tsukinodeynatsu wrote:headhonchoII wrote:It happens because you look like a white or non Asian, doesn't matter if you are fluent in Chinese or speak German or whatever.
It very, very rarely happens with me, and only when I go to Taipei or Yilan. And even still, very, very rarely, like maybe once out of about ten trips.
I'm white, short, slim, brown hair, and speak Mandarin almost like a Tainan native. As in, when I go to Taipei the taxi drivers all know that I live in Tainan @.@;
I'm not sure if it's because I'm short and therefore don't quite meet the 'foreigner' expectation or if it's because I hardly sound foreign at all. I'm kind of leaning towards the latter, but I've never heard any of you other fluent speakers on here speak so I have no idea, but all the fluent speakers I have heard sound pretty non-native to my ears, which has always surprised me.
Accents aren't a static thing, to be fair. My accent depends on who I've hung out with in recent months and recent days. But over the phone, most mainlanders think I'm Taiwanese. The Taiwanese I speak to on the phone know I'm not a native Taiwanese, but that's after years of my being back in the US. A month vacation hanging out in the south could do my accent wonders. Though I might end up with Taiwanese dialect envy, so I should just put that thought out of my mind before I go off trying to achieve that mirage.
Can anyone here do a good Chen Shui Bian style Taiwan guoyu accent? I have been dying to figure out how to do one of those so I can entertain friends. If anyone has some tips on what makes a good thick Taiwan guoyu accent, do share