headhonchoII wrote:You live in Taiwan and never heard of Taiwan Guoyu?
Taiwan Guoyu is Taiwanese inflected Mandarin (so think lazy with Sh's and X's , and heavier with the nasal sounds and lack of retroflex) and localized phrases and words such as 'wo gen ni jiang' and 'wo you....' with grammar derived from Taiwanese.
It's spoken in the North too obviously as it is called 'Taiwan guoyu'!
headhonchoII wrote:There are obviously different accents in Taiwan although not as distinct according to locality as many countries (as Taiwan immigration meant people came from different places so quite mixed up and Mandarin was only really introduced 60 years ago) the Tainan accent is pretty distinct as is the accent of Hakka native speakers if you know what to listen for.
dahsiung wrote:This was a point raised in another, somewhat unrelated thread. Fellow Forumosan tsukinodetsu mentioned that the so-called "Taiwan Guoyu" accent is different from the local accent here in Tainan (or in the south in general). I tend to think she's right, but like her I'm not sure why.
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