This article is for Chinese native speakers or advanced Chinese learners to know more about the different usage of words and phrases in both Taiwan and China.
Phrases Used in Daily Life
|Taiwan||China||英文 / 詞性|
|學長姐/學弟妹||师兄/姐/弟/妹||seniors/juniors in school / university|
|衛生衣||秋衣||thermal under shirts|
|衛生褲||秋裤||thermal under pants|
|金融卡||银行卡||debit card/bank card|
|宵夜||夜霄||late night meal|
|不客氣、沒關係||没事||You are welcome/ It is ok|
|行動電源||充电宝||mobile power bank|
|單眼相機||单反相机||DSLR (digital single lens reflex camera)|
Travel-Related Phrases (transportation/accommodation/destination)
|司機||师傅||(taxi, bus) driver|
|單人房||单间||a single room|
|雙人房||标间||a double room|
|搭計程車||打D/打的||take a taxi|
These are the phrases that I find very interesting and useful when I travel in China. Of course, as China has different regions (North, South and so on), this list does not necessarily cover all the differences. However, I hope this list serves as a reference when you are traveling to either Taiwan or China. Maybe you are interested in coming up with your own unique list. Also, for advanced Chinese learners, I would like to point out that there are still some differences in usage between Taiwan and China. These differences make Taiwan very Taiwanese and China very Chinese. I hope you all enjoy observing the differences. If you have had similar experiences of finding out the differences, feel free to leave a comment below and share what you observed with others. You all have a good one. See you next article.
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