Oh I see my thread has been merged with this old one.
Sorry mods - I wasn't aware that bumping old threads is looked upon more kindly here than starting a new thread with the same topic as an existing one - in some places, bumping old threads is highly frowned upon.
I guess that's what the screaming, "Please SEARCH before posting!" sticky was all about.
Poagao wrote:<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, Geneva">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Bu Lai En:
<strong>my girlfriend won't help me because she doesn't like it.</strong><hr></blockquote>
I've noticed that a lot of women here, especially in Taipei, seem to dislike Taiwanese. It's like they think speaking it is uncouth and below them or something, while guys generally don't seem to have a problem with it.
It's hard for me to make progress on my Taiwanese in Taipei because I already know Mandarin and it's too easy to use that to communicate, and everyone here speaks Mandarin. When I leave the city and go south, however, I try to speak Taiwanese with everyone.
I read the EXACT same thing in a journal article about a study of attitudes towards the Cantonese vernacular among native Cantonese speakers in Guangzhou. Basically, women were inclined to despise Cantonese as a sign of being low-class, and associated it with poverty and with men who had a low social status. On the other hand, men were more likely to have a positive attatchment to it.