Excuse Me. May I ask the asker you are a Taiwanese? Concerning your question, I think most people’s answer is positive. Absolutely, you feel nobody speak English in any place, I totally agree with you. I think that’s because we don’t have the environment to practice, and Taiwanese people are shy of speaking. Most important of all, we can’t find any person to talk with. I think this is the problem. (Maybe that’s an excuse) Why is it important? We can get the information from much more children study English now, even thought they are reluctant to learn it. But as we know, almost most parents are afraid that their children can’t compete with other people, so learning English has become the whole people’s important activity. Especially in recent years, the English certificate has become the necessary tool for job hunters. However, most companies just ask their employees must have writing and reading skills, not listening and speaking skills because that’s enough on their jobs. If you live in Taiwan , I think you have found that has a great part of students don’t know how to answer when they meet the foreigners, and also lots of graduated university students are still “unfamiliar” with English. Maybe the government should make better and cheaper policies to encourage people have the motives to learn English willingly and speak frequently.
2008-12-14 20:43:33 補充：
To Auston Martin DB9,
That's Ok. We just express and share our opinions. I posted my answer because I wondered what the asker's nationality is. Maybe she/ he is not a Taiwanese, and is curious about Taiwan.