Ordering breakfast in Taiwan and Asia can be an intimidating experience. The menus are crazy complicated, and you don’t speak a word of Chinese. Fear not! In this lesson you will see that it really isn’t as complicated as it first might seem.
Lesson Notes Coming Soon…
During this chat we discussed the top 10 slang terms being used by kids in school and on the internet.
This is a bonus lesson, and I’ll continue making regular lessons for all those lower level students.
Let us know what you think. We made quite a lot of effort with this one, (especially those pesky subtitles)
—Update: Video and Podcast recently added to this blog post. Blog below does not match up exactly to the content of the video. Click here for video lesson notes—-
This article was written in Taiwan, so some of the words used might differ, but feel free to leave any words in the comments down below.
Note on tones: the “fa” in tou fa (hair) is pronounced as a 3rd tone in Taiwan. On MDBG it is written as a neutral tone, and in the Mainland is used mostly as a fourth tone.
Grammar from Video
For starters there are several words for hairdressers much like in English.
The 3 examples above will all be understood, and are typically slightly up-market, although still much cheaper than western countries. Expect to get well pampered.
Then there are the slightly cheaper places where you will most likely have your hair cut by an older lady ( 阿姨 āyí).
Now, as you enter the building you will want to know if there are spaces available. Try these phrases:
Once sitting down and sipping a coffee, you could try asking for a magazine.
Try these 3 simple phrases that will get you through 95% of all situations:
Other phrases to help you out:
Some colours you could ask for:
Things to note:
many places, even high end, won’t accept credit cards, and only cash such as in the example below.
Specific to Men (or women):
Grades are either 3 or 5 (much like when ordering a steak)
This should cover just about every situation I can think of, but if you have any more phrases or words you know, or use slightly different phrases out in China, then feel free to leave them in the comments.
Thanks to KD salon for letting us film: Check out their FB page here
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What’s the Difference Between Taiwanese Mandarin
and Chinese Mandarin?
Fear not, the differences are minimal. As you can see from the title, they are the same language, although like in any place, you have regional dialects and in the case of China and parts of Taiwan, completely disparate languages.