realmayo Posted February 21, 2023 at 06:33 AM Report Share Posted February 21, 2023 at 06:33 AM No real advice but would love to know how you get on because I'll hopefully be in Taiwan later this year! Two things I've found useful: 1. If you are talking with someone and they unobtrusively repeat a word back to you, they're probably not confirming what you said, but are politely correcting your pronunciation, so it's good to listen hard to how they said that word back to you. 2. If you have a naturally charming face then no problems, but if you tend to look serious when nervous or concentrating on producing the right langauge sounds, then you might unintentionally be intimidating people when initiating new chat! In my experience easily remedied (though it sounds foolish) by making a proper effort to smile each time you are, say, ordering a coffee or whatever. But this perhaps applies only to bald, thuggish, middle-aged men such as myself. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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