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Strange pronunciation of 非常

I like your use of 飛揚 here. While it is comical or cultural to use an otherwise unrelated word to signify an elision – e.g., consider 醬子 in place of 這樣子 in Taiwanese Mandarin internet slang – if you ...
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What does 甘蝦 mean when used as an answer to 保重? (Taiwan)

It is a similar pronunciation of Hokkien 感謝/感谢, so the meaning is to thank. The 臺灣閩南語常用詞辭典 shows that the pronunciation is kám-siā. It is a style of humor, not a joke. We use them a lot. Another ...
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What words are used in Taiwan for a place or person that mends clothing?

We don't use 補 or 縫補 in Taiwan. We use 修改衣服 instead. When you like to get the clothes mended, you should find the 修改衣服/換拉鏈 (Modify clothes/Change zippers) signs as follows. We still call the person ...
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Is there a politically neutral Chinese term for Greater China that is acceptable to all Chinese speakers?

maybe "大中華區". most multinational corporations used this term to describe the regions you mentioned. such usage is correct, in context of nowadays, or recent decades. historically, taiwan was ...
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The Taiwanese accent: are pairs "种,总", "四,是", "忘,万" pronounced EXACTLY the same?

The key to this question is which accent of Taiwan you're talking about. There is a large difference between Standard Taiwan Mandarin (標準台灣國語) and the various accents commonly found across Taiwan. ...
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Do many Taiwanese self identify as Mandarin speakers and if not, why?

Mandarin originally refers to the official language of Qing By the end of the last dynasty in 19th century, the government KMT released some standard of 国语(national language), which is based on the ...
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Is there a variant of 溏 without the 口 component that's used in Taiwan?

焿 is a character on its own. ZDic:http://www.zdic.net/z/1d/js/713F.htm gēng 〔~子寮湾〕地名。在中国台湾省东北海岸。 Wiktionary: https://zh.wiktionary.org/zh-hans/%E7%84%BF “焿”是“羹”的异体字,为台湾本地自创的形声俗字。 羹 means '(...
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在一篇台湾小说里的句子“当下、梦和回忆”中,“当下”指的是什么?

The clue is "三样东西" (three things) 当下, 梦 and 回忆 are the three things in question. 当下 is a noun for "the present". 梦 (dream) and 回忆 (memory) are the other two. 当下、梦、回忆是这么容易分辨的三样东西吗 -...
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What does 甘蝦 mean when used as an answer to 保重? (Taiwan)

This is because Taiwanese Hokkien doesn't have its own official written form. It has a romanization, but none of the Taiwanese know it, despite most speaking the language fluently. So when they want ...
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Is the 有 in 你有想要买什么吗 some kind of auxiliary verb?

你有想要买什么吗. It sounds more like Taiwanese usage of 有 to my ear. I found they often put 有 between subject and verb. E.g. 我有去过;我有看过;where I often just say 我去过;我看过. In this case, I'll probably say 你想要买什么? ...
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Can't find suitable resource for character frequencies for traditional Chinese (Mandarin)

I made an effort to summarise available information about character and word frequencies for learners and teachers a while back and came up with the following which are relevant for traditional ...
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How do Taiwanese pronounce English letters?

I think 'G' is pronounced as "jū" exclusively. The biggest difference to the list given in this answer about China is the tone. If the English syllable is open (not ending in a consonant) ...
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Is it necessary to translate an app from simplified chinese to traditional chinese for Taiwan users?

Is it necessary to translate an app from simplified Chinese to traditional Chinese for Taiwanese users? Yes. It is necessary for a product in Taiwan. What is the language of newspapers, media, and ...
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Taiwanese People Reading Mandarin Audio Files

Go to twitch.tv and find Chinese stream. Almost all streamers on twitch that speak Chinese are from Taiwan. Go to youtube, change your location to Taiwan and you will get a lot of Taiwan videos.
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Identify Mandarin word - "kiāng"

As can be gleaned from the fact that it is usually represented in Zhuyin, ㄎㄧㄤ is a bit of slang used primarily in Taiwan, especially among young people. ㄎ with ㄧ (or k + i in Pinyin) is not a ...
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Does Taiwanese Mandarin have the neutral tone?

I guess you are talking about 輕聲. 臺灣注音符號的聲調除了一聲、二聲、三聲、四聲以外,還有個「輕聲」. In addition to the first, second, third, and fourth tones, there is a 輕聲 (light tone) in Taiwan. It is also known as the fifth ...
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In traditional Chinese, when should one write 台灣 and when should one write 臺灣?

The spelling 「台灣」 is not official in Taiwan, and receives no entries in the Republic of China's Ministry of Education dictionaries (萌典, 教育部重編國語辭典修訂本, 教育部國語辭典簡編本). Its prevalence in online media is ...
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在一篇台湾小说里的句子“当下、梦和回忆”中,“当下”指的是什么?

Some philosophical uses of 当下 could be one's present experience, i.e. the current experience of a dream, the reality, a memory or the thought of a story etc. or even the experience of nothingness. ...
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Is the i sound in chī (吃)and chǐ (尺)a sound not found in English?

No, the "i" sound of "chi" does not exist in American Standard English (like most Mandarin sounds). "chi" can be analyzed as either the "close central unrounded ...
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麻油Q米血 on a menu in Taipei

There are already several good answers and one has been accepted, but last week in the October 4, 2018 New York Times' "Taiwan Dispatch" In Italy, ‘Al Dente’ Is Prized. In Taiwan, It’s All ...
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Does 芋頭 have a different pronunciation in Taiwan Mandarin vs Mainland?

This is actually one example of a more general phenomenon. Mandarin, as spoken in Taiwan, uses weak stress (the neutral tone) much less often than Mandarin as spoken in northern areas. This is true ...
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How well is pinyin known in Taiwan?

Not very well known. I lived in Taiwan for a year in 2015, and there were times where I had asked a few Taiwan natives to type words I couldn't understand on my phone. When they saw my phone keyboard ...
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Do many Taiwanese self identify as Mandarin speakers and if not, why?

As a Mandarin native speaker born and living in China, I hadn't even heard of the term 'Mandarin Chinese' when I was in school quite a amount of years ago. We mainland Chinese usually call the oral ...
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在一篇台湾小说里的句子“当下、梦和回忆”中,“当下”指的是什么?

I would take 当下 as the counterpart to 梦 here: dreams <--> reality. 我有时候怀疑,难道对其他人来说,当下、梦、回忆是这么容易分辨的三洋东西吗? I sometimes wonder if, for other people, reality, dreams and memories are such easily ...
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Ing-wen or Ing-Wen

Using the modern rules of Pinyin the name should be written: Cai Yingwen Capitalization only applies to the first letter in a proper noun. The surname and the personal name are separated: Pinyin....
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出于考虑 vs。 基于考虑 。 Do Taiwanese say 基于?

For those who lives in mainland China when using in daily life, there is no any difference between 基于 and 出于.
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Why does Montevideo has a specific translation in Taiwanese?

It is a fact that different countries and areas can have different translations or transliterations of a foreign word or name. It can only be resolved by the name's owner to give official translation ...
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