it is still easier to deal with most things
in Chinese or Taiwanese, but most people will
try their best to help you. All you need to
do is pull out a map and someone will invariable
stop to point you in the right direction or
always stop to help you find out the right
direction or even take you to where you want
to go.People in Tainwan are pround of their
friendliness and kindness.
|The difference even three years ago was not a lack of
English, but a fear of not speaking well. It is not uncommon
to have a full discussion with someone on various subjects
and then have them proclaim that their English is not good.
The younger generation is quite eager to practice their
skills, while workers for railway and other tourist related
businesses are brushing up on the sentences they need to
communicate. An interesting phenomenon occurs in parks
when older residents strike up a conversation as though
English was the frist language.
In Taipei, as well as Chiayi and Kaoshiung boast a
number of English speakers that getting around is not too
difficult. Outside the cities and major tourist attractions will
prove more challenging, but
|often worth the visit. There is
no shortage people eager to help however they can. While
not encouraged hitchhiking is possible. There are always
risks associated with this, but most cars will stop and then
take you to the nearest bus station thinking you don't know
where you are going. It is really not necessary to consider
this option though as transportation options are more than
adequate and inexpensive.