Can Taiwanese people speak English? 台灣人會說英語嗎?





Can you survive in Taiwan with just English? Do Taiwanese people speak English? 台灣人會說英語嗎? I’ll tell you about my experiences speaking English in Taiwan. ^^
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The question I want to talk about today, that I have been asked a lot, is:
“Can you survive in Taiwan (for a trip or for longer term) if you can only speak English?”
我今天要問的這個問題已經問了很多,是:
“如果您只會說英語,您可以在台灣生存(旅行或長期)嗎?”

From my experiences, in big cities in Taiwan, it is so easy to get around with only English.
Many people speak English, many signs and directions, everything is also indicated in English.
I think the only place where I had some trouble not understanding was in more traditional places
For example: restaurants. If you go to a restaurant and it is owned by an elderly couple who make the food themselves,
In that case you find a little menu where you need to indicate what you want and that will be in Chinese.
In that case, you just have to go with your Taiwanese friends.
In other cases, I think life is very easy in Taipei with only English.
Even if the person in front of you that you are talking to does not speak English well,
If they are not confident about their English, they will just grab another person next to them who will speak English well.
I cannot remember any big issue I had with the language.
Maybe only in specific cases like for example: when I had to buy a mattress at IKEA.
I had very specific questions about the measurements, the delivery time, the way they would deliver it, things like that.
That was hard to figure out by myself, so luckily, I had my awesome roommate helping me.
She came with me to IKEA and helped me place the order.
In some cases, you might need some help, but believe me: Taiwanese people are so friendly and welcoming to foreigners.
That’s how I experienced it and I have heard from many friends that they experienced the same.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
根據我的經驗,在台灣的大城市裡,只有英語很容易相處。
許多人說英語,許多標誌和指示,所有內容也都用英語表示。
我認為我唯一無法理解的地方就是比較傳統的地方
例如:飯店。如果您去一家餐館,而且它是由一對自己做飯的年長夫婦所有的,
在這種情況下,您會找到一個小菜單,您需要在其中指出您想要的內容,並以中文顯示。
在這種情況下,您只需要和台灣朋友一起去。
在其他情況下,我認為只有英語,台北的生活非常輕鬆。
即使您正在與您交談的人英語說得不好,
如果他們對英語沒有信心,他們只會抓住旁邊一個會說英語的人。
我不記得我對語言有什麼大問題。
也許僅在特定情況下,例如:當我不得不在宜家購買床墊時。
我對度量,交付時間,交付方式等問題有非常具體的疑問。
我自己很難弄清楚,所以很幸運,我有一位很棒的室友在幫我。
她和我一起去宜家,幫我下了訂單。
在某些情況下,您可能需要一些幫助,但請相信我:台灣人民是如此友好,歡迎外國人。
這就是我的體驗方式,我從許多朋友那裡得知他們也經歷過同樣的事情。
不要害怕尋求幫助。

Big cities should be no problem at all. But once you get out of the big cities,
It is the same in every single country in the world I think:
In the big cities people are more international, everything is ready to welcome tourists there.
It will be very easy. Once you get out of the big cities, that’s where you might have some trouble.
Even when you go to smaller places outside of big cities in Taiwan, I feel like many young people will have learned English at school.
Definitely!
Even though the conversations might not always be perfect, many people can understand the basics and can communicate
Maybe with arms and feet? X)
Actually I had a lot of conversations where we could not totally understand each other,
But one way or the other, using facial expressions, using your hands and pointing at things
You can communicate so much already! You would be surprised.
I would not worry about travelling to the countryside.
Even if the first person you meet won’t speak English, there will always be someone, somewhere around who can help you in English.
大城市應該完全沒有問題。但是一旦您離開大城市,
我認為世界上每個國家都是這樣:
在大城市,人們更加國際化,一切準備就緒,歡迎那裡的遊客。
這將非常容易。一旦您走出大城市,那就可能會遇到麻煩。
即使您去台灣大城市以外的小地方,我也覺得很多年輕人會在學校學習英語。
絕對!
即使對話可能並不總是完美的,許多人仍可以理解基本知識並可以交流
也許胳膊和腳? x)
實際上,我在很多談話中無法完全相互理解,
但是一種或另一種方式,使用面部表情,用手和手指指向事物
您已經可以進行很多交流了!您會感到驚訝。
我不會擔心去鄉下旅行。
即使您遇到的第一個人不會說英語,周圍也總會有人在附近用英語幫助您。

I feel like if you have the time on your hands, it is always a good idea when you travel to a country to learn a few words that you might use a lot.
For example: “hello”, “thank you”, “where is …?”
It doesn’t have to be many pages long, but it can be a nice little gesture to the people and the country you are visiting,
that you took the time and trouble to learn these simple words.
Of course I understand perfectly (because I was in the same situation), that not everybody has the time to learn the whole language before going there.
That is perfectly okay. I think Taiwanese people are very understanding
and they are happy that you are coming to their country to learn about their culture and especially their food!
Taiwanese people are so proud about their food and there is a good reason.
I don’t have to say anything more. Just go there and try the food!
我覺得如果您有時間,去一個國家學習一些您可能會經常使用的單詞總是一個好主意。
例如:“你好”,“謝謝”,“…在哪裡?”
它不必長很多頁,但是對您所訪問的人和國家來說,可能只是一個很好的手勢,
您花時間和精力來學習這些簡單的單詞。
我當然很了解(因為我處在相同的情況下),並不是每個人都有時間去那裡學習全部語言。
沒關係。 我覺得台灣人很了解
他們很高興您來到他們的國家,了解他們的文化,尤其是他們的食物!
台灣人為自己的食物感到驕傲,這是有充分理由的。
我不必多說了。 只是去那裡嘗試食物!

29 Replies to “Can Taiwanese people speak English? 台灣人會說英語嗎?”

  1. Roberto S

    I just saw in the news that Taiwan officially opened its borders to foreigners who are not residents. For now only business and student visas are being issued. But soon tourist and family visit visas will follow.
    In Taiwan food takes the center stage in daily life. There is a popular adage "meals are as important as the emperor". So true. By the way, there is a Belgian couple, Kim and Naick, who are making a big wave in Taiwan in case you have not seen their videos.
    https://youtu.be/wXFOET6tJOU

  2. 水月

    跟世界上許多國家一樣~基本上在台灣的[都市中心區.觀光地區].英文還是蠻好溝通的

    而在偏鄉地區與部份族群.當然英文就無法通用.但可以靠比手劃腳跟翻譯軟體解決絕大部份的問題

  3. Lansrow Hsieh

    Well, sweet Taiwan provides two kind of living environments for foreigners. One for people who don’t want to learn Taiwan’s national language(actually quite different from the China’s Chinese) in the cities. Another is for people who really want to learn our national language, in the countrysides.

  4. Ken Don

    Most Taiwanese listening is not good, but what you speak slowly and clearly, I can understand 60% without subtitles.

    About looking at the menu,can use Google lens(APP) to take photos to translate text.
    Modern tech helps us a lot.

  5. 李威儀

    I think your point that most things is right. but actually, more and more people can speak Englisg to abroad people. currently,you can see Englisgh explzation on any place, just like MRT,Bus satation,and famous reterant……..more and more even than small country side. we are very hard to improve our English level. just likes me. welcome to Taiwan. that's our pleasure.

  6. 安妮Annika

    Taiwanese people are so lovely and friendly!
    Even if they can't speak English, they will do their best to help you.
    I love Taiwan and hope I can soon go there again ♥️😄
    Will you travel back to Taiwan, when things get better?

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