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Taiwan’s Biggest Secret 台灣的最大祕辛

Immigration laws can often be garbled and silly in any country. Nations need borders like homes needs doors. But, doors must open and close so that invited guests and welcomed friends don’t need to crawl through windows.

Taiwan’s unfortunate situation is known only to a few because the problem hides behind its complexity and neither directly nor obviously affects the Taiwanese. Though not obvious, the problem deeply wounds Taiwanese, who are required by schools to learn English, and hinders their opportunities, many of which require international communication. Though despicable, Taiwan’s problem with international-related law is by no means the worst. It is but one example that every country can learn from.

How the KMT-Nationalists destroyed English education in Taiwan

國民黨是如何毀滅台灣的英文教育

This is a problem with a simple solution that has been discussed with the Tainan Research department in Taiwan. Tainan’s City Yongkang District Councilor has also been made aware of this matter.

這問題和項簡單的計畫已經和台灣台南官方的研發部門討論過。在台南永康的市議員也正在警覺這項問題。

English learning in Taiwan suffers because the government considers native English teaching the same as “white collar” work and does not recognize it as a special job. Normal Taiwanese jobs need “protection” from cheap foreign labor. But “native English teaching” cannot be a Taiwanese job by definition. So, “protecting” English teaching jobs only hurts Taiwanese students and does not “protect” any Taiwanese employees. The solution is to “license” ESL teachers to teach anywhere, any amount of hours, if they report hours and pay taxes. “Work permits” should be optional for foreigners who want residence, but not a requirement to help Taiwanese learn English. This does not “relax” labor laws. This changes ESL laws from Ministry of Labor “work permit” to Ministry of Education “ESL license”, then labor laws only apply as they would to normal Taiwanese.

學習英文確實在台灣受到阻礙,原因是台灣政府把外籍英文教師一職視為白領,卻沒有將它列為特殊的行業。然而,為了不被廉價外籍勞工影響一般的台灣就業機會,台灣的工作通常受到法規的「保護」但是「外籍」英語老師一職並不影響台灣人的工作,所以,「保護」英語老師的工作只會造成台灣學生的英語教育受阻礙,並不會保護到任何台灣工作者的權益。解決的方法就是讓英語老師執照化,不限制一周最少時數及不超過30小時,且有合法申報教學時數且按時繳稅的話,應該讓這些英語老師能夠到台灣各地任教。而「工作許可」應該給予那些想長期居住在台灣的外國人有選擇性的條件,但不是必要的,因為他們來台灣幫助英語教學的成長。這可不是在放寬勞動法規,而是將外籍英語老師的工作許可改為教學執照,而這個執照應該由教育部來核發,這跟台灣人工作機會的權益沒有相關連。

The current MOL white collar foreign labor law requires 14 hours/week at about $400NT/hour or higher every week from the foreign employee. While the MOL does not require companies to have large amounts of money to offer such a job, the 14 hour requirement is a de facto “large company” requirement. This 14 hour requirement eliminates many normal-sized companies south of Taipei. As a result, many English-speaking Westerners move to greater Taipei and the English everywhere else is not as good.

而現今台灣的勞動法規要求白領外籍教師需要有每星期14小時的教育時數且達到或超過每小時400元的薪資標準。勞動部沒有規定公司需要如此大量的資金,但事實上,這14小時的教育時數規定卻僅適用於大公司。而這個14小時的規定也扼殺了許多台北以外一般規模的公司。因此,這就是為什麼外籍英語老師都往台北發展,導致其他地方的英語程度沒有那麼好。

The 14 hour law should be a requirement ONLY for resident visas, not teaching English. Taiwan’s government should offer a “teaching license” through the Ministry of Education.

14小時的規則應該僅適用於居留簽證和居留證,並不適用於英語教育,而台灣政府應該透過教育部核發英語教育執照。

That’s the simple part. Here is more in-depth information…

以上是概要,以下有更深入的探討。。。

Urban Myths
都會流言

There are four urban myths about this:
以下有四點關於都會的流言:

1. Westerners prefer Taipei because they like the “big city”:
Actually, Taipei is not a “big city”. Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo are. By the time Westerners travel from the other side of the world, if they land in Taiwan, they want countryside and beauty. Some city life is nice, but they don’t want “Taipei” only. Driving scooters is also fun and is easier outside of Taipei.

1.西方人喜歡去台北因為他們比較喜歡”大城市”?
事實上,台北並不算”大城市”。香港、新加坡、東京才算是。當西方人從世界的另一端旅行來到台灣,他們想要的是造訪鄉野田間及欣賞自然美景,當然,某些都會生活固然不錯,但並不只想要侷限於台北。騎著摩托車到台北以外的地方很有趣也很方便。

2. Westerners want a “resident visa” or ARC in Taiwan:
Actually, Westerners in Taiwan are already traveling. They like travel or they wouldn’t be here. Westerners get asked in Taiwan by Taiwanese, “Where will you travel to for [the next holiday]?” One Western friend always answers, “I think I will travel to Taiwan. And I’m already here.” An ARC is convenient, being “required” to travel outside of Taiwan ever few months is kind of like “requiring” a child to eat chocolate. A job program with no ARC would attract many foreigners.

2.西方人想要台灣的居留簽證或居留證?
事實上西方人來到台灣就是在旅行。他們喜愛旅行不然的話他們不會來到這裡。西方人常被台灣人問「接下來會想去哪裡旅遊呢?(下次放假)」,我其中一個西方朋友總是這樣回答”去台灣阿!而我現在就在台灣阿”。在台灣有張居留證是很方便,不必被要求每隔幾個月就要離開台灣之後才能重新入境,如果你沒有居留證,就得隔幾個月送這些西方人出國旅遊一次再回來,就像是大人給小孩子吃糖一樣(因為西方人喜歡到處旅遊),不必要求申請居留證的工作會吸引更多西方人來台工作。

3. High standards are always-always better:
Consider prohibition and marijuana. Banning some things creates black markets. There is a huge black market for illegal ESL teaching in cram schools that would not exist without the 14 hour law.

3.提高標準總是件好事?
回想一下禁酒令和禁止大麻。禁止一些行為會導致黑市的產生。在補教界,英語教學就藏著一個違反14小時規定龐大的黑市。

4. The government doesn’t know about the problem:
Actually, Western native English teachers have been complaining to the KMT-controlled government for a long time. Just like with most of Taiwan’s problems, this is a problem that the KMT continues, knowing very well about the problem. The KMT also knows that the law will discourage Foreign English teachers from living in poorer areas of Taiwan… Especially areas that vote DPP. Isn’t that a coincidence!? That helps the KMT. Do you believe it was an accident? Think about it. But, the central government of Taiwan has known about this problem for a long time.

4.政府不知道這些問題?
事 實上 ,外籍老師已經對國民黨這種集權式的政府抱怨好一段時間了。就如同大多數台灣存在的問題一樣,國民黨也很清楚他們存在著同樣的問題,但卻縱容它一直存在。 而他們也非常清楚,這樣的法規會讓許多留在都市以外地區的外籍老師打退堂鼓…尤其是那些民進黨的票倉地區,那會是一個巧合嗎?這不就對國民黨本身有利 嗎!你相信這是湊巧嗎?而中央政府長久以來都非常清楚這樣的情況。

Recommended Law

A “teaching license” should require:

  1. Application to the Ministry of Education, either in person, through the Post Office, or at an Immigration office, all locations of which have a checklist of required items available.
  2. An International Driving Permit with cycle endorsement (or Taiwan Driver’s license).
  3. Native English passport and a promise of having lived 10 years in that country.
  4. Health exam (HIV/TB).
  5. Be in Taiwan one year prior (verified by passport stamps).
  6. No criminal record in Taiwan beyond basic traffic moving/parking violations (checked/reported automatically by police).
  7. Pay taxes previous year (on renewal).
  8. A simple knowledge test of procedures, including basic MOL, “Taiwan motorcycle left” turn procedure, how to keep a log of teaching hours and where/how much to report the hours and pay taxes and health insurance each month.
  9. Can pass a simple test of identifying/typing/writing zuoyin after hearing the letters spoken individually, can copy Chinese characters of 11 strokes or less accurately enough for a digital device to recognize them. (This verifies ‘language concern/awareness’, something any language teacher should have. Normally, this could be achieved by the first year in Taiwan being as a language student.)
  10. The teacher to report the number of hours, addresses where lessons are taught, and pay a flat tax of 50NT$ per hour of teaching, regardless of how much the teacher charges. The government assumes $400/hour, so there is no room for lying. (The 50NT$ includes tax withholdings and national health insurance.) This also controls the price naturally. If the teacher stays in Taiwan more than 183 days, some of the taxes may be refundable under normal tax law. There should be a special tax bonus for teachers who live in Taiwan more than 183 days to encourage teachers to stay. Taxes are paid and hours are reported at the Post Office.
  11. Teachers must enroll in National Health Insurance, the paperwork is included in the original application at the Post Office. The insurance cost is deducted from the 50NT$ paid per hour.
  12. ADDED TIER: with a college 4-year degree and two years in Taiwan, an additional endorsement that allows teaching in a D-5 registered classroom,such as cram school.
  13. TESOL certification from a TESOL class sponsored by Taiwan’s government.

對法規提案的建議

「教學執照」必須要求以下事項:

  1. 向教育部提出執照申請,並應該親自前往郵局、移民署辦事處等辦理,不論是以上哪個單位都必須要有可以核對資料的清單。
  2. 兩輪的國際駕照許可證明(或台灣的駕照或任何在台灣合法駕駛車輛的證明)。
  3. 當地的護照和一個在自己的國家居住超過10年的聲明。
  4. 體檢報告(愛滋/結核)
  5. 之前來台滿一年(當年留在台灣超過330天)者(確認護照的憑證)
  6. 在台無前科紀錄,除了交通違規記錄(資料與警察單位連線確認)
  7. 前年有繳稅紀錄(當每次換照的時候)
  8. 針對一些程序及基礎知識簡單的測驗,包括基本勞動法規、機車兩段式左轉,每個月如何登錄教育時數、報稅的方法以及健保的條款及繳費。
  9. 通過ㄧ些簡單的測驗,像是能夠在聽完一遍朗讀的注音後可以獨自辨識、寫下跟輸入所聽到的注音;可以抄下11個筆畫或是少於11個筆畫也能精確使電腦裝置辨識這些字的能力。(這些可以確認你對這些語言的辨識度以及敏感性,這也是一個語言教學的老師應該具備的條件。這對一個第一年來台灣作為一個外籍學生可以達成的程度)
  10. 外籍老師申報其教學時數、教學地址,且不論一個小時時薪多少,支付每個教學小時均一價50元台幣的稅金。台灣政府假想外籍老師一個小時時薪400元台幣,所以不會有謊報的可能(50元包括所得稅及健保費用)。這可以控制薪資的給予。若外籍老師待在台灣超過183天的話,也許還可以退稅。對於那些一年內在台超過183天的外籍老師 們,應該給予一個稅賦獎勵制度。且允許在台灣的郵局就可以報稅及申報時數。
  11. 外籍老師的資料應該登錄於健保局,文件程序也包含第一次在郵局辦理的申請手續。而健保的費用就從扣除的50元中支付。
  12. 備註:擁有一個4年的大學文憑和兩年在台灣的經歷,通過特別的聲明是允許在台灣對D-5等級的教育單位進行教育,例如補習班。
  13. TESOL認證,台灣政府主辦的TESOL班級。

A Teaching License would:

  • Look similar to a normal ID or ARC card, similar, but not confusable with
    Bear a passport and Taiwan taxpayer number and bear any extra endorsements, such as “D5” for classroom and endorsements for driving such as “CAR”, “CH”, “T”, “CY”, etc.
  • Allow the foreigner to carry one card instead of a passport and International Driving Permit and/or Taiwan Driver’s license.
  • Be issued by Immigration.

關於教學執照

  • 可以比照身分證或是居留證的樣子製作,但應是可以容易被區分的。 擁有護照和稅籍號碼或是任何需要額外的簽署或是背書,像是D-5的等級的教育單位教學憑證或是駕照種類。
  • 可以讓外國人持這一張執照來替代國際駕照或是台灣的駕照或是駕照。
  • 由移民署來控管。

A Teaching License can be used for:

  • 180 days of visitor visa extension.
  • Proof of purpose of visit (such as visa application, etc).
  • National Health Insurance.
  • Taiwan Driver’s license eligibility.
  • Ability to own a vehicle in Taiwan.
  • A simple way to pay/mail/electronically pay monthly taxes/health insurance at any local post office or tax office.
  • Post Office bank account.
  • Teaching any basic subject at a level that does not require any additional license using English, except a D-5 classroom requires the higher tier endorsement on the license.

教學執照可以用來:

  • 適用180天的延長簽證。
  • 證明來台的目的(例如申請簽證時會使用到)。
  • 全民健康保險(任何一位在台的外籍老師應該都要有健保,就算他沒有居留證)。
  • 台灣的駕照資格。
  • 在台灣擁有車輛。
  • 可在任何一間郵局或國稅機關簡易的支付郵件/以電子方式支付。
  • 每月的稅金/健保費用。
  • 郵局的帳戶。
  • 需要特殊証書或更高層級的教學以外,能用英文做任何最基本的教學。

A Teaching License cannot get you:

  • A Resident visa or “ARC”.
  • Years counted toward an APRC/JPRC.

This program is very simple so it is easy for foreigners to do it and obey the rules.

This program should also have a simple information about the program and requirements via a memorable-domain website, developed, designed, and copywritten by an American, Canadian, or other native speaker. (Taiwanese web design is quite horrific in the eyes of Westerners.)

教學証照不能做的事:

  • 居留簽證或是居留證。
  • 申請永久居留證(APRC和JPRC)的年資累積。

這項方案對外國人來說較容易執行且易於遵循法規,甚至可以讓規模小的補習班容易的僱用有執照的教師。

並且應該由合法的美國、加拿大或其他以英語為母語的網頁設計師設立一個好記、令人印象深刻的網站供外籍人士來使用。(因為西方人認為台灣網站很醜。)

88 Typing Words

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Keyboard vectors on Google Drive: PDF | SVG | SVG-TEXT

The 88-Word Hanon App  is a perfect place to begin! This app’s typing area disables drag-and-drop, cut, paste, and auto-word-completion so that students can’t cheat! Copy is still enabled so students can keep a record of their progress.

Typing Keyboard Finger Chart

Keyboard is a technique, whether typing or playing piano.

Firstly, practice these using correct fingers:

  1. asdfjkl;
  2. qweruiop
  3. zxcvm,./
  4. asdfghjkl;’
  5. qwertyuiop[]\
  6. zxcvbnm,./
  7. `1234567890-=

Then, practice these 88 words, in order, about 50 times each…

To keep improving typing, do numbers zero through twenty, then colors, then other basic vocabulary, then short sentences. After all that, you can be very good at “sight typing”.
Continue reading “88 Typing Words”

How the Whale Got His Throat

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Rudyard Kipling

With English notes by Jesse Steele

In the sea, once upon a time, O my Best Beloved, there was a Whale, and he ate fishes. He ate the starfish and the garfish, and the crab and the dab, and the plaice and the dace, and the skate and his mate, and the mackereel and the pickereel, and the really truly twirly-whirly eel. All the fishes he could find in all the sea he ate with his mouth—so! Till at last there was only one small fish left in all the sea, and he was a small ‘Stute Fish (quite astute indeed), and he swam a little behind the Whale’s right ear, so as to be out of harm’s way. Then the Whale stood up on his tail and said, “I’m hungry.” And the small ‘Stute Fish said in a small ‘stute voice, “Noble and generous Cetacean, have you ever tasted Man?”

“No,” said the Whale. “What is it like?”

“Nice,” said the small ‘Stute Fish. “Nice but nubbly.”

“Then fetch me some,” said the Whale, and he made the sea froth up with his tail. Continue reading “How the Whale Got His Throat”

How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin

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Rudyard Kipling

With English notes by Jesse Steele

Once upon a time, on an uninhabited island on the shores of the Red Sea, there lived a Parsee (having a very mystical sentiency) from whose hat the rays of the sun were reflected in more-than-oriental splendour. And the Parsee lived by the Red Sea with nothing but his hat and his knife and a cooking-stove of the kind that you must particularly never touch. And one day he took flour and water and currants and plums and sugar and things, and made himself one cake which was two feet across and three feet thick. It was indeed a Superior Comestible (that’s magic), and he put it on the stove because he was allowed to cook on that stove, and he baked it and he baked it till it was all done brown and smelt most sentimental. But just as he was going to eat it there came down to the beach from the Altogether Uninhabited Interior one Rhinoceros with a horn on his nose, two piggy eyes, and few manners. In those days the Rhinoceros’s skin fitted him quite tight. There were no wrinkles in it anywhere. He looked exactly like a Noah’s Ark Rhinoceros, but of course much bigger. All the same, he had no manners then, and he has no manners now, and he never will have any manners. He said, “How!” and the Parsee left that cake and climbed to the top of a palm tree with nothing on but his hat, from which the rays of the sun were always reflected in more-than-oriental splendour. And the Rhinoceros upset the oil-stove with his nose, and the cake rolled on the sand, and he spiked that cake on the horn of his nose, and he ate it, and he went away, waving his tail, to the desolate and Exclusively Uninhabited Interior which abuts on the islands of Mazanderan, Socotra, and the Promontories of the Larger Equinox. Then the Parsee came down from his palm-tree and put the stove on its legs and recited the following Sloka, which, as you have not heard, I will now proceed to relate:— Continue reading “How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin”

How the Camel Got His Hump

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Rudyard Kipling

With English notes by Jesse Steele

Now this is the next tale, and it tells how the Camel got his big hump.

In the beginning of years, when the world was so new and all, and the Animals were just beginning to work for Man, there was a Camel, and he lived in the middle of a Howling Desert because he did not want to work; and besides, he was a Howler himself. So he ate sticks and thorns and tamarisks and milkweed and prickles, most ‘scruciating idle (that is, ‘excruciating idle’); and when anybody spoke to him he said “Humph!” Just “Humph!” and no more.

Presently the Horse came to him on Monday morning, with a saddle on his back and a bit in his mouth, and said, “Camel, O Camel, come out and trot like the rest of us.”

“Humph!” said the Camel; and the Horse went away and told the Man. Continue reading “How the Camel Got His Hump”

How the Leopard Got His Spots

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Rudyard Kipling

With English notes by Jesse Steele

In the days when everybody started fair, Best Beloved, the Leopard lived in a place called the High Veldt. “Member it wasn’t the Low Veldt, or the Bush Veldt, or the Sour Veldt, but the ‘sclusively bare (quite exclusively bare), hot, shiny High Veldt, where there was sand and sandy-coloured rock and ‘sclusively tufts of sandy- yellowish grass. The Giraffe and the Zebra and the Eland and the Koodoo and the Hartebeest lived there; and they were ‘sclusively sandy-yellow-brownish all over; but the Leopard, he was the ‘sclusivest (most exclusive of all) sandiest-yellowish-brownest of them all—a greyish-yellowish catty-shaped kind of beast, and he matched the ‘sclusively yellowish-greyish-brownish colour of the High Veldt to one hair. This was very bad for the Giraffe and the Zebra and the rest of them; for he would lie down by a ‘sclusively yellowish-greyish-brownish stone or clump of grass, and when the Giraffe or the Zebra or the Eland or the Koodoo or the Bush-Buck or the Bonte-Buck came by he would surprise them out of their jumpsome lives. He would indeed! And, also, there was an Ethiopian with bows and arrows (a ‘sclusively greyish-brownish-yellowish man he was then), who lived on the High Veldt with the Leopard; and the two used to hunt together—the Ethiopian with his bows and arrows, and the Leopard ‘sclusively with his teeth and claws—till the Giraffe and the Eland and the Koodoo and the Quagga and all the rest of them didn’t know which way to jump, Best Beloved. They didn’t indeed!

After a long time—things lived for ever so long in those days—they learned to avoid anything that looked like a Leopard or an Ethiopian; and bit by bit—the Giraffe began it, because his legs were the longest—they went away from the High Veldt. They scuttled for days and days and days till they came to a great forest, ‘sclusively full of trees and bushes and stripy, speckly, patchy-blatchy shadows, and there they hid: and after another long time, what with standing half in the shade and half out of it, and what with the slippery-slidy shadows of the trees falling on them, the Giraffe grew blotchy, and the Zebra grew stripy, and the Eland and the Koodoo grew darker, with little wavy grey lines on their backs like bark on a tree trunk; and so, though you could hear them and smell them, you could very seldom see them, and then only when you knew precisely where to look. They had a beautiful time in the ‘sclusively speckly-spickly shadows of the forest, while the Leopard and the Ethiopian ran about over the ‘sclusively greyish-yellowish-reddish High Veldt outside, wondering where all their breakfasts and their dinners and their teas had gone. At last they were so hungry that they ate rats and beetles and rock-rabbits, the Leopard and the Ethiopian, and then they had the Big Tummy-ache, both together; and then they met Baviaan—the dog-headed, barking Baboon, who is Quite the Wisest Animal in All South Africa.

Said Leopard to Baviaan (and it was a very hot day), “Where has all the game gone?” Continue reading “How the Leopard Got His Spots”

The Cat that Walked by Himself

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Rudyard Kipling

With English notes by Jesse Steele

Hear and attend and listen; for this befell and behappened (and happened) and became and was, O my Best Beloved, when the Tame animals were wild. The Dog was wild, and the Horse was wild, and the Cow was wild, and the Sheep was wild, and the Pig was wild—as wild as wild could be—and they walked in the Wet Wild Woods by their wild lones (or lonesomes). But the wildest of all the wild animals was the Cat. He walked by himself, and all places were alike to him.

Of course the Man was wild too. He was dreadfully wild. He didn’t even begin to be tame till he met the Woman, and she told him that she did not like living in his wild ways. She picked out a nice dry Cave, instead of a heap of wet leaves, to lie down in; and she strewed clean sand on the floor; and she lit a nice fire of wood at the back of the Cave; and she hung a dried wild-horse skin, tail-down, across the opening of the Cave; and she said, “Wipe you feet, dear, when you come in, and now we’ll keep house.” Continue reading “The Cat that Walked by Himself”

Primer

Food

cook
bread
cake
pie
noodles
pasta
eggs
meat
milk
cheese
oil
chocolate
chips
cookies
crackers
treats
snacks
cookies
muffin
rolls
biscuit
cupcake
brownies
bagel
biscotti
French fries
sandwich
hamburger
salad
meatloaf
breakfast
lunch
super
dinner
snack
fruit juice
soda pop
tea
coffee
wine
beer

Outdoors

snow
rain
wind
sunny
cloudy
tornado
hurricane
hail
ice
freeze
thaw
hot
cold
earthquake
sand
mud
dirt
dust
mountain
river
lake
sea
ocean
valley
plain
field
park
sidewalk
fresh air
camping
campfire
barbecue
picnick

Animals

cow
donkey
horse
rabbit
deer
kangaroo
bear
wolf
chipmunk
squirrel
dog
fox
cat
mouse
eagle
parrot
crow
duck
swan
goose
chicken
turkey
sheep
goat

Clothes

hat
gloves
scarf
coat
trench coat
rain coat
umbrella
shirt
pants
shorts
underwear
vest
sweater
sweat shirt
sweat pants
sweat suit
jogging suit
boots
shoes
sandles
slippers
swimming suit
suit
dress
skirt
blouse
hood
hoodie
fedora
flat cap
fedora
polo shirt
dress shirt
T-shirt
tank top
muscle shirt
blazer
tuxedo
cufflinks
necklace
bracelet
earring

Home

house
garage
workshop
window
door
screen
wall
floor
ceiling
kitchen
bathroom
living room
bedroom
window
door
garbage
trash can
clean
wash
rinse
mob
broom
washcloth
sink
shower
bath
soap
toilet
toothbrush
towel
curtain
bed
blanket
pillow
bed sheets
table
chair
bench
knife
fork
spoon
plate
cup
bowl
water glass
bottle
cutting board
rolling pin
toaster
blender
stove
oven
fry pan
wok
pot
kettle
baking sheet
crock pot
coffee maker
dish washer
refrigerator
freezer
cellar
pantry
cupboard
counter top
cabinet
closet
toybox
chest
wardrobe
vanity
coat rack
stand
sofa
couch
love seat
coffee table
footstool
ottoman
recliner

Office & School

desk
computer
phone
tablet
printer
clock
watch
memo
note
pencil
pen
ink
eraser
glue
paper clip
stapler
rubber band
sharpen
dull
shavings
shred
ruler
protractor
compass
classroom
pencil holder
calendar
pin board
thumb tack
desk lamp
board room
whiteboard
blackboard
conference table
manager
supervisor
teacher
principal
team & teammates
classmates
employee
student
project
assignment
study
work
learn
correct
edit
fix
repair
update
upgrade
install
enroll
graduate
finish
late
on time
communicate
network
energy
electricity
announcement
speakers
PA system (public announcement)
public
private
corporation
company
school district
industrial park
factory
building
commerce
money
market

Roads

car
truck
motorcycle
semi truck
pickup truck
sport car
sedan
coup
scooter
dirt bike
bicycle
BMX bike
skates
skateboard
helmet
seat belt
air bag
crash
collision
fender bender
ticket
parking lot
speed limit
lane
highway
onramp
expressway
freeway
toll road
bridge
overpass
underpass
train tracks
railroad
train station
bus
stop
yield
distance
limousine
chauffeur
driver
taxi
tour guide
travel

Farm & Garden

barn
tractor
trailer
crops
harvest
irrigation
pesticide
herbicide
weed-killer
fertilizer
lawn mower
bumper crop
hay loft
straw
alfalfa
pasture
horse fence
gate
work gloves
planting
watering
weeding
trimming
trowel
plow
hoe
rake
shovel
pruning shears
hedge trimmer
watering can
hose
hose butler
hose reel
hose trolley
spigot
nozzle
sprinkler
turret sprinkler
spray gun
rain barrel
rain gauge
wood chips
seeds
blossom
pollen
silo
grainery
grain elevator
cheesecloth
cheese curd
dairy
butcher
cellar
canned vegetables
frost
dew
perennial
annual
tulip bulb
rose garden
walled garden
shrubbery

Sports

baseball
basketball
football
soccer
lacrosse
golf
tennis
badminton
swimming
hockey
bat
glove
mitt
hoop
basket
net
goal
cleats
shin guards
pads
jersey
baseball cap
court
racket
pool
referee
coach
team
manager
stadium
arena
referee
guard
forward
pitcher
catcher
offense
defense
goalie
umpire
puck
penalty
disc
frisbee
quarterback
fowl
pitch
tee-off
green
rough
course
field
flag
boundary
out of bounds
clock
period
inning
half
quarter
round
match
set
play (a football play)
line
sponsor
spectator
stands
bleachers
nose-bleed section
admission
season
playoffs
tickets
finals
halftime

Music

piano
clarinet
oboe
bassoon
saxophone
French horn
trumpet
trombone
tuba
flute
percussion
drum
snare
tympani
bell
chimes
harp
synthesizer
instrument sampling
director
symphony
orchestra
band
marching band
parade
color guard
cadence
harmony
melody
counter melody
solo
duet
quartet
march
concerto
composer
tempo
beat
dynamics
volume
drum major
field commander
captain
genre
jazz
blues
pop
rock n’ roll
big band
dixieland
waltz
tango
alternative
boogie woogie
ragtime
classical
baroque
romance
medieval
pentatonic
scale
Major
minor
harmonic

Cyberspace

computer
monitor
tablet
stylus
writing tablet
touchscreen
smartphone
mouse
keyboard
battery
power cord
cable
display
desktop
wallpaper
firmware
software
application (app)
app store
runtime
environment
operating system
kernel
motherboard
integrated circuit
transistor
processor
processor core
central processing unit (CPU)
graphics processing unit (GPU)
random access memory (RAM)
read only memory (ROM)
user account
website
profile page
Internet
web page
homepage
dependency
software stack
markup language
scripting language
cascading style sheet (CSS)
hypertext markup language (HTML)
database
structured query language (SQL)
universal resource identifier (URI) (http://write.pink/vocab)
universal resource locator (URL) (http://write.pink)
web address
texting
global positioning system (GPS)
geolocation
temp file
directory structure
file system
email
web application
blog (weblog)
content management system (CMS)
human resource management (HRM)
customer relations management (CRM)
enterprise resource planning (ERP)
personal information management (PIM)
words per minute (WPM)
social media
multimedia
terminal
command line
console
client
server
client side language
server side language
legacy version
version history
product road map
scope creep
bug report
feature request
install
update
upgrade
beta
security
malware
virus
spyware
cookie
meta data
content
menu
navigation
heading
header
footer
article
post
tag
search engine
web crawler
contacts
share
embed
log
error message
runlevel
priority
foreground
background
radio select
checkbox
dropdown select
text field
encrypt
certificate
session
web browser
desktop application
email client

Hospitality

reservation
checkin
checkout
key deposit
hotel
motel
hostel
resort
bead & breakfast
cruise ship
country club
waiter
waitress
server
maître d’hôtel
concierge
host
butler
bus boy
bell hop
kitchen crew
dish crew
chef
assistant
menu
chef’s surprise
soup of the day
cup of joe
appetizer
soup & salad
main course
side dish
dessert
bread basket
pitcher
order
make ticket
make line
make table
make time
delivery time
serving tray
goblet
water glass
pilsner glass
martini glass
shot glass
wine glass
soda fountain
on tap
deli
deli cut
tip / gratuity
buffet
all you can eat
take out
doggy bag
delivery
refill
silverware
napkin
place setting
cost per plate
guest
linens
dining room
floor
bedding
double bed
queen size bed
king size bed
twin beds
room service
wake up call
bar
bar stool
high boy
bartender
barista
clerk
open shop
close shop
“we’re all out”
first in first out
first in last out
last in first out
cost of sales
five star
three star

Travel

navigation
driving directions
baggage
luggage
carry-on
hand-baggage
check in
checked baggage
baggage claim
ticket
pass
boarding pass
departure
arrival
departure time
travel time
arrival time
estimated time of departure (ETD)
estimated time of arrival (ETA)
delay
on time
commute
journey
embark
boarding
disembark
boarding gate
departure gate
time table
service counter
first class
business class
economy class
premium economy
frequent flier
membership card
priority boarding
priority seating
lounge pass
call button
flotation device
evacuation
instructions
bulkhead
cabin
wings
air pressure
altitude
tunnel
crash landing
splash landing
touchdown
splashdown
turbulence
in-flight meal
in-flight entertainment
airplane mode
stow
dinner tray
reading lamp
climate control
overhead compartment
seat number
isle seat
window seat
dining car
sleeper car
truck stop
weigh station
fuel station
gas station
petrol station
passengers
crew
captain
pilot
copilot
navigator
conductor
flight attendant
helm
deck
terminal
dock
ferry
plane
ship
airline
cruise ship
train
bus
subway
space shuttle
transporter beam
flying saucer
teleportation
warp drive
hyperdrive
hyperspace
supersonic
lightspeed
nautical mile
time zone

Dinning Out

Dress

“dressy”
festive
casual
jeans and tie
dress pants and tie
suit and tie
three piece suit
dress shirt
nice shirt
nice T shirt
old shirt
old T shirt
jeans
nice jeans
rockstar jeans
stone washed jeans
blazer
vest
dress short
nice shorts
jean shorts
skirt
blouse
dress
high heels
dress shoes
slippers
loafers
sandals
sneakers
casual shoes
[sport] shoes
wingtip shoes

Menu

orange soda
grape soda
red soda
cola
Dr. Pepper
lemon lime
root beer
ginger ale
cream soda
bread basket
sub sandwich
fruit platter
cole slaw
burrito
taco
nachos
melon
lemonade
snacks
popcorn
hot dog
chips

Camping

camper
trailer
mobile home
campfire
fire pit
firewood
kindling
starter fluid
charcoal
coals
ashes
marshmallow
s’mores
graham crackers
hot dog roast
hot dog bun
condiments
relish
ketchup
mustard
paper plate
disposable silverware
tin foil
dinner wrap
foil wrapped dinner
grill
barbecue
cookout
roasting stick
campground
toiletries
bath house
dump station
park service
park ranger
national park
state park
county park
city park
recreation
off road vehicle
recreational vehicle
speed boat
water skiing
wake boarding
beach
sand dune
mountain climbing
hiking
walking stick
mosquito net
insect repellent
tent
tarp
AstroTurf
picnic table
lawn chairs
lantern
kerosene
sing-along

coming soon…

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