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kimlijune wrote:I'm really curious as to what Taiwanese guys think of Taiwanese born American (like myself)? Like, I honestly think that they avoid me like the plague for some reason-- it's kind of upsetting. My Chinese isn't THAT bad but it could definitely be improved. For example, there are some phrases I want to say in Chinese but I don't know the vocabulary for so I say it in English. It might just be me but I think making in friends in Taiwan is probably one of the hardest things to do-- they might not be good at English but I know my Chinese isn't that great either. What do you guys think? Any insight on how I can improve my chances in making friends in Taiwan? (so I don't have to go everywhere by myself... damn, that sounds depressing)
Just a slight language barrier. Same for me when I grew up in the USA kids at school didnt want to talk to me because I couldn't speak English when I first arrived. Don't give up and just keep trying. Treat the obstacle as a stepping stone.
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if you go to French, and talk to the locals in english, do you think they would then try to use english to response your conversation? If I went to America and had to say something in english but my english isn't very good and started talking in some chinese and how do you think they will response? How about people who moved to America and can't talk good english?
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