[quote=“mod lang”][quote=“SuchAFob”] Mine just resolved itself when I became a flaming hermit and started accidently meeting people in gas stations and shit.
No… Wait. THERE IS YOUR SOLUTION…
The kind of people hwo start conversations with complete strangers in gas stations are the kind of people who enjoy human contact. Those are the kind of friends who stay around even after finding out you suck (we all suck, get over it).[/quote]
Yeah, like this is possible outside of Taipei. Let me hit this Tapei-centric-forum with a clue stick again. Taiwan does not = Taipei. Outside of Taipei, let me hint you in, NOBODY speaks English. Yes, it is possible to learn Chinese with enough fluency to have a regular conversation at the gas station, that is more than “Jao man?” “Dui!”, if you study for 6 hours a day for six years. For the rest of us normal people, that requirement is a little bit too high of a hurdle.
But continue to live in your Taipei Central Bubble. Pretend that a few suburbs of Taipei represent the “real” Taiwan. Forget completely about the other 90% of Taiwan, where nobody at the gas stop speaks proper Chinese (only Taiwanese) much less English.[/quote]ML, there’s some truth in what you say, but you’re overstating things. (I’m getting a sense of deja vu… )
I’ve been all around Taiwan. I’ve had conversations with people at gas stations, at viewpoints, on the train, on the bus, and most places really. Some conversations in English, some in Chinese. I guess it’s true that more people in Taipei can speak more English, but on the other hand I have often been surprised by people in way-out places who can speak English, sometimes quite well.
My Chinese is good enough to have basic conversations – family, friends, favourite activities, foods, places to go etc. I studied Chinese formally for a few months only, and what I’ve learned since then has been through sporadic self-study.
I’m not a super-friendly person either. I tend to smile a lot, but that doesn’t mean I’m happy to yack on for ages with every guy who shouts something like “Oi! Foreigner! Come over here and be our friend!”