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Preparing your life in Taiwan

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According to Wikipedia, Taiwan's population was estimated in 2005 at 22.9 million, most of whom are on the island of Taiwan. About 98% of the population is of Han Chinese ethnicity. About 70% of the people in Taiwan belong to the Hoklo ethnic group and speak both Standard Mandarin (officially recognized by the ROC as the National Language) and Taiwanese Minnan (commonly known as "Taiwanese"; a variant of Min Nan spoken in Fujian province). Standard Mandarin is the primary language of instruction in schools.

Taiwan is a great place to learn Mandarin Chinese, even though English is widely spoken, and speaking some Chinese will definitively help you.

Below are some useful links that could be useful to learn Chinese for preparing your trip/stay in Taiwan.

ChinesPod.com

Probably the best source of podcasts to learn Chinese on the web.

Skritter.com

Definitively the best place to learn how to write Chinese characters

ChineseTeachers.com

Definitively the best place to have 1-1 Chinese lessons with qualified Chinese teachers.

Nciku.com

Definitively the best online English-Chinese dictionary.

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nsauvage New member
Member since 17 July 2009
Taipei, Taiwan
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recoveringtaiwanoholic
recoveringtaiwanoholic
5 years ago

Ethnicity is a little more complicated than that. When the Minnan people came to Taiwan several hundred years ago, it was mostly male workers. For a few decades there were Spanish and Dutch sailors and colonialists hanging around too. So no doubt they mixed with the aboriginal populations fairly quickly making the genepool quite a healthy mix. Certainly not "pure" Chinese!

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