ITT: countries you think about

ITT: countries you think about

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  1. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Taiwan is a great country to visit. Spent 5 weeks there a few years back, went all around. Jinmen in particular was great.

  2. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think about Taiwan a lot, too. Wanna do the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship program next year if I'm able.

  3. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I like Taiwan, I've visited it twice and wouldn't mind visiting again.

    However, the country I'm currently thinking about is Chile. I'm not even sure why.

  4. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Taiwan haters are so busy arguing in the other 2 threads, they don't know about this one yet.
    I couldn't engineer a better travel destination if I tried. True it is destined to end in nuclear fire, but what examples of perfection aren't?

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Who in their right mind would hate Taiwan?

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        I hated Taipei during winter because a month could go by without the sun ever showing up.
        70 hours of sunlight on average, for 3 fricking months. Absolute fricking dog shit weather.
        Other than that, no complaints. Actually, maybe they could stop with the betel nuts and spitting everywhere as well.

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          When I taught in Taiwan, I showed up to three straight months of overcast and rain. I thought it was a bait-and-switch until even the locals were asking why the weather stayed so shitty for so long. The English folk felt right at home

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      >True it is destined to end in nuclear fire, but what examples of perfection aren't?
      Spoken like a true American.

  5. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Other than Taipei and Kaohsiung, is Taiwan a viable travel destination if you don't speak any Chinese?

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      In Taichung, while waiting at a crossing I had some random drunk old guy start speaking to me in English asking why I was there and then he started pointing to other Taiwanese, shouting that they are "fricking moron" and laughing

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Why not learn Chinese anon? I only put in 30 hours of study time before going and I was having ok conversations with people.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        I'd need 300 hours just to figure out tones
        Nevertheless, I'd like to learn one day

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          Tones are not hard, they’re just unfamiliar so they seem intimidating. In fact, Chinese would be a lot harder without them (I won’t go into my reasoning, but it’s true). When I said I was conversational after 30 hours of study, I should have provided context: I am a stuttering moron, not a language prodigy. I listened to the full Michel Thomas course during my commute, and supplemented with YT vids.
          When you realize in Chinese you never have to conjugate verbs or deal with complex tenses, suddenly it seems a lot more approachable than “easy” languages like Spanish.
          Of course, I’m only talking about becoming comfortable at beginner level. Mandarin has a reputation for being difficult to reach fluency in, and I’m sure that’s true.

          • 4 months ago
            Anonymous

            As someone who became fluent in Chinese but could never really make progress in Spanish, I endorse this message.

            Think its because I have an easier time learning something via continuous verbal DOING/practice (tones) vs rote memorization (tenses, conjugations). Of course Chinese is also memorization heavy if you want to read but again think easier as its recognition, not recall.

            • 4 months ago
              Anonymous

              How long did it take you to reach the level you’re at now?

              • 4 months ago
                Anonymous

                ~3-4 years, all spent living in China

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Taiwan is very easy to get around, people are quite friendly and helpful. There's a bullet train that goes down the West coast. I cycled up from Taitung to Hualien, it was super fun to do. The east coast is absolutely beautiful, highly recommend going there.
      I studied a lot of Chinese going before going there, but it was useless. Taiwanese mandarin has a strong accent with slurred speech + the writing is in traditional. I could only understand mainland chinese.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        >I studied a lot of Chinese before going there, but it was useless
        To be clear this is because you are bad at Chinese, not because Chinese is useless in Taiwan

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah, I'm not going to pretend I'm perfect at it but I remember coming in to Taipei and checking in. Some guy from Shanghai was speaking to the hostel receptionist in mandarin I understood everything he said but I couldn't understand a single thing the girl was saying. The accent is hard to get used to. Took me a week to understand the metro 下一站 announcement.

          • 4 months ago
            Anonymous

            Yeah it is harder than standard or northern mainland mandarin for sure. But I also find it easier to understand than most southern mainland nong botched mandarin. Anyway I like to troll Taiwanese by really playing up a northern mainland accent when there. The girls short circuit when they hear it

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Taiwanese mandarin has a strong accent with slurred speech
        Rhotacization (the literal meaning of slurred speech) is a feature of the northern accent, though.

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          Maybe it's just because I'm from the west country in the UK which has the same rhotic accent but northern accents are a lot clearer. Taiwanese sort of merge the zh, x, j, sounds and pronounce the "sh" as "s" half the time.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah I've been all over without issue. People usually make an effort to understand you and google translate works quite well with Chinese these days (both for character recognition as well as voice)

  6. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think about Japan a lot. I don't care for anime although I grew up watching it. I don't care for anything inside Tokyo or Osaka or any of the big cities. I want to go to a small village and court a cute girl and spend the night at her place, and maybe a couple of days with her, exploring her town, learning about her life, letting her get to know me a bit as well.

  7. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I don't why but for some reason I've painted up Chile as the most magical place in my head, my magnum opus travel destination. I haven't even been to south america.

  8. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Malé fascinates me. It feels like an island that's lost in time and the airport is bigger than where the population lives.

  9. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I recently had a brand new desire to visit Argentina, specifically patagonia.

    I've only ever been to Austria and Japan so not sure it's going to make my next few trips but it's gonna happen some day I hope.

    That and Taiwan also because I want to go before communists destroy it

  10. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've been thinking about Niger for years. No idea what's there but I had a coworker who did his PhD research there and made me think goddamn it would be cool to have a job that took me amazing places.

  11. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I worked there as a teacher during two years from 2020 to 2022. Everyday I think of going back 🙁

  12. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think a lot about what surf spots could be hiding across these islands, fairly certain the locals keep them secret on purpose.

  13. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I wish this place spoke more French and was a little safer and cheaper to travel to. I'd totally live there

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