I’ve often been asked the question by some locals, “why do you learn Chinese?” I usually reply, “because I live here and it’s necessary for me to be able to communicate in order to function.” I sometimes get a reponse that floors me: " But everyone here understands English." Recently, my gf (who speaks English well because her parents sent her to English cram schools from a young age and then overseas for intensive study) echoed this silly sentiment. I told her if she’s so convinced that all people in Taiwan speak English so well, she should take any particular day and try to spend that day speaking only English to everyone she meets-- she’d quickly learn how few people actually comprehend even simple English.
Anyway, discussion point(s): Have you encountered this strange, “everyone in Taiwan speaks English,” point of view? Or am I just meeting weird people?