Taiwan train broadcasts to include S.E. Asian languages

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/03/26
By: Wang Shu-fen and Ko Lin

Taipei, March 26 (CNA) The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said it is ready to

(CNA file photo)

add Southeast Asian languages to its foreign language broadcasts at railway stations across Taiwan beginning in April.

Besides Mandarin Chinese, Hokkienese, Hakka and English, platform announcements will soon include Indonesian, Vietnamese and Thai languages, TRA said.

A trial run will begin next month in nine railway stations in Taiwan, which include Taipei, Banciao in New Taipei, Taoyuan, Chungli, Taichung, Changhwa, Tainan, Kaohsiung, and Pingtung.

The inclusion of these languages was made possible by Kuomintang lawmaker Lin Li-chan (林麗蟬), an ethnic Chinese from Cambodia who had invited new immigrants from Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand to record their announcements for the TRA.

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