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If you're Taiwanese, what do you speak (excludes English)?
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Posted 5/30/09 , edited 5/30/09
Just thought it'd be fun as a poll

From my observation, it seems that the only people who can still speak Taiwanese in this day and age is if they are either 25+ or if they were born in Taiwan and/or currently live there. I've also heard that the actual Taiwanese language will disappear in the next few decades. Eeeek! Let's hope not!
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Posted 5/30/09
Both, Although i Usually use Mandarin or Japanese.
The Taiwanese language will probably die out sooner or later because its not even taught
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Posted 5/30/09
Actually I think that language should disappear. it's a language what's usually not used anymore

But FYI, I'm not Taiwanese :3
Posted 5/30/09
i can understand a little mandarin, but my comprehension is extremely bad because when i was in chinese school, or at home, my mom would only speak to me in english. She moved here when she was 6 or 7 and speaks fluent english. Other than that I can understand some Hindi. && i'm only half taiwanese.
Posted 6/15/09
dunno..lol
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Posted 6/21/09 , edited 6/21/09
I think it depends on where in Taiwan you/your parents are from and whether or not your ancestors migrated from China prior to ~1945 (KMT rule) or after. Plus, it was only until recently that the ban on Taiwanese being used in schools or in broadcast media was lifted. Older generations of Taiwanese still retain their Japanese from Japanese colonial rule.

From my experience, those that migrated to Taiwan to escape the Communists in mainland China during the Chinese Civil War (~1950 and beyond) usually can't speak much or any Taiwanese. Similarly, it seems like Taiwanese is more regularly spoken in southern Taiwan, while around Taipei/northern Taiwan it isn't used as frequently, though that's probably also due to the fact that much of the people escaping the Communists in mainland China settled in the Taipei/northern Taiwan area.

My mother, who grew up in Keelung, Taiwan, can only speak a tiny bit of Taiwanese, but she can comprehend it; and I, being raised in the states, can only speak Mandarin and comprehend a tiny smidgen of Taiwanese.

Side note: I am not too fond of the way Taiwanese sounds, so I'm even less inclined to try and learn to speak it.
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Posted 6/21/09
i think mandarin sounds better.....my friend told me that its more like the older generation speak taiwanese much compare to the younger generation...it will die sooner
Posted 6/24/09
i dunno...i am nt taiwanese
Posted 7/1/09
i speak mandarin...it's quite confusing sometimes....
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Posted 7/5/09
Mandarin, of course.

But I know bits and pieces of Taiwanese from hearing my parents talk.
Posted 7/5/09

iluffquincy wrote:

Mandarin, of course.

But I know bits and pieces of Taiwanese from hearing my parents talk.
hey...r u taiwanese? is taiwanese language known as hokkien too/

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Posted 7/5/09

mystic91 wrote:


iluffquincy wrote:

Mandarin, of course.

But I know bits and pieces of Taiwanese from hearing my parents talk.
hey...r u taiwanese? is taiwanese language known as hokkien too/


Yup! (: Both my parents were born and raised in Taiwan. (But I was born in America haha)

I'm not so sure about Hokkien though. I think it's somewhat related to Taiwanese. Like a certain dialect, I'm guessing. XD
Posted 7/5/09

iluffquincy wrote:


mystic91 wrote:


iluffquincy wrote:

Mandarin, of course.

But I know bits and pieces of Taiwanese from hearing my parents talk.
hey...r u taiwanese? is taiwanese language known as hokkien too/


Yup! (: Both my parents were born and raised in Taiwan. (But I was born in America haha)

I'm not so sure about Hokkien though. I think it's somewhat related to Taiwanese. Like a certain dialect, I'm guessing. XD


yeah its a dialect...but i guess this dialect is dying out soon..teenage nowadays seldom speack hokkien ...

Chinese has too many dialect..it kinda confuse me
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Posted 7/12/09
yeh... mines mandarin too! my grandma, mom n aunt speaks taiwanese sometyms so i kinda (vvveereeyyy lliilll) know!
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Posted 7/12/09

mystic91 wrote:


iluffquincy wrote:

Mandarin, of course.

But I know bits and pieces of Taiwanese from hearing my parents talk.
hey...r u taiwanese? is taiwanese language known as hokkien too/



wel.... from wat i know... hokkien n taiwanese are diff! but kinda de same to!
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