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comment Is the Iran banking system cut off even from its neighbouring countries on good terms with it?
Oh well I'm not American so in theory I'm not supposed to be too concerned about various alphabet agencies. But not just Kuwait but also Armenia and Georgia. Armenia might be the least under direct US pressure but that's just a hunch.
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comment How easy/hard is it to backpack to Taiwan knowing only English?
One caveat with doing Pinyin on your phone as that most Pinyin IMEs by default do simplified Chinese characters. Taiwan officially uses traditional characters (input with different IMEs). Less educated people can't always read them well. Hopefully your phone will have a setting to allow you to type traditional characters using Pinyin - most should.
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comment How easy/hard is it to backpack to Taiwan knowing only English?
It's totally easy. Plenty of people speak English and it's a really safe and friendly country. Try to learn some Mandarin there since there's not as much opportunity to learn Hokkien and Hakka which are also spoken there. They even have an easier-to-pronounce dialect of Mandarin compared to if you were going to visit Beijing.
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explain why to answer just the question asked please
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comment Is the Iran banking system cut off even from its neighbouring countries on good terms with it?
Guys I included a link to another question covering all these comments. I guess I'm just going to have to bloat my question with off-topic details ... \-:
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comment Is the Iran banking system cut off even from its neighbouring countries on good terms with it?
@JonathanReez: I intend to travel for a month. Why do you not feel concerned about carrying large sums of cash around multiple countries and border crossings?
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comment Are the hoses in toilets in Asia something I should know about?
I have since learned that one expat slang term for these things is "bum gun"! Google, feel free to index that (-;
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comment Etymological reason behind Lao's many seeming variants for "stairs"?
I left Laos for Cambodia last week. I did try to ask people there but never got far with most of my language questions unfortunately. It'a always hard to find native speakers with good enough English and also enough language interest to get what I'm asking and be able to answer without just taking a wild guess.
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comment Etymological reason behind Lao's many seeming variants for "stairs"?
Yes I've read that the ka- minor syllable is just as common in Lao. But I've also read of Lao borrowing words from Thai. I would certainly believe that Lao's standardization is less far along, yet I have not come across any other term with more than a couple of spellings other than those due to spelling reforms whereas this one has a whopping five.
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comment Is there any language where there exist words for smells not connected with smelling objects?
So you are saying that basically everybody in the world, when they talk about taste are only talking about sweet, sour, bitter, salt, and combinations of those? If so, source please.
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comment Is there any language where there exist words for smells not connected with smelling objects?
True for anybody who knows some science there are technically only five tastes (sweet, sour, bitter, umami, salt), but for a few billion other people there's a vast number, because except for anosmics we experience taste as a combination of inputs from the tongue and nose, but are not aware of it.
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