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Have you been made fun of for learning Japanese?
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25 / M / ..where the trees...
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Posted 3/13/07
I get made fun of by my frienD* when we talk about stuff that are related to Asia or Asian countrys, then he always says" Well tell us about it, JAPAN!" I alwyas replay the same way:"ohh..envyous eh..?" He does some weird faces, *sigh*, 'ahem* and then changes subject!! Everyday is the same thing!
People only make fun of you when they are jealos!
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I went out and bought the Japanese Immersion program. I'm still working on it but I wanted to learn Japanese just so I can watch the raw versions of animes that are coming out. My oldest son and some of the pple I work with have also started looking at the Japanese program just because(well my son so he can watch the raws also and co-workers just because it is something to pass time at work).
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26 / F / Wales
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They do. And it hurts. No matter what excuse I give, the reply would still be 'why?!'. I was reading my Japanese phrasebook, and I get the same question of some random in my school
'Why are you reading a Japanese Phrasebook?!'
'Because I want to speak Japanese ^_^'
'Why?!'
'I'd like to go to University in Japan'
'Why?!'
'Because I like their culture, and how respectable people are to each other'
'So, this place isn't good enough for you?!'

etc

-_- but I still want to learn Japanese, and now Korean so I can talk to a kid in swimming. I already know 3 [ish] languages, so knowing more will just widen my travelling experiences when I go on holiday when I'm older ^_^
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I have always had my face buried in some japanese phrase book or another since i can remember...i used to get made fun of a lot, but it didn't really bug me ^_^
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26 / F / my world..;)
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I want to learn Japanese even if I am not an asian and my friends usually make fun of me becuse of that! But, I really don't care because a friend of my brother's was in this similar situation, but he kept learning Japanese,and one day some guys from Japan came to Cluj(a city from my country) who needed a translator(it was kind of a meeting..).so, my brother's friend who happened to be there translated all the conversations for them..The Japanese liked him and tooked him to Japan! Now, he is working there as a a doctor! I am just saying that any foreign language is useful to know cause you may never now when an opporunity like this strikes!
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I Haven't Actually Told Most of My Friends But They'll Figure Out Soon Enough. Either Way It's Kinda Fun to Swear At People Cause They Don't Know! Lol
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30 / F / Seoul
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Not really because I'm Asian they asume its cool... lol
even though I'm not Japanese!


EDIT:
... sorry I missed the whole if your not asian part >_<
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Posted 3/13/07

Trivium wrote:

Learning different languages is awesome, not to mention useful. At least if you know japanese and your not asian, it looks great on a CV. My friend wants to learn gaelic, cool language but not too useful hehe.


Gaelic? I would love to learn it.
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24 / F / Nebraska (aka mid...
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I've had people ask me why I'm learning Japanese not not really make fun of me. If they ask me why I'm taking Japanese I say because I like the culture and I'm lucky enough to have it taught at my school.
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Well i have lots of friends thats japanese. And i am chinese they sometimes teach me orally but usually they talk english with me because they speak it very fluent quite suigoi.! lol um Nobody would make fun of me because ... im just learnign another language does anybody have a problem lol.
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I repeated the question to this classmate who laughed and translated the question to English for Rich, "Are you as stupid as you look?" On a normal day he would have punched my face, but he didn't.

He spoke two phrases he learned to the classmate who then fell about laughing. Two phrases he repeated to the classmate were in Mandarin and both were translated to "I have a tiny penis" and "I am ugly". That became the favourite reason why I took the mick out of him for two years. I don't regret it cos he was a real pillock.

That said, I secretly don't like it when some tell me they could speak Japanese when in fact all they could offer are some catchphrases they learned off anime.

I'm not good with Japanese and English, but I hate it when they shout a catchphrase at me every time we pass each other. It's like having a Brazilian to shout, "Wassup!" and expect to be praised for speaking English so well. I don't know if this makes sense, but there you go.

Edit: That was so bloody long. Sorry.


haha,i did that before,one of my friends asked me how to say i love you in chinese,i taught him how to say i slept with my mum.he cursed me when he found out.
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26 / F / Atlanta Georgia
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Many times I've been made fun of because I watch Anime and I am trying to learn how to speak Japanese because in the next two years I want to be able to go to Japan. I think in all honesty, they are a bunch of haters. My learning Japanese has nothing to do with you, but thank god my best friend, my older sister, and her friend all like anime and are trying to learn how to speak Japanese too. My little brother loves watching anime and my mom was worried that he was going to speak Japanese before he spoke english. I think learning another language will benefit me in the future anyway, so why not learn something I want to.
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24 / F / Um........home??
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Posted 4/21/07
O.M.G, they thought that just because I wanted to learn japanese, i was obsessed with japan ( I would like to go there one day) and i wasn't >:( Bakas.........
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Posted 4/21/07
yup lol.. mostly from my hispanic friends.
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30 / M / Japan
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Posted 4/21/07
Yup. I was studying my hiragana lessons in a McDonalds, and I was seated by the window. Then, a bunch of kids saw me and started making fun of me, as if I was retarded or something, inventing my own language...
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