I am 25 years old and from the Netherlands. I have recently been to Taiwan and love the country. Previously, I have studied Mandarin in Shanghai and Beijing and am currently working towards HSK3 (lower-intermediate level).
I have experienced that, although you have a certain grade in Mandarin, your fluency and understanding of the language can still lack behind.
Therefore, I am planning to go do Taiwan for one-year of full-time studying and learning Mandarin. My idea is to immersive myself as much as possible in the language, and also want to find a host family, to further accelerate my learning.
I will go together with a friend, and we have promised eachother that upon landing in Taiwan, we will only speak Mandarin.
Could you give me some pointers on the following:
- Good language schools in Taiwan (important: intenisity, immersion, HES scholarship institution).
- Ways of finding host families.
Me and and my friend want to be in an environment that will accelerate our learning, so we want it to be as immersive as possible. We are willing to live anywhere in Taiwan.
If you have any recommendations or experiences please let us now!
Thanks a lot, Pieter