what is the difference between Mandarin and Taiwanese?

im learning mandarin chinese, but not learning the standard characters. im learning the traditional characters, because my boyfriend is taiwanese, and one day when we can speak it fluently we plan to go to taiwan. but sume people keep saying that not all taiwan speaks mandarin, and some of the words have different accents. im a bit confused on that part… cus now i dont know if i need a mandarin phrase book, or a taiwanese phrasebook. but im learning mandarin chinese(traditional) from rosetta stone, and sumetimes get a bit confused sense there is no glossary or dictionary, can someone help me please, i dont know if i made the right disition to learn mandarin chinese(on a count of some ppl said that in sume places in taiwan they speak different language)

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