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Posted 6/21/13
I can't sleep 'till i ask this so, when you're in a japanese market do you feel awkward or not and do you speak japanese when interacting with the employees?

I always feel awkward about whether or not i should speak japanese or not, but when im in a chinese market i feel awkward cause i cant speak chinese.
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SoloPlayer wrote:

I can't sleep 'till i ask this so, when you're in a japanese market do you feel awkward or not and do you speak japanese when interacting with the employees?

I always feel awkward about whether or not i should speak japanese or not, but when im in a chinese market i feel awkward cause i cant speak chinese.



When I first went to a Japanese market I felt a bit out of place, but since then I don't feel awkward at all. If I know the employee is Japanese, I will speak to them in Japanese but, if I'm addressed in English, I respond in English. The Japanese market I usually go to employs more than a few non-Japanese employees; so, quite often I do not get to speak any Japanese.
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Posted 6/21/13
Never been to one o.o
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Posted 6/21/13
To be honest, I can't imagine a foreign product store that doesn't offer some bilingual support. In America at least. Maybe I'm spoiled here in NYC. Not to say I wouldn't mind learning the language to some extent but it's not like I'm in Japan, China, India, etc.
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Whatever makes communication the easiest.

I speak almost fluently Japanese, and a bit of Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, French, Swedish, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, etc, etc. But if people who I assume are from those places speak perfect English and are in an English speaking Country then I would find it a little pretentious to just start speaking a language I assume they know. A good example of this would be, there used to be a sushi restaurant in my town but the owners were Chinese. If I started ordering food in Japanese to them and they didn't understand I'd feel like such an idiot. I mean nobody wants to be 'THAT GUY' at a party who brings his fuckin accoustic guitar, if you know what I mean.

Although on the other hand, if I was in Japan I would go out of my way to speak to people in Japanese, except those fluent in English if it made communicating easier.
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regardless of how adept you are in a language, keep an open mind & have some fun embracing the culture.

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Posted 6/21/13
Never really had this problem as I don't understand anywhere near enough Japanese to hold a conversation, however I do do this at Mexican markets. I don't want to offend them so normally I will wait to see if they speak spanish and if they are not too good with english before I start talking back in spanish.
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