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麻油Q米血 on a menu in Taipei

For lunch today in Taipei I found a small street food place near my hostel. On the menu was this item: 麻油Q米血 Here's a photo of the relevant part of the menu: 麻油 is sesame oil, 米 is rice, and 血 ...
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Anyone know why cellphones are called 大哥大 in Taiwan?

I was looking at Singapore Mandarin from the question here on Hong Kong Mandarin and came across the word for cellphone. I know it's popular now to refer to cellphones as 手机 but I remember in Taiwan ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of vocabulary differences between 台湾国语 and 大陆普通话?

I've found many articles about differences in certain sentence structures regarding 台湾国语 and 大陆普通话, but does anyone have a large list of commonly-used vocabulary that are different? I spend a lot of ...
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Is “不會” a correct response to “謝謝”?

I live in Taiwan.There are occasions where I need to thank people, and sometimes they use "不會" to reply my "謝謝". Is this correct and what does "不會" in this occasion mean?
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Pronunciation of 和 in Taiwan

This is something that I noticed in Taiwanese Mandarin TV series and films. It seems that they pronounce this character as hàn instead of the commonly accepted hé. For example, 我和你 is pronounced wǒ ...
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How Recent Is the Divergence In Taiwan- and PRC-Accented Mandarin Speech?

Many have compared the differences in standard (news broadcaster) accents in of Taiwan 國語 and PRC 普通话 to the differences in British and American accents. What linguistic factors have contributed to ...
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Which IMEs (input method editors) are actually most used in each of PRC, ROC, and Hong Kong?

Because there are many kinds of input method and many implementations of each kind of input method, it's not really practical to learn many. PRC, mainland China uses simplified Chinese characters, as ...
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“I will,” “I can,” “I will (probably)” A fundamental problem with 會

I've always been a little wary of talking about the future in Chinese using the character 會, my early teachers made it ambiguous or demanded that I use a 的 at the end of every 會 sentence, but then ...
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Is Hakka spoken the same in Guangdong and Taiwan?

In Taiwan Hakka is the 3rd most popular language, and the MRT in Taipei makes all announcements in 4 languages; Mandarin, Minnan, Hakka, and English. It is also a minority language in Hong Kong and ...
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How is the currency of Taiwan referred to in Mandarin?

(I'm not going to use the hanzi or even proper pinyin for some terms because I only know them from speaking as an absolute beginning learner.) In Mainland China the currency is the "yuan" but in ...
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Which term is used for “oyster” in Taiwan?

According to the English Wiktionary there are four Chinese terms equivalent to English "oyster": mǔlì : 牡蠣 / 牡蛎 hǎilìzi : 海蠣子 háo : 蚝 háozi : 蚝子 Is one of these standard or most common in Taiwan? ...
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What does 餅乾 mean in Taiwan?

I'm unfamiliar with the variety of Mandarin spoken in Taiwan, so I was surprised to see a chilli-snack 香脆椒 referred to as 餅乾: http://mall.tw100years.com/goods.php?id=9 真不敢相信這真是美味的餅乾!看起來是紅紅的辣椒,...
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Usage of the phrase '不错用' in Taiwan Mandarin

I heard my Taiwanese friends use the Mandarin phrase 不错用 more than once, but didn't have a chance to ask them: Is it widely used in Taiwan, or is it used by a certain circle/type of person? What's ...
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Identify Mandarin word - “kiāng”

Have seen this word in video comments and cannot find a reference for it anywhere?? Some details: Always rendered in zhuyin (ㄎㄧㄤ) even in otherwise ideographic text Doesn't appear to be a native ...
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Refreshing or Rude: addressing an older woman as 小姐

太太,奶奶,大姐,阿姨,女士,and many other variations are commonly used to address older women. 小姐 is used to address young women. Would it be a complement or an insult to address a middle aged or elderly woman as ...
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How “bad” is a Taiwanese accent on the mainland? [closed]

If I learn to talk like my co-worker from Taipei, is that likely to make things difficult for me on the mainland (whether by impeding understanding or by arousing suspicions)? I have no idea if and ...
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Meaning and origin of 小確幸

小確幸 is a newly popular word in Taiwan. It supposedly comes from a Japanese novel. Is this right? If so, who was the author, and what was the book? Does anyone have any suggestions for a translation? (...
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How well is pinyin known in Taiwan?

I've been using pinyin in my study, but a Taiwanese co-worker recently arrived. I see that Taiwan only made pinyin official in 2009, so I wonder how likely she is to have mastered pinyin, having ...
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Terminology for Teacher Pension Form in Taiwan: "基数“ and ”大口“

Stack Exchange! I'm currently busy translating an old union pension form for a Retired Taiwanese schoolteacher. One of the fillable note sections in the pension lists the number "56" using checking ...
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Is there a variant of 溏 without the 口 component that's used in Taiwan?

On a sign outside a breakfast eatery in Taoyuan, Taiwan I saw a character I didn't know, that Google Translate with the phone camera didn't translate, and that I couldn't find in Pleco. It looks like ...
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What does 甘蝦 mean when used as an answer to 保重? (Taiwan)

On Taiwanese Facebook page I read a conversation under a post from a hospital. A lot of people of course write 保重 (get well), and the poster answers 甘蝦 to all of them. When looking up this in a ...
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What words are used in Taiwan for a place or person that mends clothing?

On my last trip to Mainland China I saw a lady in a corner "mini shop" mending clothes with a sewing machine. She mended my jeans for about $5. I don't think she had any kind of sign. This trip I'm ...
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the meaning of 算什么 in 《我爱台妹》

I have recently been listening to MC Hotdog's seminal 2006 hit 《我爱台妹》 I am a little confused by the second and fourth lines of the chorus 我爱台妹,台妹爱我 对我来说,林志玲算什么 我爱台妹,台妹爱我 对我来说,侯佩岑算什么 I understand ...
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Do many Taiwanese self identify as Mandarin speakers and if not, why?

I was chatting with a Taiwanese student the other day and asked him what language they speak there. He just answered "Chinese" and didn't know about a dialect or variant of Mandarin. Even the words ...
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出于考虑 vs。 基于考虑 。 Do Taiwanese say 基于?

Question for you all. Recently, I've been using a textbook from mainland China. In the textbook, I learned 出于Sth考虑, which means roughly "Out of consideration for ___" My teacher, who is Taiwanese, ...
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Does Taiwanese Mandarin have the neutral tone?

So I'm trying to learn Taiwanese Mandarin, and apparently they don't really use the neutral tone, but if that's the case how do you say things like 子,了, and 的?
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Does 芋頭 have a different pronunciation in Taiwan Mandarin vs Mainland?

My friends in Kaohsiung just taught me the word for "taro" 芋頭. I looked it up and found yu4 tou5 but my friends here insist it's yu4 tou2. Is this a pronunciation difference between Taiwan vs the ...
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Generic word for a building

In English, we have the generic word 'building': as in "That building across from the book store". Here the speaker does not know or does not care to state the kind of building it is. Is there an ...
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可怕 and 恐怖 are what kind of “terrible”?

Before heading to town to find something to eat, a friend suggested I should be the one driving the 摩托車. I told my passenger it was illegal for me to drive, but they insisted. I drove fast, ran red ...
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Why does Montevideo has a specific translation in Taiwanese?

Translation of Montevideo in most dictionaries appears to be: 蒙得維的亞 (Méng dé wéi de yà) but in Pleco's dictionary it also says that in Taiwan is used: 蒙特维多. As far as I am concerned, in Taiwan it ...
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Chinese Proficiency tests available

What are the different official (government sponsored) Chinese Language proficiency tests available? I want to know about PRC as well as Taiwan tests. All Chinese language tests are for Mandarin only ...
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Pronunciation of 山 (in Taiwan)

I'm a newbie Chinese student and I have a question about the pronunciation of the word shān (山), meaning mountain. When I went to Taiwan recently, friends there pronounced it as sān, not shān. For ...
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How appropriate is “拜拜”?

How appropriate, in terms of casualness and/or childishness, is "拜拜"? Is it as childish as "Bye-bye" would be in English, or is it more acceptable? In case location matters, I'm mainly interested in ...
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Is the 有 in this sentence some kind of auxiliary verb?

I was going to the convenience store and asked my local friend how to ask in Chinese "Do you want anything?" Her answer was: 你有想要买什么吗 I wasn't sure what to make of the 有 before the verb 想要 meaning "...
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Is this a rare/variant character, or not really a Chinese character?

This character is on the label of a riceball sold at 7-11 in Taipei. I believe this kind of riceball is originally Japanese. It seems to be some kind of variant of 糰 / 团 but is actually composed of 米 ...
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What is the third character on this sign seen in Taipei?

I saw this sign in Taipei. What is the third character? The sign says "不夠_車" - "Not enough ? (vehicle)" Is it the character 丩, in which case what does it mean? Is it a bopomofo character? - I found ...
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Is ㄙㄨㄚˋ (sua4) for the character 嘴 from another Chinese dialect or language?

In my explorations of my area of Taichung today I noticed this sign with Zhuyin Fuhao and took a photo to look it up when I got home: And it seems that ㄙㄨㄚˋ (sua4) is not even an existing syllable in ...
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What does 臉盆 “washbasin” mean when it's part of the names of dishes in Taiwan?

A restaurant just up the road from my hostel here in Taichung, Taiwan has some dishes including the characters 臉盆. When I looked them up I could only find the meaning "washbasin". Even hunting the ...
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Taiwanese People Reading Mandarin Audio Files

I would like to improve my listening skills. One way I would like to do that is to find a large number of shortish audio clips (5 to 10 minutes?) of Taiwanese people reading mandarin. What they are ...
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In Taiwanese place names, how are 宮 vs. 寺 used?

While exploring Taiwan (Taipei and Sanchong specifically), I've seen many Buddhist temples named with 宮, and on maps there also seem to be some named with 寺. What is the difference between (from what ...
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How to say “I don't want you to be sad” in Taiwanese Mandarin?

Let's use 難過 to translate "sad", then, in Mandarin as spoken in Taiwan, what would be the most common way to say: I don't want you to be sad. As you might say when you notice that someone is sad ...
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How to say: “the water is boiling” in Taiwanese Mandarin?

When using an electric water cooker/boiler, how to translate the following: The water is boiling. What would be arguably the most common way in Mandarin to say this in Taiwan?
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What does 防海固圉 mean?

Taken from the title of an article published in a Taiwanese governmental journal, related to Penghu County: 防海固圉 Presumed pronunciation (without further background knowledge): ㄈㄤˊㄏㄞˇㄍㄨˋㄩˇ = fɑŋ2 ...
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I'm currently walking (mostly) around Taiwan. When telling locals this, which of the many words for “walk” is the best to use?

I'm currently walking around Taiwan. Well mostly I'm walking, but I'm also interspersing some hitchhiking. EDIT: By "walking around" I don't mean "here and there", I mean literally "around" the whole ...
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What is the origin of the character “糬” seeminly only used in “麻糬” to translate a Japanese word which doesn't use either character?

I was just given some mochi by a Taiwanese host in Kaohsiung. So I decided to look up the local word and found "麻糬" máshǔ. It's a transliteration of Japanese "mochi", which is written 餅 in that ...
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How would you say: “But only X years ago, in month Z of Year Y …” in Taiwan

In Mandarin, how would you say: But only X years ago, in month Z of Year Y ... For example. Now, they say the sun is red. But only two years ago, in September 2015, they said the sun was blue. ...
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一直 yi4 zhi2 in Taiwan rather than yi1 zhi2?

My Taiwanese friend insists that 一直 is yi4 zhi2 but most apps and online dictionaries seem to only give it yi1 zhi2. Wiktionary in both the English and Chinese versions only list yi1 zhi2 for ...