Okay, excuse my ignorance, but this is the way it seems to me. First off I came to Taiwan to experience a new culture, learn a new language and make some new friends. Now I have no problem with making friends and I have loads of foreign friends. BUT, what about the Taiwanese guys?? The girls are always keen to talk to you, and their English (if your Chinese is shiite like mine) is usually passable.
However, the only Taiwanese guys that ever engage you in conversation are either 12 years old or 55 years old. What’s up with that? The guys my age (between 25 and 35) are either married (read at home), or they sit sullenly at the bar and don’t easily engage in conversation.
I would like nothing more than to make friends with a few local guys and get involved in a few more local activities (I’m not adverse to trying my hand at speaking Mandarin more). ` But how to get past this language (cultural?) barrier with the guys in the 25 to 35 year old age range?