superigel (superigel) wrote in linguaphiles,

But I'm Speaking Japanese!

I don't speak Japanese, but I found this to be quite funny....

Am curious as to what people with Japanese in Japan experiences think of it.
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May 24 2014, 02:45:48 UTC 9 months ago

As a white American living in Tokyo, this is OTT in my experience, but hilarious nonetheless and a hyperbole of crap you really DO have to deal with as someone who doesn't look Japanese but speaks Japanese fine :|

I often have to repeat things--not because I didn't speak legibly, but because the listener's brain wasn't "wired" to hear Japanese when I opened my mouth :/


May 24 2014, 12:07:32 UTC 9 months ago

Excuse me, what does "OTT" mean?


May 24 2014, 12:08:18 UTC 9 months ago

OTT = over the top/exaggerated :)


May 24 2014, 12:21:20 UTC 9 months ago



May 24 2014, 17:17:18 UTC 9 months ago

My favorite line is "Mm!" :)


May 24 2014, 12:11:21 UTC 9 months ago

Thanks for sharing! So funny! I haven't been to Japan either, so can't comment on that.


May 25 2014, 13:07:14 UTC 9 months ago

I agree with fencer_x, I lived in Osaka for almost 5 years, and something extreme like this video never happened. Nevertheless it's true that sometimes we had to repeat what we said because Japanese people seem to find it difficult to believe that a foreigner can actually speak Japanese..
I have to say that after some time it starts to get under your skin, and you feel the need to say something harsh and wake them from their stupor.


May 26 2014, 15:46:50 UTC 9 months ago

My only experience of being in Japan was a 3-hour layover in Narita, so I can't contribute to the question, but I just love the bit where he pulls out the fish and the bag of peanuts.