Taiwan & Typhoons: A Love-Hate Relationship

This is intermediate content, appropriate for learners who know about 2,500 words (TOCFL Level 3 / HSK 5).

We know death and taxes are certainties in life, but in Taiwan you can add experiencing typhoons to the list. And in Taiwan, people have mixed feelings towards them. On the one hand, they cause a lot of damage, destruction, and sometimes even death, but on the other hand, their heavy rains can replenish Taiwan's reservoirs. And oh yeah, students and workers may get to stay home and enjoy a "typhoon day".


By now, you've probably figured out that typhoons are not just a fact of life in Taiwan, but also the topic of this piece, which was written by our contributor, Franscica LO. There are just a handful of words that fall outside of the TOCFL 3 / HSK 5 range, so let's look at those first:

颱風

táifēng

typhoon

颱風假

táifēng jiǎ

typhoon holiday

災害

zāihài

disaster

來源

láiyuán

source

缺水

quē shuǐ

water shortage

停水

tíng shuǐ

water stoppage

土石流

tǔshíliú

landslide

區域

qūyù

area, region

扮演(...的角色)

bànyǎn (...de jiǎosè/juésè)

play (a...role)

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〈颱風〉


台灣人對颱風,可以說是又愛又恨。在北部,人們對颱風的看法是:不歡迎那些不能放颱風假的颱風,但是也不歡迎風雨太大、帶來災害的颱風。對北部人來說,颱風是一個放假的機會。


而在南部,颱風是每年水的重要來源,如果今年颱風來得少,南部很有可能遇到缺水的問題。例如在2021年,台灣中南部因為這兩年颱風較少,中南部出現暫時的停水。雖然颱風會帶來雨水,但是來太多颱風,也會影響農業,甚至造成土石流等嚴重災害,影響人民的安全。


人們因為生活在不同區域,對颱風有不同的想法,可能希望颱風帶來颱風假與水資源,也可能害怕颱風帶來的災害。無論如何,颱風在台灣扮演一個重要的角色。如果你有朋友生活的區域會遇到颱風,也可以問問他對颱風的想法!



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台风〉


台湾人对台风,可以说是又爱又恨。在北部,人们对台风的看法是:不欢迎那些不能放台风假的台风,但是也不欢迎风雨太大、带来灾害的台风。对北部人来说,台风是一个放假的机会。

而在南部,台风是每年水的重要来源,如果今年台风来得少,南部很有可能遇到缺水的问题。例如在2021年,台湾中南部因为这两年台风较少,中南部出现暂时的停水。虽然台风会带来雨水,但是来太多台风,也会影响农业,甚至造成土石流等严重灾害,影响人民的安全。

人们因为生活在不同区域,对台风有不同的想法,可能希望台风带来台风假与水资源,也可能害怕台风带来的灾害。无论如何,台风在台湾扮演一个重要的角色。如果你有朋友生活的区域会遇到台风,也可以问问他对台风的想法!



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