PigBloodCake wrote:dan2006 wrote:PigBloodCake wrote:dan2006 wrote:Why does it seem like everything that a "foreigner" tries to do is met with a "your a foreigner" and a manual comes out in how to deal with us or we get fobbed off quickly like a hot potato?
You know I get that too when I first arrived in America and tried to speak Mandarin with my classmates. The nerve of them to laugh at me and tell me to "go back to my own country"
I don't expect locals in Taiwan to speak English and I do speak very basic Mandarin, but I do expect companies that claim to be international firms to at least know enough English to deal with their clients.
In the same way that if I was Spanish in the USA and pushed the option for Spanish to have an actual, live, spanish person answer the phone.
Ah, not in Taiwan. I can't even get a Citibank cc in the 'wan when I returned even though I already have (and still do) a Citi Platinum cc in the States. English? More like Chinglish as they're too cheap to hire someone with your (and *prolly* most others on this board) expectation.
International my foot....try to lower your expectation when you come to the 'wan. Glad you're not into the 'hate' thing (yet?).
Citibank is one of the worst. They didn't want to open an account for me because I could not read the chinese forms which is a requirement for them.
I think your suggestion to lower my expectations might be in order
But I think this is also a good business opportunity. I should go into these companies in person and offer my services for their English speaking clients. But based on my experiences so far, they are not really interested in paying extra to attract people that they don't really want as customers in the first place.