Taiwan is located off the southeast coast of China, with a population of around 23 million people. The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin, although Taiwanese is also spoken. Basic Mandarin classes are recommended for anyone who plans to live in the city for an extended period of time. Learning numbers, how to correctly pronounce addresses and how to pronounce the names of basic food items are all extremely useful and can help to avoid undue frustration. The Taiwanese work hard and the concept of leisure time is still fairly new. However, this is changing rapidly and the number and types of entertainment venues are expanding to meet this burgeoning need.