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Who am I? Why should you read my book?

My name is Chris, and I’ll be your cruise director on your journey to fluency in Mandarin Chinese.

Below is a bit about my experience in learning Mandarin. As you’ll see below, the journey to fluency in Mandarin for some people goes backwards as often as it goes forward, and I certainly made my share of mistakes (perhaps we should just call them “learning experiences”):

  • Way back in 1999, I took two semesters of Mandarin Chinese in my suburban Vancouver (Canada) high school. During my second semester of Mandarin studies in high school, our class was offered the chance to go to China to which my mother promptly said “there’s no way we’re spending that much to send you on a vacation to China!”
  • My dream to become fluent in Mandarin once again took flight in 2003 while I was attending the University of Toronto. I received an email that enrollment in student exchange programs was closing in a week and so immediately ran over to the student exchange office and applied for a student exchange program to Singapore. Knowing that Singapore is full of Chinese but that the universities teach in English, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to continue my university studies while learning Mandarin in the community. WRONG! Asides from a slightly amusing Singaporean accent, they all speak fluent English. Mandarin learned by the end of my year in Singapore: ZERO!
  • Fast forward 10 years to 2009, I took one semester of Mandarin in a community college in Toronto.
  • Out of nowhere on a sunny day in June of 2010, I wandered into a travel agency and purchased a return flight to Taiwan leaving November 1, 2010.
  • On November 2, 2010, having self-studied up to the 1000 (simplified) character point and feeling pretty good about myself, I arrived in Taiwan only to be dismayed by the fact that I could not understand a thing anybody said and could barely put three words together on the spot to form a sentence.
  • On December 31st, 2010, after two months of hanging out with Taiwanese friends I met online (best “mandarin practice” ever!), I was in the cab on the way to a New Years party and was joking with the cab driver – except I was doing it completely in Chinese and didn’t even notice!
  • On January 23, 2011, my return flight back to Toronto left without me, and I enrolled in Mandarin classes at the National Taiwan Normal University’s Mandarin Training Center (MTC).
  • Fast forward again to October 1, 2011. I’ve just completed my second semester at the Mandarin Training Center. I can watch most Taiwanese TV shows and movies and understand what they’re saying. My partner is also Taiwanese and we speak only Mandarin with each other.

I came to Taiwan hoping more than anything to reach a level of proficiency in Mandarin where I’d be able to at least have basic conversations in Mandarin without needing to translate every word in my head first.

To my pleasant surprise, thanks to the amazing Taiwanese friends I met who were able to bear with my clunky Mandarin, reaching that level only took a few months – and that was without even taking classes yet! I’m not brilliant. The environment makes all the difference. I know you can do it too.

What You’ll Learn in This E-Book

You want to become fluent in Mandarin. This E-Book contains everything you need to know so you can come to Taiwan and reach that goal. A few of the more important topics I cover in the E-book are:

  • step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a Taiwan student visa and why you need one
  • common, costly mistakes people make during the visa process
  • crucial information you need to know before choosing a school to study at
  • where and how to make new Taiwanese friends and language exchange partners
  • how to apply for Taiwan Ministry of Education scholarships
  • the best free resources online to accelerate your Mandarin learning
  • mandarin study tips from Taiwan’s top mandarin teachers
  • renting an apartment in Taiwan
  • an introduction to Taiwanese food
  • and MUCH, MUCH MORE!

Stop putting your dream of becoming fluent in Mandarin on hold! A few months of Mandarin language learning in Taiwan is easily equivalent to a few years or more of Mandarin study at a college in Canada or the US – only a lot more interesting!

Have Taiwan Visa Questions? This e-Book Will Help!

The visa issue is a complex one, and it’s only made worse by the fact that not all of the information on Taiwan’s own Immigration Agency and Consular Affair websites is accurate! Some of the questions I’ll answer in this E-book include:

  • The different types of Taiwan visas
  • What are the requirements for the different types of Taiwan visas?
  • Which type of Taiwan visa is right for Mandarin students?
  • How do you get a Taiwan resident certificate if you want to stay in Taiwan longer?
  • How and when can you apply for Taiwan’s amazing national health program?
  • How much do Taiwan visas cost?
  • What’s a visa run and where should you go?

How much does it cost and what do I get?

The E-book is now FREE.

The PDF version of the E-book consists of over 100 action packed pages of step-by-step instructions, online learning resource info and Mandarin study tips from top Mandarin teachers here in Taiwan.

As a special bonus, it also includes a directory of all the Taiwan Ministry of Education Approved Mandarin language schools categorized by city and an explanation of which Taiwanese cities are best for Mandarin language students.

You could also think of this E-book as insurance against the most common and costly mistakes Mandarin students coming to Taiwan make. Choosing the wrong Mandarin school or city will cost you months of your time and hundreds of dollars. A visa mistake requiring you to do an emergency visa run will cost you $200-$300 for the plane ticket to Hong Kong.

This guide will help you become fluent in Mandarin as quickly as possible and also help you steer clear of costly, avoidable mistakes (many of which I’ve made!)

Study Chinese in Taiwan: a How-to Guide to Becoming Fluent in Mandarin Chinese in the Shortest Time Possible is the only E-book about how to come to Taiwan to study Mandarin. The benefits of becoming fluent in Mandarin are priceless and can last a lifetime. The cost of this E-book: FREE!

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