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Old 11-29-2018, 06:04 PM
 
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Hello,

I am interested in improving my Chinese through a language course of study in the spring. I would prefer to study in Taipei (my parents are from Taiwan) but might be open to studying in Chengdu or Shanghai. I am somewhat proficient in speaking, but my grammar and vocabulary are lacking... It's hard for me to understand Chinese news. I was wondering if anyone knows of any good language schools in Taipei for 1-3 months that could improve my Chinese?
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Old 12-02-2018, 01:59 AM
 
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Do you still have relatives in Taiwan? It may be very helpful to have connections there.
In mainland China, you may find some unexpected opportunities for you future too.
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Old 12-02-2018, 05:01 AM
 
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Look for National Taipei Normal University or Shi Da. They run an extensive Mandarin Chinese program that has different starting levels. There are a lot of people in your boat who bone up for a semester or few.
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Old 12-02-2018, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Taipei
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You can go on r/taiwan or forumosa to ask people there. They know more about the Mandarin programmes in Taiwan.
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Old 12-02-2018, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Tulsa
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Why don't you consider a place where most people speak decent Mandarin like Beijing or Chengde?

Most Taiwanese seem to have major difficulties with pronunciation. Mandarin isn't really their native language.
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Old 12-02-2018, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Taipei
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Why don't you consider a place where most people speak decent Mandarin like Beijing or Chengde?

Most Taiwanese seem to have major difficulties with pronunciation. Mandarin isn't really their native language.
Are you ****ing kidding me?
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Old 12-02-2018, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Tulsa
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Are you ****ing kidding me?
Sorry, I spent the better part of my childhood in Beijing, so my standard is a bit high.

It's understandable that everyone has some accent, and it is totally fine. But when you mess up with the pronunciation, you won't get yourself well understood.
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:26 PM
 
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Why don't you consider a place where most people speak decent Mandarin like Beijing or Chengde?

Most Taiwanese seem to have major difficulties with pronunciation. Mandarin isn't really their native language.
I agree..

Beijing university offers language programs for foreigners..

People from northern part of China speak more standard mandarin..

But Iím sure the op will be fine studying at any universities in China though.
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Old 12-02-2018, 11:19 PM
 
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OP already speaks Chinese somewhat fluently, so his/her accent won't change much no matter where s/he studies.
Mainland China and Taiwan have different terms for certain things, but the difference is negligible for a high level Chinese speaker.
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Old 12-03-2018, 03:25 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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Sorry, I spent the better part of my childhood in Beijing, so my standard is a bit high.

It's understandable that everyone has some accent, and it is totally fine. But when you mess up with the pronunciation, you won't get yourself well understood.
Standard? They are just different accents. British accent is not of a higher standard than American accent. It's the same for Mandarin.

If you don't understand it when Taiwanese ppl speak Mandarin then the problem is most likely you being rubbish in Mandarin.
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