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Languages [May. 22nd, 2005|09:17 pm]
桜井香津美
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I went to a Japanese restaurant tonight, to bring home dinner. When the guys behind the sushi bar said "hi", I passed up the opportunity to say "Konbanwa".

When I got home, I asked Hsiaokwai why am I interested to learn these languages, but when presented with the opportunity to practice, I freeze up?

He said that I must not be truly interested in learning if I pass up the opportunities. I said that's definitely not the case, I am still *very* interested, but that I get nervous. I get worried that they'll think I'm being a wannabe/poser, or something along those lines.

Hsiaokwai said I'm being silly about the whole thing. :(
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[User Picture]From: xochitl
2005-05-22 06:18 pm (UTC)
From my experience, people just appreciate any effort you make to speak their language, even if you mangle it, since most Americans don't care to learn other languages at all.

But, this is also assuming the guys at the Japanese restaurant are really Japanese. A Korean family runs our local sushi bar, so none of them speak Japanese anyway. ^^;
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[User Picture]From: shinwachou
2005-05-22 06:23 pm (UTC)
But, this is also assuming the guys at the Japanese restaurant are really Japanese. A Korean family runs our local sushi bar, so none of them speak Japanese anyway. ^^;

I know that one of the guys is definitely Japanese... he just has it "written" all over him, lol. Not sure about the other one, but he probably is.

From my experience, people just appreciate any effort you make to speak their language, even if you mangle it, since most Americans don't care to learn other languages at all.

I guess that's true, I often fail to remember that. I guess from being asked often enough "Why do you like Japan (or whatever other country) so much?" is why I feel that way. Then again, nobody asks a foreigner why they like America (not sure who likes America much currently, with the stupid actions by the government).
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[User Picture]From: _eevee
2005-05-22 08:06 pm (UTC)
i said arigatou to a man after he purchased something at my old job, and he looked at me like i had lost my mind and kind of walked away.

never again will i make an attempt unless they speak to me first in their language ^^;
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[User Picture]From: shinwachou
2005-05-23 05:42 am (UTC)
Are you sure he wasn't really Korean, or something like that? I can usually tell the Asian nationalities apart, but not always.
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[User Picture]From: crownofviolets
2005-05-23 10:20 pm (UTC)
Are you a generally quite and shy person? Even after taking french for years, I was so shy that I hesistated using even the most basic phrases out of school..
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