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I've already been chatting in The Lounge and only just noticed this place! Now I'll properly introduce myself.

We moved to Taipei, Taiwan about six months ago. We decided to relocate for a bit of variety in life and so that our 8 year old son could learn another language.

Taipei is a very nice place to live (except for the pollution). The people are great and we're finding new things to do and see every day. But I'm looking forward to chatting with like-minded Brits on here for a taste of home every now and then too.
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Welcome to BE!

Sounds like an exciting move! So where abouts in the UK did you move from?
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Welcome! What made you choose Taiwan? It sounds fascinating.
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Hi both and thanks for the welcome.

We moved from a village near Kettering, Northants, and we chose Taiwan for several reasons. I personally like Asia because it's cheap to live here, has warm weather and I like the friendly, relaxed culture. My husband had worked for a Taiwanese company for a while and made some friends here too.

But probably the factor that swayed us was the fact that the main language spoken is Mandarin. We realised that moving to another country would be a great opportunity for our son to learn another language (he's 8) and we thought that Mandarin would be the most useful other language to have when he's grown up. (China was another possibility but Taiwan is less rough around the edges!)
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Hello from just down the road in Malaysia That's great that your son is learning Mandarin - that will be very useful in the future no doubt.

We have a Far East and Asia forum here which is where you'll normally find me, though unfortunately not too many threads about Taiwan.
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Hello and welcome from me too

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Hi dread and bakedbean and thanks for the welcome.

I'll check out the Far East forum. I think Taiwan is too small a destination to have much interest. Most people we know think we've gone to live in Thailand.
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Hi both and thanks for the welcome.

We moved from a village near Kettering, Northants, and we chose Taiwan for several reasons. I personally like Asia because it's cheap to live here, has warm weather and I like the friendly, relaxed culture. My husband had worked for a Taiwanese company for a while and made some friends here too.

But probably the factor that swayed us was the fact that the main language spoken is Mandarin. We realised that moving to another country would be a great opportunity for our son to learn another language (he's 8) and we thought that Mandarin would be the most useful other language to have when he's grown up. (China was another possibility but Taiwan is less rough around the edges!)
How is he getting along with the language and everything?
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He had a very difficult first few months, which wasn't helped by his worse-than-average social skills, nor his teacher who basically isolated him and another foreign child from the rest of the class. Then I managed to get him moved and now he's much happier. He can now play in Chinese, if that makes any sense. So he knows the phrases for various games, and can count and knows colours etc. He can also read and write a little, enough that, for example, he can do the maths in the class with no problems, and obviously his English is excellent! He's gradually making good friends.

There is no doubt that it's a hard task, though, for a child to learn Chinese at such a comparatively late age. We would have come a couple of years earlier except that we were waiting for my middle son to finish his A' levels and go to university.
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He had a very difficult first few months, which wasn't helped by his worse-than-average social skills, nor his teacher who basically isolated him and another foreign child from the rest of the class. Then I managed to get him moved and now he's much happier. He can now play in Chinese, if that makes any sense. So he knows the phrases for various games, and can count and knows colours etc. He can also read and write a little, enough that, for example, he can do the maths in the class with no problems, and obviously his English is excellent! He's gradually making good friends.

There is no doubt that it's a hard task, though, for a child to learn Chinese at such a comparatively late age. We would have come a couple of years earlier except that we were waiting for my middle son to finish his A' levels and go to university.
Good for him, it can't be easy. Good luck with it all.
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Thanks Sally. Love your avatar!
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Hello and a big welcome to BE.

Excellent information can be found in the BE Wiki, not forgetting the Living and Moving Abroad forum that will help you, another set of great help is the permanent threads at the TOP of each forum, they are very pertinent to that particular forum and makes sensible reading.

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