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What are the differences through Taiwanese and Filipino people?
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What are the differences in Filipino and Japanese cultures?
What is the history of Filipino time?
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When did rizal wrote the poem to the Filipino youth?
What is the topic of a portrait of the Filipino artist?
Contributions and influences of Arabs in the religion of the Filipino people?
How do you say 'you're so beautiful' in the Taiwanese language?
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How do you say goodbye in Taiwan?
Zai jian (Zai4 Jian4) is Mandarin, not Taiwanese. My family says "Zai ken", which is the Taiwanese (Minnan/Hoklo) for goodbye. I don't know how to number the 7 Taiwanese tones. If you know Mandarin tones, the zai is approximately 4th tone, and ken (the k is between g and k, and probably corresponds to g in mandarin) is 3rd tone. It uses the same characters in Taiwanese as zai jian in Mandarin. The reason most people don't know it is that even many Taiwanese people, when speaking in the Taiwanese language, throw in words from other languages and say "bye bye", zai jian, or even sayonara (the older generation). The Taiwanese language and culture were severely repressed by the KMT government of Chiang Kai Shek and his son, who came to Taiwan in 1945 after Japan lost WW-II and had to give up Taiwan. The Chiangs were not Taiwanese but Chinese, and wanted to destroy Taiwanese culture. Speaking Taiwanese (as well as Japanese, Hakka and aboriginal languages) in public was illegal from 1945 until the 1990's. Mandarin was a language that no one in Taiwan spoke before 1945, and was forced upon the people. Suddenly, educated people were illiterate overnight.