[quote=“Feiren”][quote=“almas john”]Welcome to Forumosa sheep shearer,
Yes, you should definitely finish the degree. Otherwise, you’d be unemployable here on the island.
There are a few chaps on this site who came to Taiwan to bed with their Taiwanese love units. In most cases things didn’t work out and most of them are now broken wrecks of men, drunkards working deadend ESL jobs, too far gone to ever go back to civilisation. But then again, you could be lucky. Just don’t blame me if 20 years hence, you find yourself in some shitty little corrugated-iron shack passing as a school, staggering around drunk in a Santa outfit (three sizes too small) while a mob of seven-year-olds claw at you shouting for candy.[/quote]
Short but classic.
Some of the most unhappy foreigners I have met in Taiwan (and there are a lot) have been men who came back to Taiwan with their girlfriend or wife. Taiwan can be a challenging place to live, and when things in the relationship don’t go well, there is an understandable tendency to say why the f___ am I here on this accursed island.
Give yourself reasons to be here other than her. One of the most important things you can do is start learning Chinese immediately when you get here. Plan on spending a couple years making that your main activity in Taiwan and structure your life around it. Otherwise, you will soon get used to living here without knowing the language and you will never learn more than a smattering. If you delay starting to study Chinese, you will probably never do it.
Good luck and welcome to Taiwan![/quote]
I have already started studying chinese, my university in england has a beginners course and im going to take it again next year if they let me. It is really good advice to learn chinese. First time I went to taiwan I only knew some basics and people seemed impressed by that, second time I knew a lot more through the basic course and people seemed really suprised. Every oppurtunity I get I try and speak to chinese native speakers to practise, because I am not always going to be just speaking to my girlfriend.
In all seriousness I was planning on moving to Asia before I met my girlfriend, I just didnt know what country yet, but now that has been decided for me, I am also really interested in the culture, the food, the people I find it all interesting.
I can see how it can go wrong though for people, and im just keeping my fingers and toes crossed that it does not happen to me, but I am also trying to do what I can to eradicate that happening as much as possible.
When I move there I plan to continue to try and study and learn chinese, I want to be able to try and read and write although I know this could take some time but if you want to do it a lot i believe anyone can do things like that.
As well as this I want to join similar interest groups, maybe football teams, or photo groups or whatever. I have a lot of interests. I dont just want to go there, sit on my arse and get fatter.
sorry for big post.
good advice too
and thanks for the welcome