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Real Mandarin in Taiwan Phrasebook

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If you plan to study or learn Chinese in Taiwan, this book was made for you.

Don't make the common mistake of using typical Mandarin phrases in Taiwan.  If you plan to study in Taiwan, you should know this:

Mandarin in Taiwan is different.

But there are no books that teach Taiwanese Mandarin.  That's why I made this book to help you hit the ground running on your first day in Taiwan and connect with locals on a deeper level. 

This book breaks down 150+ of the most common phrases I hear all the time in Taiwan, each with beautiful illustrations to make reading it a joy.  

Learning these phrases saved me a lot of time and frustration & helped me build deeper connections and have longer conversations with locals months after arriving. 

What it'll teach you:

+ Over 150 colloquial words & phrases I hear all the time in Taiwan in various settings:
  • Dining, night market, desserts, drinks, transportation, daily life, groceries, colloquial expressions, etc. 
+ 120 custom illustrations
  • To engage your brain and increase memorization
+ For each phrase:
  • Traditional Chinese characters
  • Zhuyin, pinyin, translations, example sentences & cultural references from my time in Taiwan 
+ Popular Taiwanese colloquialisms/slang:
  • That textbooks or classrooms don't teach you (I know because I've tried them)
+ Additional "Practical Vocabulary" for cafes & restaurants

Who is it for? 

+ Planning or currently learning Mandarin in Taiwan
+ Get in touch with Taiwanese heritage/roots
+ Expats living/working in Taiwan
+ Tourism in Taiwan 
+ Interest in Taiwanese culture
+ Family or loved ones of Taiwanese heritage 

You will receive the full digital eBook for download immediately after purchase.

You will get the following files:
  • PDF (68MB)
  • PDF (76KB)

What People Are Saying:


Verified Buyer

3 months ago

Perfect to learn more about Taiwanese Mandarin

I really enjoyed reading this! It's perfect to learn more about Taiwanese Mandarin and I definately will be reviewing before travelling there :)

Geronn H.

Verified Buyer

11 months ago

Very great book.

This helps me learn Taiwanese even deeper. It’s really hard to find information where people can teach you Taiwanese mandarine. Finding something like this was not only a life saver, very useful but it was SUPER hard to find. I definitely lucked out. However I encourage everyone to learn the mandarine characters and pronunciation before reading this book. Otherwise it won’t sound right haha.

James Z.

Verified Buyer

1 year ago


Danyo's handbook is so helpful for learning Taiwanese mandarin that you would typically never be able to learn elsewhere. It has relevant phrases and stuff that only Taiwanese people would know and say. I highly recommend if you want to impress your Taiwanese friends or just want to learn this style of mandarin.


Verified Buyer

1 year ago

Learned current vernacular that is actually usable

As a native speaker who hit a learning plateau after moving away from Taiwan, this helped me learn new phrases and practice my existing reading skills. The book reads very easily, is visually appealing, and gives the required context information, including brief historical facts and alternative pronunciations.


Verified Buyer

1 year ago

Real Taiwanese Mandarin

I really wished I found this book before. Most of the material you find for learning Chinese is focused on the Mandarin spoken in Mainland China so when you try to use it in Taiwan people may not understand what you are saying. Anyways, it's good to have this kind of book, and hope to read more material about Taiwanese Mandarin.


Verified Buyer

1 year ago

Great resource!

There are not that many Taiwan-specific mandarin sources, so I really appreciate this one! It is full of useful vocabulary. The only thing that I would like to be different is more example sentences.

Jocelyn C.

1 year ago

A well researched, compiled, easy to digest, practical, and engaging resource!

I stumbled across this phrasebook (and subsequently Danyo's resources) by chance when a friend shared about it on their IG Stories. This phrasebook was so well researched, compiled, easy to digest, practical, and engaging. As a Taiwanese American, I loved reviewing nostalgic phrases, while also learning new phrases as well. I appreciate the ways this resource makes distinctions in Mandarin in Taiwan, as well as including helpful notes on Taiwanese Hokkien and Japanese pronounciations/origins of phrases. Grateful for this resource! I'll definitely be referring to it in my next trip back to Taiwan!


1 year ago

Great job!

The book is very useful to understand locals people and for daily life! Thank you so much!


Verified Buyer

1 year ago

real Mandarin in Taiwan phrase book

Some really practical and helpful every day Mandarin for Taiwan


Verified Buyer

1 year ago

Great resource

Serious bang for your buck. From the illustrations to the actual content itself, the author has put time and effort into this. For short-term visitors or those who’ve decided to put down roots in Taiwan, you will find value in this product.


Verified Buyer

2 years ago

Well Selected!

I studied in Taiwan twice for two months and wish I had this book at the time! I remember using almost all the words here, and trying to write them down for future conversations. The words were very well-selected and anyone visiting Taiwan or leaning Mandarin could benefit greatly from this Phrasebook!


Verified Buyer

2 years ago


It's so easy to understand the daily life and daily words/phrases with this book. You can enter the Taiwanese world, feeling like a true taiwanese even if you are a foreigner. Great job!


2 years ago

Beautiful and so helpful!

Beautiful and so helpful!
I normally don't leave comments but you can tell a lot of heart went into this. I love surprising my wife with new Taiwan Mandarin phrases/words I've learned and since I plan to visit this fall, this is perfect practice.

It was a real pleasure flipping through this, Thank you!


2 years ago

exactly what I was looking for

There is so much value here, from the beautiful illustrations to the colloquial phrases. I love learning about Taiwan culture & history and this phrasebook is perfect to help me get in touch with the local culture. I can't to start putting these phrases to use when I visit Taiwan this year.