemical additives to make them so chewy, like potassium carbonate and alkaline water.
B: For health reasons, some people now make them with baking soda instead. We should give it a try.
Most years, Taiwan is hit by typhoons during the summer and fall, but we have yet to see a typhoon this year. This unusual situation has put pressure on water supply levels in reservoirs around Taiwan. Due to global warming, the typhoons generated in the Pacific Ocean this year have all moved northward, bypassing Taiwan. Although successive fronts and afternoon showers have brought rainfall, it was only fragmented, covering limited areas and did little to replenish reservoirs. As a result, the reservoir storage this year is lower than in previous years. According to the Water Resource Agency, as of 2pm yesterday,
Hey! Look over at that bench! (5/5) 嘿！你看那邊的長椅!（五） A: There are quite a few buskers in this park. That guy on the trumpet is quite good. B: Yeah, he looks like a cool guy with that cap on, accompanying the jazz playing over his amplifier. A: He’s got quite a lot of people around him, listening. B: They’re not listening. They’re just looking at that kid. He looks absolutely transfixed by the music. And that man is just texting on his phone. A: How do you know that man isn’t texting his friends to get them to rush over and check the busker out? A: 這公園裡有好幾個街頭藝人，這個吹小號的人表演得蠻不錯。 B:
Since its premiere on Oct. 2, US comedy series Emily in Paris has caused a sensation across the world. The Web TV series, starring actress Lily Collins, tells the story of Emily, a young woman who moves from Chicago to Paris for a job, as she struggles both at work and in love while experiencing culture shock. The show has topped streaming giant Netflix’s global chart and is the most-watched show in Taiwan. But the American perspective of the lead character has offended some French critics, who say that the “City of Lights” is not just about berets, croissants and cafes,