Taiwan is a great country for studying Chinese, no doubt about it. The learning environment is really great, a lot of chances to speak and listen to Chinese. But I have been thinking about the question: do you really make use of that great environment? Because actually you can avoid all those great oppurtunities to speak Chinese.
You can get your food from 7-11 where you don’t have to speak a word. You could also go to all those Western fast-food chains, and even speak English to the people who work there without having too much of a bad feeling. You could spend your free time with some buddies that you got to know here in the forum and that happily just speak English or your mother tongue with you.
–> you avoid all the chances to really improve your Chinese!
Sadly, some of that is true for me too. So where are the chances to really speak Chinese? I have to say, for me I really always enjoy to take a cab and try to talk with the cab driver. Most of the time, they are really chatty and happy to talk to you. Also, my local “lu wei” vendor, whenever I buy my “lu wei” we are having a little conversation, and I am happy to see that I can express more and more.
So what kind of language learner here in Taiwan are you? The “avoider” or more the other type, who would jump into any possible conversation with a local?