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FEATURE: Language, traffic top foreigners’ woes

LOST IN TRANSLATION?While many consider Taiwan a friendly and safe destination, better access to information would benefit those traveling the nation by road or rail

Staff Writer, with CNA

These opinions resonated with a report released by the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (AmCham) in January, which listed the benefits and least appreciated aspects of life in Taiwan.

In the report, “Taiwan provides an ‘English-friendly’ environment for me and my family” was ranked, for the second consecutive year, at the top of the list of 10 least favorable aspects of living in Taiwan.

On the issue of driving in Taiwan, “Street surfaces are drivable and safe” was ranked No. 8 on the list of 10 least favorable aspects, compared with No. 7 last year, according to the report that surveyed 269 business leaders.

The AmCham report also described Taiwanese as “extremely nice” and ranked this as No. 1 in the top 10 benefits of living in Taiwan.

Many foreign tourists concurred on the hospitality of Taiwanese.

Alizee Stalens, a 26-year-old French woman, said she was impressed by the friendliness of Taiwanese.

On a trip with her father to Ken

ting (墾丁), Stalens said they became lost, but were soon approached by a family who offered assistance.

“The problem we had was solved in literally two minutes,” she said, adding that she felt Taiwan is a safe place to travel.

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