Tips on daily life in Taiwan
According to Wikipedia, Taiwan’s population was estimated in 2005 at 22.9 million, most of whom are on the main island of Taiwan. About 98% of the population is of Han Chinese ethnicity. About 70% of the people in Taiwan belong to the Hoklo ethnic group and speak both Standard Mandarin (officially recognized by the ROC as the National Language) and Taiwanese Minnan (commonly known as “Taiwanese”; a variant of Min Nan spoken in Fujian province). Standard Mandarin is the primary language of instruction in schools. Here are some tips on daily life in Taiwan.
Taiwan is a great place to learn Mandarin Chinese, even though English is widely spoken, and speaking some Chinese will definitively help you. It is always a good idea to get a grasp of the local language. Even being able to get around and bargain at markets can help you enjoy where you live a lot more.
Below are some useful links that could be useful to learn Chinese for preparing your trip/stay in Taiwan.
Probably the best source of podcasts to learn Chinese on the web.
Definitively the best place to learn how to write Chinese characters.
Definitively the best place to have 1-1 Chinese lessons with qualified Chinese teachers.
Taiwan, however, is different to mainland China. They boast a unique culture and were one of the Asian tigers to develop very quickly in the 1970s, along with Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore. Many foreigners who live in Taiwan love the lifestyle. It offers a perfect sub-tropical climate, great hiking and a very lad-back feel compared to many other Asian countries. It also offers excellent connection to Asia and North America, with Eva Air flying through Taipei to many destinations. There are many reasons to consider moving to Taiwan.
Check out our jobs in Taiwan here.
An Asian ESL job portal for teacher seeking employment in China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan.