Found this forum recently and guessed it seems like the best place to air my questions which have left me slightly confused recently.
I am male British born Chinese 23 years old and am looking to improve my Chinese in either Shanghai or Taipei , I am a city kinda person, love the hustle and bustle of places like Hong Kong etc and would guess that these two cities would make the best choices.
I just quit recently from an oil company in which I was earning a quite enviable sum considering I only recently graduated, however the job was just boring and intolerable and I was working with no one even close to my age which really basically got tedious after a while and after hearing stories of other friends studying chinese in Beijing, I felt an inner calling to do the same.
My current level of Mandarin is about 700 words conversational, I can read perhaps 400-500 simplified characters and can hold SIMPLE conversations, I am however quite a fluent Cantonese speaker and also a fluent Hokkien speaker ( I can pretty much understand Taiwanese i hear on TV to about 80%) which puts me in the unusual position of being able to understand Taiwanese before Mandarin LOL. My Mandarin learning is more about picking up vocab and accent refinment (I have been told i sound like a HK person when i speak mandarin!) rather than learning the grammar which I am already quite familar with
Ok so my choices at the moment are basically ShiDa (sic) in Taipei and Fudan /JiaoTong in Shanghai, I would like to go to a Uni that is multicultural with people from all over the world and also with many of my age group if possible, I would also preferably like accomodation on campus which as I understand most uni’s in Taiwan cannot offer but those in Shanghai can, I have nightmares of basically renting a room in taipei by myself and after class not socialising with anyone! I am basically looking for the place which can offer the best lifestyle as a student which I miss oh so much from my own uni days. This is probably my last chance to study anything formally so would like to make the best of it!!
Can Anyone help me???