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In which countries in Asia is Mandarin more understood than English?

For that list of countries, the answer is none: English is more useful than Chinese in all of them. The only country in Asia outside greater China where Mandarin is an official language or spoken by ...
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In which countries in Asia is Mandarin more understood than English?

I just spent a week in Seoul and many stores there seemed more fluent in Mandarin than in English. This was especially noticeable in touristy areas such as the Myeongdong area and Noryangjin fish ...
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Does Taiwan have thrift stores? How to find them?

Individuals in any place always are different, but Japanese culture long has embraced collecting. When combined with the prolonged economic slump in the 1990s, this strengthened a willing market of ...
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The literacy rate of Mandarin/Simplified Chinese in Taipei?

I am Taiwanese. For the younger people and middle-age, it's okay to use simplified Chinese, but for older people, I am not sure if they understand or not. I also think it's okay to use simplified ...
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The literacy rate of Mandarin/Simplified Chinese in Taipei?

I don't think you will have trouble with simple sentences. Most of the simplified characters bear some resemblance (phonetically, for example) to the original more complex characters. Some are ...
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The literacy rate of Mandarin/Simplified Chinese in Taipei?

Based on my experience from travelling to China and Taiwan more than thirty times, there is no big difference between the languages spoken in mainland China and Taiwan. After they increased their ...
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How likely is it to get a phone call on Didi ("Uber in China")?

It is very likely, and you often will not even find the car unless you call the driver, or they call you. I can't speak for Chongqing as I haven't been there in quite a while, but in Shenzhen and ...
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Can Westerners use the free Wi-Fi at Guangzhou international airport?

Even though this is an old question, let me write how it is now. I was there a few months before, and there are self-service KIOSK machines from where you can generate wifi user id and password, ...
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In which countries in Asia is Mandarin more understood than English?

Singapore At least in Singapore there is a huge difference between an official language and what people actually speak and understand. Although English is the first official language, many (...
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Where can I find chinese (Mandarin) books in Paris?

Librairie Le Phénix, 72 boulevard de Sébastopol 75003 Paris specialises in Chinese books. Look at https://www.librairielephenix.fr/ https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibert_Jeune has many choices as well ...
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Are the Asian girls in this music video Chinese or Malaysian, and are they singing in Chinese?

The link below the video goes to their Facebook page where it is quite clear the company itself is in Malaysia. Since Malaysia's only official language is not related to Chinese, it is quite possible ...
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In which countries in Asia is Mandarin more understood than English?

You would be surprised to visit Malaysia and Singapore. Not only they can speak Mandarin, but other dialects too (Cantonese, Hakka, Hokkien ...etc.).
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Is there somewhere a glossary or introduction to the different kinds of accommodation in Taiwan including the Chinese characters?

It seems the task may be hopeless: The word for hotel is 大飯店 (dà fàn diàn, literally 'big rice shop'). This is usually used by hotels, but in common speech the term usually refers to a large, ...
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How can a non-Chinese-speaking traveller use the free Wi-Fi in 7-Elevens in Taiwan?

As of 2023, 7-Eleven convenience stores in Taiwan have revamped their ibon Wi-Fi and it is now a very simple and quick 1-click process to use! No need to read Chinese, no need to enter a phone number ...
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How can a non-Chinese-speaking traveller use the free Wi-Fi in 7-Elevens in Taiwan?

Well there's another way that will sometimes get you access to free Wi-Fi in 7-Elevens in Taiwan even without figuring out how to use these systems. In Dulan village in Taitung I asked the server at ...
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