The use of Taiwanese Mandarin "hui"
Subj. + 会 + Predicate + 吗 ？
The following examples shows the differences between Taiwanese Mandarin and Standard Mandarin.
- 你 会 冷 吗 ？means 你 冷 不 冷 ？Are you cold?
- 这个 会 辣 吗 ？means 这个 辣 不 辣 ？Is this spicy?
会 in this context is equivalent to the English verb "to be." However, it’s the adjective to follow 会 is usually negative. So you would never say 这会好吃吗？because most people like to eat delicious food. If you do say this, the speaker is usually expressing doubt. This usage of 会 can confuse native Chinese speakers as well as Chinese learners. Some could think that the 会 is referring to things in the future or conditional.