I'm an Indonesian that's been living in the states for a while now, but I decided to go back for good this year. So before heading back to Jakarta, I'm thinking to learn Mandarin in the fall for a semester or two. I learned Mandarin long time ago in Jakarta, so I've lost most of it because I never used it. I've always wanted to be able to speak Mandarin for basic/ daily conversation, so hopefully this experience would allow me to reach to that point.
I have several friends in Taipei and Taichung that have sent me some school links. And I've been reading this forum for several days now, I found many great tips and inputs, but I'm hoping to narrow down my choices.
•1 I just read a thread that saying there's a scholarship opportunity from MOE, but I think I passed the deadline (March 31st?)
Would there be other ways to get scholarship to learn Mandarin in Taiwan?
I'm interested to go to Taichung or Taipei.
•2 From what I've gathered here, though Kaohsiung has MTR, it's still taking time to walk to the stations. It still seems that it'd be better to have a scooter in Kaohsiung and Taichung?
I don't know how to ride a scooter, so I don't think it's ideal for me to move to these places.
Taipei seems to be the place for me in this matter.
•3 Another situation that I'd love to know is which schools have less Indonesian students? I have the choices either NTNU in Taipei or Tunghai in Taichung. It's not that I don't wanna befriended with them, but I find that I'd tend to speak indonesians to them. And yes, I'd have to restrict my english as well.
•4 Would it be too hard to learn the characters if I have almost no basic at all? Do you have any recommendations of what to learn and prep before I go to Taiwan? And which school would you recommend in this case?
Thank you so much, I'd really appreciate your help, guys!
Hope to hear something soon