Im glad to hear that its fun and easy, the few Taiwanese people that I know here in America says that most Taiwanese are afraid of foreigners
So im testing to see how hard it is to really get to know people before i move
HAHAHHAAHAAH are you sure they are really Taiwanese???? A lot of local people are afraid to speak English, but honestly most people can a little and will try. I don't' think in the 10 years I've been here anyone has been (EEK wai guo ren!!! scary).
Just curious do you only want local friend? Or other expats too (Ie do you dance with Chinese (dances with wolves reference that my friends and I use) and think us other foreigners are scum? ) I have a mix of local and expat friends. All of them speak English (even though I speak Chinese).
There are lots of different groups, most/many that are in English are organized by expats but every group I've ever seen has Locals who join up (to make new friends, hang out with existing friends, or maybe to make friends and practice their English).
On Facebook there is a board gaming group, hiking and biking group, the Taiwan east west culture project (mostly Taichi but they do other things too like hikes and bbq's) hmmm there is the want a sub need a sub group if you need work, the Taipei/Taiwan apartments and roommates group if you're looking for a place to stay. (there is tealit too.. but I hatesess
them and while they have lots of posts, they SUCK.. often deleting or blocking posts for no reason.. making the site rapidly become more and more useless.) There are also several party promotion groups.. party Taiwan I think is the name of one, on facebook and the web... there are also several pages such as Taipei trends and Taiwan night that tell lots of parties to go to. Wednesday is ladies night (free entry and sometimes free drinks) at almost every bar.. I think brass monkey is the only exception being thursday.
hum hum that's all I can think of off the top of my head. But I suggest just typing whatever you're looking to do, (hike, taichi, party) into either google or facebook with the words taipei and or Taiwan. And you'll probably find some group doing that.
Also you meet local friends through work, or I do anyway. I always make friend's with my co teachers (just a good idea in general for peace and happiness in work.. you DO not want your co workers to be against you) and then going out for lunch dinner etc with them, they often introduce me to more people.
hope this all helps
PS I'm friendly if you wanna hang out just gimmie a hollar
good luck and welcome to the wan (soon)