Taiwan(台湾) Part 1

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May 23, 2019 15:25 experience language trip
I visited Taiwan over the weekend.

It was my first time.

I was a little nervous because I have never learned Chinese.

I travel abroad almost every year, but only to the U.S. where everyone speaks English.

However, in Taiwan, I was not sure what language I should use to communicate with locals.

When I arrived at the airport around Taipei, I didn’t feel like I was a complete foreigner.

Almost all people in sight seemed to be the same race as me.

There were Kanji, or Chinese characters, everywhere.

Their usages are not the same as them in Japanese, so I could only assume the meaning.

Most signs also had English beneath Kanji, and I could easily understand with it.

However, my eyes were always captured by Kanji first.

Only after struggling to guess what the Kanji meant, I noticed that there were English words were also there.

Then I found out my guessing was right or not.

When I went to market, I tended to speak Japanese rather than English even if they didn’t seem to speak Japanese,

We could understand each other also using gesture or other non-verbal communication.

Plus, I guess most of them knew some Japanese words.

It was a fun experience.