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Several times I've told people that I'm Taiwan for the third time and everybody understood me just fine, but I'm not sure I'm saying it right.

這個是我的三次在臺灣

I know 次 is the word for "time" in this sense, and I know it's also a counter word for times.

So is my choice correct for "this"? I said 這個 with the generic counter word, but should I really say 這次 since I'm discussing times, or is just plain 這 best?

Or should I really express it in an entirely different way?

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    這(次)是我第三次來臺灣。 Both with and without 次 are acceptable. In addition, English uses "in", so you used "在臺灣". However, we prefer using "來臺灣". – young99 Mar 4 '19 at 12:22
  • @young99: Thanks! We also say "This is my third time to Taiwan" in English. – hippietrail Mar 4 '19 at 12:29
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You should say something like:

這是我第三次到臺灣來

This is my third time coming to Taiwan

You do not say「這個」, because the measure word (in this situation) for travelling/trips is「次」(which you've already said) and not「個」.

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這(次)是我第三次來台灣

次 is often omitted. You need 第 as it’s the third time not three times.

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