I know the most basic Mandarin. My ultimate goal in going to Taipei is to learn to converse in Mandarin
I know the most basic Mandarin. My ultimate goal in going to Taipei is to learn to converse in Mandarin.
keryl wrote:My ultimate goal in going to Taipei is to learn to converse in Mandarin.
Dragonbones wrote:keryl wrote:My ultimate goal in going to Taipei is to learn to converse in Mandarin.
Hello keryl, and welcome to Forumosa!
My goal in coming to Taibei was also to learn to converse in Mandarin. So I moved here with a plan to get a job teaching English to pay the bills while studying independently. As steelersman points out, formal course study isn't necessary for conversational Mandarin, and some courses will have you spending a lot of time learning to write characters.
That said, IMO you won't REALLY learn spoken Mandarin well unless you are either taking structured classes, or are a very motivated and self-disciplined person. Once you are busy teaching, you'll easily find excuses not to study, and the Mandarin goal can easily slip down on the list of priorities. In my case, I managed to focus on the goal and kept progressing, so independent study worked pretty well. Your situation might or might not differ.
Note that in the long run you might regret not being able to read and write some Chinese, and that takes even more discipline than learning to speak. Classes can offer the structure for that, and you can still go the extra mile on your own time for the conversational part, with free language exchanges, SO's and so on.
In the end, it's up to you which path you take.
Not a reason for "concern" by any means - it's not exactly out in the middle of nowhere & not any different from other schools in terms of facilities. It's just minutes from the MRT station & has several buses just outside the gate. Takes roughly $30NT ($1us) & 30min each way from NCCU to Tai-Da area by bus/MRT.keryl wrote:2nd choice is NCCU (but my mom has concerns with it being in Muzha... she said it's too far from the city center?)
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