Moving to Taiwan

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Just accepted a teaching job in Taiwan. My pay is 750ntd an hour ($25.3) and my apartment is only $200 a month.

What's some general advice you guys can give about living in Taiwan?

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  1. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Also I'm learning Mandarin with Anki. I know around 600 words so far.

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Which book / resources are you using to learn Mandarin?

      I would recommend learning individual characters before words.

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        I know i'm going to sound blasphemous, but why the frick would you learn the characters or even put them out as a priority ? Especially if you're learning it with the intention of going there. You don't need them in theory. Most of times the only required knowledge would be to speak it and nothing more.
        Also, to be quite honest, it would be extremely demotivating to focus on learning characters exclusively, because you can't form sentences with those in a vacuum. You need knowledge of grammar and also the ability to form actual words, because while the characters have meaning, they often need to be combined with other syllables to make real words that people use (think xue+xi, study).

        I will give you some recommendations.. Keep in mind that we're talking putonghua here aka as standard as possible. Taiwanese mandarin is basically that aside from a very small amount of changes in accents and a few words that aren't the same, but trust me, you don't want to sound like a taiwanese. Also, don't worry to much over choosing trad or simplified. While the switch isn't necessarily simple, it's possible and it's always something you can do once you're in the country. If you're able to recognize simplified you'll basically be able to figure out and guess the changes and you should be able to understand trad in a few months of staying, so don't bother much with it.

        I'm putting my recommendations in the next post

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous

          cont.

          If you want to lean how to write chinese and learn words, Integrated Chinese is the way to go. I recommend this series of books for self study. Audio resources are available in youtube and they're absolute gold. there's a chinese person in the dialogues that really speaks like a normal chinese person , which is honestly great practice because most resources are basically people speaking like morons and nothing like what you may hear. This is what you should use if you want a fully functional drive of the chinese language, provided you practice regularly. When i'm on vacation, I usually try to go through an entire book.

          If you want to take the standardized route of HSK, use the Hsk Standard Course books. By finishing a book of a certain level, you're basically done with that HSK level. The vocabulary from the word list (the good news is that both the book and the list will have overlapping vocab so everything you learn will be used, which is satisfying). I know the audio resources are on youtube too. It is less fun that integrated chinese, but it definitely does the job and is efficient. This is also what teachers online and on-site may use as a resource (or a powerpointified version of it) should you plan for HSK.

          My last recommendation is actually very specific and only concerns those who will go to Taiwan to study chinese. IF you do, chances are you're going to NTNU (national taiwan normal uni). If this is what you plan, I heavily suggest you get their book in advance (a course in contemporary chinese). Don't bother learning simplified if you know you're going to take trad classes. Actually, if you really do not like simplified for some reason, you can also use this series of books. It's actually pretty good.

          For coomers and ESL teachers who do not give a frick about chinese but still want to know how to get by : Assimil's Chinese With Ease, which skips all the character BS so you can focus on oral Chinese so that b***h can give you oral.

          • 2 years ago
            Anonymous

            stfu dpp homosexual.

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        Just using Anki. Using a deck called Mandarin Chinese From beginner to advanced

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        >Which book / resources are you using to learn Mandarin?
        HSK course. learn both characters at the same time.
        https://b-ok.cc/book/3635704/445adf

  2. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    aka Troon general. Have fun getting aids homosexual.

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      cope and sneed, chinaman

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        is this supposed to be a gacha for china? Xiamen looks nice af while kinmen looks like what people make fun of china for supposadly being like.
        >chinaman
        wtf is this the 70s?

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous

          Leave, chink.

          • 2 years ago
            Anonymous

            I'm Greek, but there is no need for anti-Chinese racism here, whether you like it or not even taiwanese are "chinks".

            • 2 years ago
              Anonymous

              Stfu chink. You are worth less than the grime on the bottom of my shoe.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                Grime as in electric British rap? Thnx

            • 2 years ago
              Anonymous

              There are good chinks and shit chinks in these world, taiwanese are the former but you're the latter

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous

          Taiwan has 4x the gdp per Capita of CCP. Lol Chink

          • 2 years ago
            Anonymous

            taiwan is like 1/4 the size of ireland and has had billions of USD poured into it, not to mention the gold the KMT stole during the retrat. Try harder mutt.

            • 2 years ago
              Anonymous

              Cope
              Post
              Whatever excuse you make for why Taiwan is far better than China is just that, an excuse.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                >makes misinformed statement
                >is given facts on said statement (which if you bothered to check you'd find out are correct; the US DID give billions throughout the 20th century and the KMT DID empty banks from gold during their retreat from the mainland.)
                >HrrDrr Exuses Hrrrr
                Is this what mutt academia has come down to?

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                >misinformed statement
                It's a literal fact though. Holy shit, cope.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                >Not saying it's not a fact, it's just inaccurate and doesnt take into account the whole picture. Why not talk about nominal real or actual GDP if you're alergic to context, what, gonna bring up the differnece in size?

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                >it's just inaccurate
                It's actually completely accurate. Taiwan's PPP is 4x that of China

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                yep alergic to context. as if GDP doesn't have to be divided by 1.5 Billion for China, while only for 23 mil for Taiwan to get the PPP figures.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                Yes. That is how per Capita works. Congrats chink, you are learning.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                Again, why not talk about literally all the useful forms of GDP, what's next glowie gonna bring up HDI?

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                Holy cope. Lol.
                You can make any excuse for why china is a shithole and Taiwan isn't but all they are are excuses

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                >makes misinformed statement
                >is given facts on said statement (which if you bothered to check you'd find out are correct; the US DID give billions throughout the 20th century and the KMT DID empty banks from gold during their retreat from the mainland.)
                >HrrDrr Exuses Hrrrr
                Is this what mutt academia has come down to?

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                PPP is the best indicator of individual wealth

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                avarege is never the best indicator of anything. For all you know if Jeff Bezos and Musk moved to China the PPP, even divided by the population, whould still significantly rise. It doesn't take account of distribution of wealth, which is what Xi is trying to fix atm.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                Taiwan has less wealth inequality than China. Kek. Thanks for bringing up a good point that China is even worse than we thought.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                Taiwan is more comparable to western europe or north america than China in almost every conceivable way when it comes to quality of life, income, health and safety, environmental quality and everything else.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                >aiwan has less wealth inequality than China. Kek.
                says who lol, I'm just talking about China cuz that's the place I've done research on. IF you think there's no inequality between paddie farmes around Gaoxiong and the DPP officials or the native tribes who live in the moutaoins that's not my fault.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                40% of Chinese families make less than $140 a month

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                and? Have yu seen the cost of living in the chinese countryside? With a couple months savings you can build your own house ffs. Your parents could comprehend such low cost of living but perhaps you can't in this day and age.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                PPP takes into account cost of living third world moron
                Chink is seething and poor

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                PPP is literally real GDP divided by population autist.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                Yes and takes into account buying power.
                You really are going out of your way to defend a third world shithole

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                China is considered second world as in developing. Although in the Cold war sense, it would be third world as First world were Nato countries, second non-aligned and Third Comintern or opposed to nato, not sure if the last two were the other way around. Anyhow that terminology has frickall to do with development and everything to do with political orientation.
                >Yes and takes into account buying power.
                ahuh, and how is that cost of living moron? Cost of living is measured by taking into account prices of consumer goods and real estate, not purchasing power.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                China's cost of living is 20% less for 1/5 the money kek
                China is shithole

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                says who lol, it obviously depends on location tho. Cities are more expensive but incomes are higher, countryside is cheaper but incomes are lower.

                https://pandabuddy.net/cost-of-living-in-china/

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/rankings_by_country.jsp

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                China is a poor country and a bad place to live
                Taiwan is a wealthy country and a good place to live

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                maybe, shame it's not a country.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                Chink lost the first argument so is making a whole new cope kek.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                Yeah, shame the PRC isn't a country

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                The US thinks otherwise when they shifted from recogniosing Taipei to Beijing.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                China is considered second world as in developing. Although in the Cold war sense, it would be third world as First world were Nato countries, second non-aligned and Third Comintern or opposed to nato, not sure if the last two were the other way around. Anyhow that terminology has frickall to do with development and everything to do with political orientation.
                >Yes and takes into account buying power.
                ahuh, and how is that cost of living moron? Cost of living is measured by taking into account prices of consumer goods and real estate, not purchasing power.

                Butthurt losers who can't stop crying for a living wage in America are now upset that China is rich

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                PPP takes into account buying power which takes into account cost of goods and services. Stupid Chink

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                Buying power and cost of living are two different indexes stupid mutt, the buying power can remain at a certain value completely independant of the Cost of living.
                COST OF LIVING IS THE PRICE OF GOODS AND SERVICES, now if you want to put PP into the mix you can, but that would be a whole different index.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                Lol Chink seethe is unreal. Buying power takes into account the cost of goods and services.
                China is a poor shithole

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                >Buying power
                ahuh and how does the GDP PPP take cost of living into account exactly when it's simply real GDP / population Mr Stiglitz, please enlightem me?

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                ahuh and why are you intentionally mixing up gdp ppp and gdp per capita Mr Wang, please enlighten me ?

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                lol purchasing power parity is GDP per capita adjusted for consumer costs in USD. Not all so different.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                >It's ok that China is a shithole because it has a lot of people
                Sounds like China needs to be split up then.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                ok, but someone would always try to unite it. That's just how it works. Didn't it split up in the warlord ear during the 20s?

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                Kill the guy trying to unite it. Apparently China is better split according to Chinks.
                Maybe Britain should carve it up again

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                Taiwan is wealthy because it didn't fall for the communism meme
                China is poor because it did

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                >Taiwan is wealthy because it didn't fall for the communism meme. China is poor because it did.
                If that's what not falling for the commie meme looks like, idk what to say anon. I guess call me comrade.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                The most popular show in China is hosted by a troony
                China is a third world shithole that killed 10s of millions of its own people. You coping about gays won't change that.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                >The most popular show in China is hosted by a troony
                The most popular show is the New Year Gala, which is in fact NOT hosted by a trannie, idk where u get your half baked /misc/ tier info from but could you at leas provide the name of the show you're talking about? If you're talking about dramas I think Eternal Love would be the most popular one, which is like as straight as it gets.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                Lol Chink cope

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                lol he did get you go tho

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                Where's he going?

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                To the pentagon probably. It's time for the morning report.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                My report sir,

                Chinks seething

                That is all.

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      >Getting aids
      This isn't a thread about Russia

  3. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    we didn't need a continuation for this thread.

    Most of your questions were answered, and you're a fricking moron earning 50k a month living like a literal monk in the middle of bumfrick nowhere in order to save a ridiculous amount of money. this is no way to live out an expatriation, you should've stayed at home.

    Taiwan threads are rare and nice when they happen because people bring up a lot of nice info but you shouldn't have to force them.

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      this everyone please use herbs for this stupid ass thread we already covered everything in the last thread

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      >you're a fricking moron earning 50k a month living like a literal monk in the middle of bumfrick nowhere in order to save a ridiculous amount of money
      I have always been able to live on a small budget. Going to invest my money and hopefully make it out decently wealthy. Not everyone needs a lot of material goods to be happy. My own place, nice friends and a job I enjoy is all I need in life. I have spend my life in America poor so will use this opportunity. A few more years of penny pinching to come out wealthy seem like a good deal to me.

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        >to come out wealthy
        you will NEVER EVER be able to own land in America.

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous

          >He thinks I'm going back to America
          Nah, that's a money sink of a country. Maybe if the housing market crashes again I might

  4. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    >muh trad muh conservative muh muh

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/QHQ1LWK.jpg

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        Cope Yank troon. Beijing has smog, and?

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous

          >Cope Yank troon. Beijing has smog, and?

          • 2 years ago
            Anonymous

            >Posts photoshopped /misc/ meme outside /misc/
            >Gaatcha
            do mutts really?

            • 2 years ago
              Anonymous

              Is this photoshop too, bugman?

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                yep, also you can't call others bugman you protoplasmic slime, this is a taiwan thread ffs. Now pipe down and stop wanking to your Chinese reconstruction area pics.

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                No need to chink out, mate. Just messing with the wumao stinking up the thread

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous

          Between my country having gay marriage or being a third world authoritarian shithole that kills 60 million of its own people on top of being the most polluted country on earth and cuck laws like 1 child policy. Hmmm I don't know.

          • 2 years ago
            Anonymous

            >60 million
            says fricking who? your arsehole?
            >being the most polluted country on earth
            New Dehli says hi
            >cuck laws like 1 child policy
            Not a thing for literal ages at this pointYou've been exposed globohomosexual homosexual. You mind having someone keeping corpos in check so that they teach your kids CRT and fricking homosexual sex in kindergarten, good fricking luck.

            • 2 years ago
              Anonymous

              >Chink compares a single city to a country
              Kek

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                As if the rest of India is any better

              • 2 years ago
                Anonymous

                China and India are far more similar than China is to Taiwan

  5. 2 years ago
    Anonymous
  6. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    I LOVE CHINESE PEOPLE
    I LOVE AMERICANS
    I LOVE THIS PLANET

    It's not hard to be happy bros. Happy Friday!!!!!

  7. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    >WHV will open up in two days.
    Sauce?

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Looks like "his ass". I just did a search on the English-language Taiwanese news sites and there's been nothing new in the last month related to WHVs.

  8. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

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  9. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    >https://visaguide.world/asia/taiwan-visa/working-holiday/
    >You are not allowed to enroll in full-time formal courses in any Taiwanese educational institution. You are only allowed to enroll in Chinese language courses, and even then, the study period must not be longer than 3 months.
    >You cannot apply to turn the Working Holiday Visa into another type of Taiwan visa.
    I don't understand why you're hyping this opportunity up so much, unless you really do mean it's for someone with nothing else going on in their lives. If it was for a duration more than 3 months, say 1 year, that'd be cool, but it's not. Am I not understanding your post?

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      WHVs are a 6 month deal renewable once, i.e a full year. You can basically do whatever the frick you want as long as you do not enroll in a university, which is reasonable since you'd need a student visa. If you really want to learn Chinese, take the mandarin learning visa. You even get a scholarship and have the right to work. You can also take part time lessons.

      >unless you really do mean it's for someone with nothing else going on in their lives.

      Taiwan has a booming industry in certain sectors, that actually pay pretty well compared to its cost of life. It has a lovely weather all year around, the people are ridiculously nice, little to no crime/violence, the food is great and you're right in the center of SEA and EA, meaning Japan, Korea, PH, Thailand, are now cheap destinations you can easily visit. And you can actually WORK, meaning that you won't be at a loss after your stay. There are other WHV destinations (such as Japan, Australia, NZ, etc.) and they all are a a once in a lifetime occasion for you to discover a new world with new people and a completely different culture before your thirties. If that is something you believe is not worth doing unless you have "nothing else going on in your life", you either are an astronaut or you're so deep in the rat race you can't consider any other lifestyle.

      Even if you're career focused, depending on certain countries (it's possible in Taiwan or Canada but in Japan not so much, for example), you can actually use a WHV to get an edge when it comes to getting recruited abroad. Then once your visa expires, as they now trust that you're not a complete moron and that you became an actual part of the team, getting a work visa will be significantly easier. I know many people who got a job that way btw.

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        I'm a swe in the US and I can not work abroad, not even nationally. I've been trying to find another job which allows it, but finding another job has proven to be difficult and a job offer only presents itself once/bi-annually. Do you know if there is any demand for foreign programmers who can't speak Mandarin in Taiwan? I have been (lazily) learning Mandarin for almost 1 year now.

        I feel an imminent struggle with a chronic disease I have, so I could just apply for a WHV for next year and quit my job, I have enough saved to sustain myself for 5 years in the west. Seems like something a loser would do though. I know losers who've spent so much time traveling and have nothing to show for it, they leech off of mentally ill, wealthy yacht owners and think they're free, flying to different countries just to sleep on peoples couches. Can't build anything meaningful by doing that in my opinion. However, I've only build one or two somewhat meaningful relationship in the past 3 years

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous

          Yes, lots of programmer jobs no mand necessary

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous

          if you have a good job just stay in the USA, I worked in Taiwan for 5 years and I knew "tech" people working at the intel building in nangang who made basically what an English teacher makes. Most people there won't make much money unless they are working at a multinational in their own country that sends them there or are at the absolute top of their field. They can hire locals for very cheap for most things so there is not really any opportunity for foreigners.
          inb4 some moron says his top of the field engineer or architect friend works there or someshit like that.
          Also realize most people lie about their positions and how much they make. The tech people I knew lied through their teeth about it and only told me after we got to know each other more.

          also can all you homosexuals stop arguing in here thx and OP is a homosexual for making this thread again so I will use the S herbs

          • 2 years ago
            Anonymous

            Ironically, most expats that do not come from a TEFL background or that didn't come from the MNC system are actually top of their fields, PhDs or 5 to 10+ experience. Why ? Because anywhere else in the world expatriation is something that has been prepared early on. Not everyone is American, earning 500k a year as a software engineer. The good news is that the rest of the world actually gains something when they go to other countries. Also, in those fields, "top of your field" usually just means working in some not-so-bad companies for more than 5 years. You want good wages, go to Singapore and do finance.

            >Do you know if there is any demand for foreign programmers who can't speak Mandarin in Taiwan?
            Yes. But unless you work at an MNC, you may earn less. But they have relatively free healthcare, and life is overall cheap there.

            https://i.imgur.com/HyPzIT0.jpg

            I'm a swe in the US and I can not work abroad, not even nationally. I've been trying to find another job which allows it, but finding another job has proven to be difficult and a job offer only presents itself once/bi-annually. Do you know if there is any demand for foreign programmers who can't speak Mandarin in Taiwan? I have been (lazily) learning Mandarin for almost 1 year now.

            I feel an imminent struggle with a chronic disease I have, so I could just apply for a WHV for next year and quit my job, I have enough saved to sustain myself for 5 years in the west. Seems like something a loser would do though. I know losers who've spent so much time traveling and have nothing to show for it, they leech off of mentally ill, wealthy yacht owners and think they're free, flying to different countries just to sleep on peoples couches. Can't build anything meaningful by doing that in my opinion. However, I've only build one or two somewhat meaningful relationship in the past 3 years

            > they leech off of mentally ill, wealthy yacht owners and think they're free, flying to different countries just to sleep on peoples couches.
            Not everyone does that, and who cares ? they're getting good company. Nobody was harmed. Also, this isn't what most WHV do. Usually they're working part time at some bar or restaurant, spending the rest of the week visiting the country, meeting people, sometimes forming lasting relationships and bonds with folks from all over the globe. Some, especially in NZ, just work odd jobs at farms in the countryside and enjoy the beautiful landscapes and hiking trails there.

            >Seems like something a loser would do though
            Once you die nobody will care about you being a "loser" or not, except if you believe in God, in which case all he really asks of you is to use that time to do some good deeds and go to church more often. And if you don't, humans tend to enjoy being able to do whatever they want and explore and discover various notions, jobs, places and opportunities.

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous

          >Do you know if there is any demand for foreign programmers who can't speak Mandarin in Taiwan?
          There's some. I wouldn't call it "demand", more like "yeah they're willing to hire you if you're going to be earning about the same as a local would anyway." Which isn't much. Software is not a respected thing in Taiwan. Electrical engineers? Sure, Taiwan is all about chips. Software? Hah, a monkey could write code.

          I've looked around a little at software jobs, and they're earning less (in nominal terms where $1 is $1, not even inflation-adjusted where you look at how much less $1 buys today than it did in 1987) than I was when I graduated with a bachelor's in CS thirty-five years ago.

  10. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    >Taiwan thread
    >五毛/小粉红 seethe uncontrollably
    kek

  11. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    >you can apply for a chinese language visa program where you actually get PAID for attending classes
    source? Wanna go to Taiwan after uni, getting paid to be a student sounds ideal

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Honestly, I don't have a link on hand, sorry. Just google it. Don't take my word for it but I think Japan also has something similar ? I'm not sure though. I am certain about taiwan however. Any combination of the words visa, taiwan, scholarship, learning chinese/mandarin should work I guess ? Worst case, call your local "embassy".

      Keep in mind however that the scholarship may come with strings attached, e.g no work and obligatory attendance.

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        Thanks anon. I'm dumb so I didn't realise what you were referring to was a scholarship until after I submitted my original reply lol
        Found one that looks bretty gud potentially

  12. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    That's hot as frick, what's your problem homosexual, gonan cry?

  13. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    >https://www.investopedia.com/terms/p/purchasingpower.asplol Chink
    very funny hernandez, can't even post a proper link.

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      https://www.investopedia.com/terms/p/purchasingpower.asp

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        I see so you can't define shit yourself and use random pages which simply suggest the cost of living can be affected by the purchasing power, which still means they're two different indexes whith different ways of calculating them. Thnx for the info anon.

  14. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Trying to get my work visa but everywhere in the US is backed up. Can I send my documents to Taiwan rather than a US embassy?

  15. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    WHVs are a 6 month deal renewable once, i.e a full year. You can basically do whatever the frick you want as long as you do not enroll in a university, which is reasonable since you'd need a student visa. If you really want to learn Chinese, take the mandarin learning visa. You even get a scholarship and have the right to work. You can also take part time lessons.

    >unless you really do mean it's for someone with nothing else going on in their lives.

    Taiwan has a booming industry in certain sectors, that actually pay pretty well compared to its cost of life. It has a lovely weather all year around, the people are ridiculously nice, little to no crime/violence, the food is great and you're right in the center of SEA and EA, meaning Japan, Korea, PH, Thailand, are now cheap destinations you can easily visit. And you can actually WORK, meaning that you won't be at a loss after your stay. There are other WHV destinations (such as Japan, Australia, NZ, etc.) and they all are a a once in a lifetime occasion for you to discover a new world with new people and a completely different culture before your thirties. If that is something you believe is not worth doing unless you have "nothing else going on in your life", you either are an astronaut or you're so deep in the rat race you can't consider any other lifestyle.

    Even if you're career focused, depending on certain countries (it's possible in Taiwan or Canada but in Japan not so much, for example), you can actually use a WHV to get an edge when it comes to getting recruited abroad. Then once your visa expires, as they now trust that you're not a complete moron and that you became an actual part of the team, getting a work visa will be significantly easier. I know many people who got a job that way btw.

    if you have a good job just stay in the USA, I worked in Taiwan for 5 years and I knew "tech" people working at the intel building in nangang who made basically what an English teacher makes. Most people there won't make much money unless they are working at a multinational in their own country that sends them there or are at the absolute top of their field. They can hire locals for very cheap for most things so there is not really any opportunity for foreigners.
    inb4 some moron says his top of the field engineer or architect friend works there or someshit like that.
    Also realize most people lie about their positions and how much they make. The tech people I knew lied through their teeth about it and only told me after we got to know each other more.

    also can all you homosexuals stop arguing in here thx and OP is a homosexual for making this thread again so I will use the S herbs

    Ironically, most expats that do not come from a TEFL background or that didn't come from the MNC system are actually top of their fields, PhDs or 5 to 10+ experience. Why ? Because anywhere else in the world expatriation is something that has been prepared early on. Not everyone is American, earning 500k a year as a software engineer. The good news is that the rest of the world actually gains something when they go to other countries. Also, in those fields, "top of your field" usually just means working in some not-so-bad companies for more than 5 years. You want good wages, go to Singapore and do finance.

    >Do you know if there is any demand for foreign programmers who can't speak Mandarin in Taiwan?
    Yes. But unless you work at an MNC, you may earn less. But they have relatively free healthcare, and life is overall cheap there.

    [...]
    > they leech off of mentally ill, wealthy yacht owners and think they're free, flying to different countries just to sleep on peoples couches.
    Not everyone does that, and who cares ? they're getting good company. Nobody was harmed. Also, this isn't what most WHV do. Usually they're working part time at some bar or restaurant, spending the rest of the week visiting the country, meeting people, sometimes forming lasting relationships and bonds with folks from all over the globe. Some, especially in NZ, just work odd jobs at farms in the countryside and enjoy the beautiful landscapes and hiking trails there.

    >Seems like something a loser would do though
    Once you die nobody will care about you being a "loser" or not, except if you believe in God, in which case all he really asks of you is to use that time to do some good deeds and go to church more often. And if you don't, humans tend to enjoy being able to do whatever they want and explore and discover various notions, jobs, places and opportunities.

    Please don't stop posting about Taiwan. I'm waiting for the right moment to quit my job and bail so I'm living vicariously through these threads at the moment.

    How do the people compare to Koreans btw? I'm so put off from the Korea threads about the stuck up locals and there being frick all to see / do that I cancelled my trip.

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      lmao 3 of the posts you've cited are mine

      I don't know about Koreans but Taiwanese are very nice and polite. They usually match your energy if you're being a positive person, and aren't that xenophobic (but they still are) compared to the region. However they still can be huge dicks and can be weasely little frick. My advice is to act like them when they're nice but be upfront about things when they're being dicks. don't hesitate to reformulate any kind of shitty euphemism they're saying so as to not let them save face.

      Also, I've noticed there are two types of Taiwanese. your average normal person and the conservative kind with very strong opinions on a lot of things (usually your boss). I advise you not to profess strong opinions in front of the latter.

  16. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    where did you sus you cheap apartment ?

  17. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    Just because HDI takes income into account doesnt mean that income and HDI are the same index you utter brainlet.

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      It shows actual purchasing power. Your cope is unreal
      China is a poor shithole
      Taiwan is not

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        Are you going to cry when China takes over taiwan

  18. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    Dumb westerner sheepke thinks China is communist and Taiwan and America are capitalist when it's actually the opposite

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Wtf I'm a commie now!

  19. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    the mainland seethe ITT is insane

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      TAIWAN NUMBA ONE

  20. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    All the US embassies are backed up so my Visa will take 7 weeks REEEEE

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      It's a blessing in disguise, trust me.
      Summer in Taipei is unbearable, Students come in after September, job offers are put on the rosters after september. You would've spent half a month alone in the blistering heat.

  21. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    China is #1
    Russia is #2
    Usa is #4

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      China # last

  22. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Is the weather worse than Japan/Florida?

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      as bad during summer. During winter it can get rather fresh sometimes and taiwan is usually ill equipped for that.

      A dehumidifier is a must have

  23. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Imagine going all the way to taiwan for $25 an hour lmfao incels are so strange
    Herbs

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Considering $1 is worth $2 in Taiwan that's like $50 an hour

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      LBH's have no choice

  24. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    I will be travelling to Taiwan for 3 months in January for an observership at a hospital. How do I go about arranging accommodation?

    How much should I budget for?

    I budget aprox 2-2.5k in London per month.

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      You can live comfortably for less than half that.

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        I would suggest an Airbnb near your hospital. Book for one month, maybe book for all 3 if you like the pics, talk to the host and if Airbnb allows it. Otherwise you could ask the host when you arrive about extending or book 3 different places for a month each.
        In my searches, a nice comfortable Airbnb is at least £1000 a month, probably £1400 depending on area and bedrooms.
        You can find cheap ones obviously but I would not cheap out

        Thank you for the info.

        I'd suggest AirBnB even though it is ridiculously overpriced. The month-to-month furnished apartments are going to be charging through the nose no matter where you go, and at least AirBnB is easy to use.

        Most landlords refuse to rent for less than one-year contracts, some require two years.

        Where is the hospital? I'm leaving for the winter and wouldn't mind subletting to a non-psychopath.

        That would be convenient. My email is [email protected] if you want to talk about it.

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      I don't think Taiwan will be existing at that time.

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        2
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    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      I'd suggest AirBnB even though it is ridiculously overpriced. The month-to-month furnished apartments are going to be charging through the nose no matter where you go, and at least AirBnB is easy to use.

      Most landlords refuse to rent for less than one-year contracts, some require two years.

      Where is the hospital? I'm leaving for the winter and wouldn't mind subletting to a non-psychopath.

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        Chang Gung memorial hospital, Linkou , Taiwan

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous

          How would you feel about an hour and a half commute each way?

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      I would suggest an Airbnb near your hospital. Book for one month, maybe book for all 3 if you like the pics, talk to the host and if Airbnb allows it. Otherwise you could ask the host when you arrive about extending or book 3 different places for a month each.
      In my searches, a nice comfortable Airbnb is at least £1000 a month, probably £1400 depending on area and bedrooms.
      You can find cheap ones obviously but I would not cheap out

  25. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    How do they treat foreigners in Taiwan?

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      90% are polite and more or less indifferent.
      5% will try to drag you into bed.
      5% are raging buttholes who hate you.

  26. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    How different is Taiwanese Mandarin from standard Mandarine?

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Taiwanese mandarin sounds like a homosexual is speaking and Standard Mandarin (from Beijing) sounds like pic related. I'm not even joking with you. You can find expat and Chinese memes saying the same thing

  27. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    What is Taipei's night life like? will be visiting soon

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      How will you visit if it's closed?

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        I received a scholarship. It's also open for "long term" students seeking undergraduate or graduate degrees.

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      probably pretty shitty if everyone is still wearing a mask and afraid of a benign cold.

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        >if everyone is still wearing a mask
        This is a government requirement, not something that most people want to do. If you don't wear the mask, they fine you. And unlike America the courts automatically defer to the policymakers on basically everything.

        The only ruling I can think of offhand where the courts didn't say "frick you you have no rights here" was the gay marriage thing, where three TW Supreme Court judges decided that homosexuals should be allowed to get married. THAT got crammed down everyone's throats even though no one wanted it.

        >and afraid of a benign cold.
        It's no worse than anywhere else. Most people are tired of the WuFlu Theater, but around a third of the population got brainwashed, and maybe ten percent are hardcore nutjobs.

  28. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Anyone been to Miaoli? What's it like?

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Most boring place in Taiwan. Literally nothing there other than some strawberry farms and pretty good Hakka food. Despite being so shitty, it is still referred to as 苗栗國 for it's unusual pull over the government.

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        Well that is where I am moving so congrats to me.

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Well that is where I am moving so congrats to me.

      I went there once and it was infested with massive spiders. Good luck anon.

  29. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Has anyone been to YuShan National Park? What's it like? Would appreciate some input on it and maybe on other national parks as well.

  30. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Any tips for making frens with people in their early 20s in Taipei?
    Do I just go to events in the artsy/cultural areas (Shida/Gongguan/Zhongshan station area, Zhongxiao Dunhua from what I've been told) and talk to people?

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      >Hi I am an incel loser
      >how do I make friends?

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        >hi i am a projecting incel ESLoser

        You can join expat facebook groups or use friend making apps since you are (I assume) western looking it shouldn't be hard

        don't have Facebook so I'm shit out of luck unfortunately
        What's the expat crowd like tho? Are they chill or up their own ass like in Japan?

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous

          same as Japan from my experience there for 5 years

          • 2 years ago
            Anonymous

            ah ok thanks anon

            Sadly the Faceberg expat groups are one of the "best" ways to keep up to date in many places, even though there would be many more suitable platforms.
            How hard is it nowadays to create a fake account in the imperium of the Zucc?

            I have a burner account that I use for checking up on events but I've made a point of not adding or interacting with anyone on it for the sake of my sanity

            • 2 years ago
              Anonymous

              No problem, just use that account to lurk in the groups and log out as soon as you're done, no need to send out or accept friend requests.

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous

          Sadly the Faceberg expat groups are one of the "best" ways to keep up to date in many places, even though there would be many more suitable platforms.
          How hard is it nowadays to create a fake account in the imperium of the Zucc?

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      You can join expat facebook groups or use friend making apps since you are (I assume) western looking it shouldn't be hard

  31. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Is it true you get started at if you are white?

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      as in people want to fight you? No never seen it myself

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        No, just stare at you I mean

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous

          a little but nothing too much. maybe more in the countryside

  32. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    when the chinks invade make sure they know you're an American so that they respect you. And that the CIA isn't paying you 😉

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Chinks won't ever invade. They have no dick nor balls

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        They arent going to invade anytime soon. Mutt media fearmongering is fricking annoying. As if China is going to invade Taiwan when they got one trillion dollars in US banks. God do I hate CNN and every other gringo network. The sooner China nukes that globohomosexual homosexual country, the better

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous

          China is the heart of globalism

  33. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Cheap food

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