You'll be fine, even if it's not your native language.
YOU'RE NOT JAPANESE GO TO HELL U FUCKING WEABOO!
When I started getting into Hetalia I was happy to be a character whose second language I'm familiar with, considering it's mandatory for Canadians to learn French through their early school years up to High School; because of my excitement in roleplaying I started throwing French around more and...no one fucking cared even though I'm a straight on anglo chick. Some didn't care, some were interested in it.
In fact, French is used so often among people...I have yet to meet anyone in real life who hasn't used a French word in place of an English one at least once. I don't know, maybe it's a Canadian thing.
And yet, online people also use random words in other languages too, even though it's not their native ones. No one seems to care a lick unless you're a Hetalia roleplayer in which people try to advise others to really learn it...though, really, I learned more French through roleplaying than school, but not the point.
You can speak in any language and not have it as one of your native tongues. But if you dare speak a leak of one word of the speech from Japan...everyone is going to immediately flock you, call you a weeaboo (yes, this time the misspelling on the stamp was actually on purpose), remind you that you're not Japanese even though you probably know that, and generally throw the biggest bitch fit you'll ever get to read in your life.
I still find it odd as, even before knowing what the fuck anime was, Japanese was one of the languages I used often, mostly by using joking honorifics on my parents.
All in all though...who still fucking actually gives a shit? Who really, in all honesty, cares so much if someone says 'kawaii'? I don't see anyone throwing an adult fit whenever I say 'mignon'. :I
Guys. It's just a language. Calm your vaginas already. Japanese people use...really awful sounding English half the time in anime and yet I don't feel the need to be awfully offended by it. Just languages. Just. Languages.
Anglo is a lot closer to French than Japanese . . .
I think what people hate the most about "weeaboos" is that they learn the language only for purposes of watching cartoons, instead of actually getting to know real Japanese people or culture . . . whereas most of the languages you listed here (what is xiexie?) are frequently used to explore different cultures.
I get what you're saying, but there's a definite method to the madness.
Technically, I don't think that typing anything in any language in an English sentence is okay, but Japanese especially. Japan has a very proud culture, and using their words in an our sentences is very disrespectful in their eyes. This may go for other countries, China maybe, but I'm not sure. I really think people should actually master the entire language first before they use random words in a sentence, but that's just me.
I've peppered my English with Italian words my whole life because I am Italian. When I started learning French, I started peppering my English with French words. Now that I'm learning Japanese at university, I've begun peppering my English with that too. For me, it's just a natural response to having more than one language swimming around my head all day. There's nothing at all wrong with it ^^
I'm probably calling out the trolls for saying this, but people react this way to English speakers using Japanese because Japanese is different, from every other language in the world when compared to English.
If you learn Spanish or French, people figure you probably took that in school. Meaning you learned it in a highly respectable educational environment. OR, of course you could be speaking English well as a second language, or learned the other language because of countries you've lived in, or you have relatives or friends that speak that language. Many languages are spoken in various countries thanks to conquest.
The Japanese, through history, tired to conquer other places, but have never really succeeded, so Japanese is only spoken in Japan. If you are an English speaker, there is virtually no way you are going to have ANY Japanese family! And you only WISH you had friends who spoke Japanese .
The reason people act like that with Japanese is because, if you are peppering your English with Japanese, they can be 99% sure you got all your foreign words from a CARTOON, or looked them up because of one, and that's... well... kinda silly, inherently, isn't it? I know it's silly too, because I'm one of those people!!! Every word of Japanese I know, I know because of animes I liked!
Also, the Japanese speaking English (badly) in anime isn't really relevant because they might not have made the anime for English speakers. They made it for Japanese speakers, so... it's actually kinda none of our business, but we watch it anyway 'cause we love it. But English is different. English is the most influential language in the world. Japanese is not. If you don't learn English, you're kinda missing out. Japanese is the most influential language in cartoons, and if you don't learn it, you're missing out on anime and weird video games.
I hear Japan makes almost 60% of the world's cartoons, and America makes most of the rest. Nobody's learning Dutch because The Netherlands produces 55% of the world's cartoons and everybody loves them so much. Only Japan gets that.
People just get annoyed by us using Japanese words because it got old to them quickly, it's awkward to them, and they think we're trying to be something we're not. Plus, Japanese is probably the only foreign language they can recognize ( XD: ), so yeah. It probably does make things slightly bad for people who actually do have a legitimate reason to speak some (or much) Japanese when other people throw the words around in a silly way.
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