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    If I stumble while speaking Japanese, how should I correct myself? For instance, if I used ohayou gozaimasu during the evening, and I wanted to correct myself, would I simply say gomennasai, repeat the same sentence, but this time exchanging ohayou gozaimasu with konnichiwa? Would that be adequate? Or am I way off?

    So, obviously my Japanese is FAR from being great. I anticipate screwing up frequently, so I feel like I should learn how to fix my gaffes. I would appreciate any assistance.
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    Usually "gomen, machigaemashita ~" or "shitsureshimashita ~" works for me. Honestly, they're happy you're at least making an effort, so I doubt they'll make fun of you for using the wrong phrase to correct yourself.
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    I usually go for:

    AHH shit! Machigaeta.

    Extra emphasis on the shit depending on who you are with. Works wonders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmotech View Post
    I usually go for:

    AHH shit! Machigaeta.

    Extra emphasis on the shit depending on who you are with. Works wonders.
    Oo mai gaa!

    mada fakka

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    Oo mai gaa!

    mada fakka
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    Quote Originally Posted by spman2099 View Post
    If I stumble while speaking Japanese, how should I correct myself? For instance, if I used ohayou gozaimasu during the evening, and I wanted to correct myself, would I simply say gomennasai, repeat the same sentence, but this time exchanging ohayou gozaimasu with konnichiwa? Would that be adequate? Or am I way off?

    So, obviously my Japanese is FAR from being great. I anticipate screwing up frequently, so I feel like I should learn how to fix my gaffes. I would appreciate any assistance.
    I usually just plaster a confused look on my face and say すみません。 It shows that you know what you said was incorrect, and the face might convey that you don't want them to take what you said the wrong way (in the event that you mispronounced something and it turned out to be a completely different word).
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    flip a table before anyone has time to realise you made a mistake.

    its better to be thought a violent schizophrenic than a stereotypical roundeye who cant speak japanese.
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    I think Ini is racist against all races

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihatefall View Post
    I think Ini is racist against all races
    Once you know Ini, you realize he isn't racist at all. He's an equal opportunity discriminator. Everyone and Everything is game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmotech View Post
    Once you know Ini, you realize he isn't racist at all. He's an equal opportunity discriminator. Everyone and Everything is game.
    I can get behind that!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmotech View Post
    Once you know Ini, you realize he isn't racist at all. He's an equal opportunity discriminator. Everyone and Everything is game.
    He's racist for the sake of irking people like me. I doubt he actually cares one way or the other

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    As long as it's equal I don't care. Ini's username should be I hate people


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    anything really. an "ack" or a "doh" or anything really. あああ 違う ごめん、 does wonders or ハハハ違う、それは馬鹿だな、
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